Are the Dems Going to Blow This?

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Charlie Rangel says House/Senate negotiations are at an impasse. “We’ve got a problem on both sides of the Capitol. A serious problem,” Charlie Rangel tells Roll Call. Another senior Dem says no progress has been made at all. And they probably won’t have a bill for the president until February. This article in the AP confuses me even more, suggesting the negotiators may drop the mandate for large employers to provide coverage and some other points about the exchange system that don’t even square with my understanding of the two underlying bills.

All the details aside, are we really serious about this? Are they going to fumble this ball at the five yard line? February? March? Why not May?

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