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“The Se­nate health bill passed on a party-line Christ­mas Eve vote even­tu­ally will pro­vide health in­sur­ance cov­er­age to mil­lions of Amer­i­cans and elim­i­nate prac­tices like deny­ing cov­er­age for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions. Those are good things, both as pub­lic pol­icy and moral im­per­a­tive. But the Se­nate could have done more while do­ing some­thing this leg­is­la­tion won’t do: tamp­ing down ever-es­ca­lat­ing med­i­cal costs. ... Not to men­tion parts of this leg­is­la­tion smell like a fully loaded truck on its way out of the feed­lot.”

—Al­bu­querqueJour­nal “Pres­i­dent Obama claims Democrats ‘scored a big victory for the Amer­i­can peo­ple’ with Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid’s lat­est com­pro­mise health bill. That’s only true if you be­lieve petty bribery and pro­tec­tion money are the road to use­ful re­form. There are scores of pro­vi­sions in the Se­nate bill that ben­e­fit only a hand­ful of states, some­times even a sin­gle in­sti­tu­tion. … There is noth­ing wrong with law­mak­ers looking out for their home states, nor the pri­vate sec­tor lob­by­ing gov­ern­ment. But the av­er­age tax­payer doesn’t have a lob­by­ist and re­lies on law­mak­ers to pro­tect their in­ter­ests.”

—Wash­ing­ton­Times

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