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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Senate Push on Health Care Falling Short


“Senate Democratic leaders appeared poised Monday night to abandon efforts to create a government-run insurance safety net in their push for health-care reform, as they attempted to close ranks around a bill they hoped would win the backing of all 60 members of their caucus … Democratic negotiators had already disappointed liberal lawmakers by jettisoning a full-fledged public insurance plan a week earlier. Last night, party leaders conceded that a key portion of the compromise they crafted to replace the public option — a proposal allowing people as young as 55 to buy into Medicare — also did not have sufficient support from Democratic moderates to overcome a likely Republican filibuster.” (Washington Post, Tuesday)

Joe Lieberman comes back to haunt Democrats.

FEE Timely Classic:
Rights Versus Entitlements” by Steven Yates