US Senate – finally – to begin debate on health care reform package

By Incorrect Author 1 December 2009

Despite serious divisions between some Democrats, the Senate began its floor debate on health care reform on Monday, even as the Democrats fight among themselves. Democrats need 60 votes to bring the debate to a close, but some in the party are threatening to abandon ship unless the bill has tighter restrictions on abortion coverage. Yet others say they won’t support the bill unless a government plan to compete with private insurance companies gets tossed out at the end. However, such concessions would enrage the party’s liberal-left wing. And at this point, it is increasingly unlikely the Democrats will be able count on any of the Senate’s 40 Republicans, except – perhaps - one or two from Maine. For more, follow the saga on the AP, among other news sources

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