Saturday, December 19, 2009


I suppose I should comment briefly on the road from here to passage.  I don't have much to add to the conventional wisdom here that it's pretty much a done deal.  My strong guess is still that the House funding mechanism replaces the Cadillac plan tax from the Senate, thereby keeping the unions happy..assuming that no one in the Senate has a problem with that, I don't see any other issue that's going to be a major problem. 

That said, there could be all sorts of provisions that are terribly important to those who they affect and that are different in the House and Senate bills (and, as Ezra Klein says, outside lobbying can still make a difference on those).  As always, I advise those interested in the policy side of health care to keep following Ezra, Jonathan Cohn.over at TNR, and Tim Noah at Slate.

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