In a partisan 60-39 vote, the Senate has passed its version of health care reform. A House-Senate conference will try to reconcile the two very different bills beginning in mid-January.
December 28, 2009
The House bill has a public option which would ruin private insurance companies. Its language on federal funding of abortion is also more liberal than the senate.
Liberal Democrats are betting you will remember none of this come next November. They will now try to position themselves as centrists. I wonder how many people they can fool? Remember Lincoln's great quote: you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
The liberals are hoping they can make an exception with health care. Are they right? That depends on whether you allow yourself to be fooled.
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Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.