Posted by Adam @ 1:30 pm on December 19th 2009

The sausage rolls on

Earlier today it was reported that Harry Reid has 60 votes for a bill with no public option or alternative and with some restrictions on abortion funding (that fall short of Stupack). Ben Nelson came on board in return for the abortion language and some freebies for Nebraska.

I think that once it became clear Lieberman was going to shut out a public option, this was the best Reid could hope for. Presumably progressives will suck down their anger and raise a lacklustre cheer while it goes through.


  1. I don’t think progressives are in much of a cheering mood.

    So Reid and Obama manage to figure out a way to pass massive health care reform while pleasing nobody.

    Comment by Brad — 12/19/2009 @ 3:39 pm

  2. Meanwhile, Nelson and Sanders get bought off, Lieberman beats it back to Connecticut, and after months of the entire process grinding to a halt to try to get her on board, Olympia Snowe now says she’ll vote no because things suddenly feel too rushed for her.

    Comment by Brad — 12/19/2009 @ 4:44 pm

  3. When listing outright buyoffs, don’t forget Blanche Lincoln.

    Comment by Rojas — 12/19/2009 @ 6:26 pm

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