The end result will probably not be what I would have crafted, but the careful and deliberate formation of health care reform is admirable. For two-and-a -half hours last night, 180 House Democrats went line-by-line through the entire 1000+ page bill that is still being hammered together. During this time they were told to sit down and shut up until their aids got through the whole thing. After that they went another two hours through all of the questions they had. As one Representative put it, “No one’s going to say we haven’t read the bill.”
Those with the hammers are moderate Democrats and Republicans who are working through the big issues and all the nitty-gritty details. These big players who hold the center have been going at it in twice a day in multi-hour sessions for weeks now, and are not letting up until they create something they all can be satisfied with.
I remember back in 2003 when the prescription bill was railroaded through Congress in the dead of night. Knowing how substantial that bill was, I hoped that when the Democrats came back to power they would be more mindful and considerate when crafting an “overhaul”. So far, so good.
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