Life? Liberty?… and Healthcare for All?

December 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm (News) (, , , , , )

Majority Leader Harry Reid, with Sens. Max Baucus, Christopher Dodd and Tom Harkin, from left, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill. (Harry Hamburg / Associated Press / December 19, 2009)

Senate healthcare bill set to pass by Christmas

By Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook

Reporting from Washington – After a dramatic month of sometimes round-the-clock negotiating and deal-making, Senate Democrats came together Saturday behind sweeping healthcare legislation, providing a powerful boost for President Obama’s top domestic policy goal.

The breakthrough came after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and his lieutenants engineered a delicately crafted compromise to prevent federal funding of abortions, the same issue that nearly stopped the House from passing its healthcare bill six weeks ago.

With the deal, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, a strong opponent of abortion, became the 60th and crucial last member of the Democratic caucus to line up behind the healthcare legislation.

We can agree to order 35 thousand troops to Afghanistan during the holiday season pretty quickly.

Maybe some view life as…


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