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Senate Dems’ Holiday Gift

Like a holiday shopper hitting the mall at the very last moment, the U.S. Senate passed a health reform bill today. Or should we say: Senate Democrats passed the bill on a party-line vote. In retrospect, the GOP contributed nothing to the process other than suggestions that we incorporated at one stage or another, but that didn’t swing a single vote.
There remain three difficult steps in this process: the House-Senate conference committee, and then votes in both Houses on that. And a lot of progressives remain angry or apprehensive about the likely final product. But the Senate action was still a nice holiday gift.

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