Senate Democrats’ Coalition On Healthcare Said To Be Fracturing.
With debate on the Senate healthcare bill to begin this week, media reports indicate that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faces a difficult challenge in herding the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. The AP (11/30) reports, “The 60 votes aren’t there any more. With the Senate set to begin debate Monday on health care overhaul, the all-hands-on-deck Democratic coalition that allowed the bill to advance is fracturing already.” The AP notes the fractures include divisions on abortion and the public option, and the stakes for Majority Leader Harry Reid. The public is “ambivalent about the Democrats’ legislation. While 58% want elected officials to tackle health care now, about half of those supporters say they don’t like what they’re hearing about the plans, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.”
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