Alex's Outlook

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Medicare Expansion On the Rocks

Apparently the differences between the conservative House and the Ted-Kennedy-owned Senate are intractable, and the Republicans will try to divert as much blame to the Democrats as possible for the bill's failure (as opposed to passing a liberal bill). I think Bush would have signed any bill, and the Senate would have passed pretty much whatever Ted Kennedy wanted. The House leadership - aka Tom DeLay - probably deserves preliminary credit for killing the bill in conference; it's not done yet, but all indicators seem to say that the Republicans won't be passing an entitlement expansion this year. We can only hope.

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