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    >>> today, congressional democrats are said to be getting closer to working out differences on health care reform . president obama says the time for talk is over. he says it's time to vote. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd joins us. so, chuck, where do things stand now?

    >> reporter: well, look, the white house is continuing this inside-outside game. so, you have the president pitching voters on the outside. he was in missouri yesterday. he's going to go to cleveland, ohio, monday. he may have said the time for talk is over, but he's still not done. so, cleveland it is on monday to do another type of rally for health care . meanwhile, last night, rahm emanuel , the chief of staff, was in the speaker's office on capitol hill , and i was told that they got a lot done, but one issue that they haven't gotten through when it comes to this health care debate is the issue of funding for abortion coverage. and until they get that issue resolved, they're not going to find those 216 votes that they need to get that bill passed, natalie.

    >> chuck todd live for us at the white house . thanks, chuck.

    >>> the president says the u.s.

updated 3/11/2010 11:10:31 AM ET 2010-03-11T16:10:31

Congressional budget referees say Senate legislation that's now the foundation for President Barack Obama's health care plan would cut the federal deficit by $118 billion over 10 years.

The Congressional Budget Office says the $875 billion, 10-year plan would provide coverage to 31 million people who'd otherwise be uninsured. And it says the cost would be more than offset in savings from changes in Medicare and other programs.

Obama's plan would build on the legislation passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve, by expanding subsidies for health insurance premiums, closing the Medicare prescription coverage gap, and making scores of other changes.

No estimates are yet available for Obama's latest proposal, but Democratic leaders want to keep the 10-year cost at around $950 billion.

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