From NBC's Luke Russert
Taking questions from reporters after a press conference regarding her meeting with some of the top economists from the United States, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today said that the House would pass health-care reform by Thanksgiving,
"We're on schedule, and we're pleased from our standpoint that we will have a bill passed well before Thanksgiving -- and hopefully in time for it to be signed with the work done with the Senate to be signed before Thanksgiving but certainly this year."
Pelosi seemed more optimistic this week than her colleague Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who said last week, "Health care, we want to get that done, although I don't guarantee it, certainly we are going to get it done in the House. And I'm hopeful that during this next month and half we will be working with the Senate… Once they decide what they are going to do and what we are going to do, we'll talk about how we are going to resolve differences that we have."
Even the most dedicated Democrats will say privately that it is a long-shot for health-care reform to be passed through the House and Senate by Thanksgiving.