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May 6th, 2009
09:17 AM ET

Grateful Dead on health care

Julian E. Zelizer
Special to CNN

All the stars seem to have aligned for the passage of national health care reform. Victory, supporters say, is inevitable.

During the past week, two important developments excited health care proponents.

First, President Obama and Senate Democrats included reconciliation instructions in the budget for health care. If a deal is not reached by October, congressional Democrats can use a process that prohibits a filibuster and allows passage of the bill with 51 rather than 60 votes in the Senate.

And even if opponents of the bill attempted to stage a filibuster, the switch of Sen. Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party, combined with the likely victory of Al Franken as a senator from Minnesota, would provide Democrats with 60 votes to fight it off.

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  1. Sandra

    Kiss your quality Health care good bye. As it is people are having to leave the country to get better cancer treatments elsewhere. With national healthcare you forget about getting treated at all. Get in line and if you live long enough, maybe someone will look at you and decide if you are worth getting treatment or if it should be reserved for someone younger or with more money or???

    May 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm |