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Lawmakers move closer to health care vote

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WASHINGTON (ABC)--  Lawmakers in the House are working through the weekend ahead of Sunday's crucial vote. They're still making last minute revisions to the massive bill and keeping an eye on the head count.

A make or break vote, likely on Sunday, threatens to derail President Obama's entire domestic agenda if health care reform doesn't pass the House.

Representative Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, says "We will make history and we will make progress by passing this legislation. "

But history will have to wait. ABC News has learned that Democrats are still about eight votes shy of the 216 necessary to pass the bill.

President Barack Obama travels to Fairfax, Virginia Friday morning for another campaign-style pitch for health care reform.  And Obama has postponed his trip to the pacific for the second time.  He explained his decision on Indonesian television.

Obama says, "The most important domestic priority here in the United States is going to be voted on this weekend or early next week and I have to be here."

The legislation was finally unveiled Thursday.  Along with its price tag: $940 billion over ten years.  It's paid for with more than $400 billion in new taxes.  Under the plan, the deficit comes down by more than $130-billion.

Rep. John Boehner, (R) Minority Leader, says "They are still going to spend a-trillion-dollars to impose government run health care on the American people. The American people want no part of it."

Like the Senate bill, under the President's plan, almost all Americans must have health insurance or pay a fine. And families making less than $88,000 will be eligible for subsidies to help pay their premiums

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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