President Obama made it clear today that he plans to drive home his health care reform with the use of a relatively unfamiliar procedure created in 1974 to help lawmakers advance politically difficult budget legislation.

Although he did not mention the name of the procedure—reconciliation—by name, the president, in a speech at the White House, said he believes Congress “owes the American people a final vote on health-care reform." The speech was delivered to an audience of medical professionals.

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