MOMENTUM

Major Endorsements for Dem Health Plan

Despite rowdy protests on Thursday in the Capitol led by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), health-care reform scored a major victory the same day with a pair of crucial endorsements. The AARP, one of the nation's largest advocacy groups, and the American Medical Association each announced they would back House Democrats' bill, lending new momentum to the effort. President Obama said he was "extraordinarily pleased and grateful" to have their support. House Democrats now have to hammer out a final version of the bill, with some expressing concern about issues relating to abortion and illegal immigration.