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Rep. Miller optimistic about health bill’s passage

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 12:17 pm in George Miller, healthcare reform.

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez

Democratic Rep. George Miller, chairman of one of three House committees that jointly wrote health reform legislation unveiled today, predicts the bill will pass before Veteran’s Day.

In a telephone conference call this morning with reporters, Miller said only a few issues remain unresolved.

“I am confident a vote will happen,” said Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee and top policy adviser to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “There are some discussions going on about abortion but in terms of the core contents of the bill with respect to medical reform and how we pay for it … over the course of the past week, we have arrived at the consensus necessary to get more than the 218 votes we need to pass this legislation.”

It is one thing to persuade his Democratic colleagues.

It is another thing, of course, to convey the details of the complex, 2,000-page bill to constituents who have been buffeted on the airwaves and in newspapers for months between vastly disparate and contradictory views on how to reform the nation’s health care system.

To that end, Miller said he will hold more telephone town halls in his district in the next week, where constituents have the opportunity to ask him questions about the 2,000-page bill.

Read the full bill at edlabor.house.gov.

Click here to participate in Miller’s Tuesday telephone town hall at 7 p.m.You will be asked for your telephone number and you should keep in mind that not all callers will have the opportunity to ask a question during the hour-long event; thousands of people often join the call and several hundred people may want to ask questions.

Contact his Concord office at 925-602-1880 and let his staff know if you wish to be advised of the time and details of other telephone town halls.

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  • Elwood

    Good God, two pictures of old walrus ‘stache in one blog.

    That’s cruel and unusual punishment.

  • Clarence

    Does anyone really think Miller can hear?