Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the assistant to Speaker Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.), on Sunday night expressed confidence that Democrats
will prevail on the Republican motion to recommit.
"I am confident we will prevail," Van Hollen told reporters.
Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that if Republicans want to make repeal of the Democrats' healthcare bill a midterm election issue they should "bring it on." Van Hollen said that the Republicans face "a huge credibility gap" for defending the "status quo."
He also said that most provisions in the healthcare bill would take effect after the reconciliation bill is adopted.