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March 2nd, 2010
05:09 PM ET

Obama likely to announce new health care strategy Wednesday

President Obama will lay out a political plan for health care reform on Wednesday, say Democratic sources.

President Obama will lay out a political plan for health care reform on Wednesday, say Democratic sources.

Suzanne Malveaux | BIO
CNN White House Correspondent

President Obama is likely to lay out a political road map Wednesday for passage of sweeping health care legislation, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

Gibbs said the president will talk about "the way forward" to pass a bill. Among other things, Obama is expected to advocate for an "up or down vote" in Congress if necessary, Gibbs said.

Multiple Democratic sources told CNN that the emerging consensus plan is for the House of Representatives to pass the Senate bill and send it to Obama. A package of changes that mirror the president's plan would then be passed through both chambers under reconciliation rules, which require only 51 votes in the Senate.

Democrats lost their 60-vote, filibuster-proof Senate supermajority in January, when GOP Sen. Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat previously held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democrat.

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