Democrats Say Health Reform Compromise Is Near

BY Lea Winerman  January 15, 2010 at 4:43 PM EDT

Democratic lawmakers headed back to the White House Friday afternoon for another round of negotiations on health care reform. Senate Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said that he expected a deal on a bill in the next 72 hours, as discussions between House and Senate members continued nearly around the clock.

A tentative deal struck Thursday between labor unions and the White House on a “Cadillac” insurance tax helped bring a compromise closer, but negotiators are still discussing sticky issues including how to pay for reform, abortion language in the bill, and the form of a national insurance exchange marketplace.

NewsHour health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser stopped by the Rundown to discuss the week’s developments.