White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the healthcare bill will pass by next weekend."We'll have the votes when the House votes, I think, within the next week," Gibbs said on "Fox News Sunday."
Gibbs added that those on next week's Sunday talk shows "will be talking about healthcare not as a presidential proposal but I think as the law of the land."
President Barack Obama will look to campaign on the new healthcare law in midterm elections, Gibbs said."We believe healthcare reform is going to pass, and once it passes we're happy to have the 2010 elections be about the achievement of healthcare reform," Gibbs said.
But Republicans on Fox said there's no guarantee the bill passes and that Democrats will benefit from it."If they pass this thing, I think they lose the House of Representatives this fall," said former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove.If Democrats do pass it, "then the American people will be the losers," said House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
"This is a trillion-dollar-bill attempting to overhaul healthcare for every single American," Cantor added.Cantor also criticized Democrats for talking about "bending the rules" by holding a single House vote that allows passage of both the bill passed by the Senate and a package of fixes.