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Counting the Votes: Democrats Consider Their Public Options On Health Reform and Reconciliation

This article was originally published in RPM Report

Executive Summary

Democrats always feared having the health care reform debate carrying over past August. Now it’s October. Media coverage of chaotic town hall meetings, intra-party disputes, and a united Republican opposition show how prescient the Democrats were to worry about debate after the summer holidays. Democrats are now starting to consider how they’ll vote on a fi nal bill. Here’s what it could look like if the legislation goes through the Congressional shortcut of budget reconciliation and includes a public plan.

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