Health Reform in Peril

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December 13, 2009 6:56 p.m.
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Breaking tonight, Brian Beutler looks at how Joe Lieberman’s announcement casts real doubt on whether reform can pass in the senate and, if it does, whether it will be reconcilable with anything that comes out of the House.

From Brian’s lede …

In a move that senior leadership aides say has left them stunned, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that he will filibuster a tentative public option compromise unless it’s stripped of its key component: a measure that would allow people aged 55-64 to buy insurance through Medicare.

The development casts substantial doubt on whether or not a health care reform bill can pass in the Senate, and even more doubt on whether a bill that does pass the Senate will be reconcilable with substantially more progressive House legislation in such a way that a final reform package can once again pass in both chambers of Congress.

Read the rest here.

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