The bipartisanship test
As Tim Fernholz notes, Republicans have been arguing that the country needs a bipartisan health-care bill. Fair enough: Where's theirs?
[A]side from not doing much, this Republican bill isn't even remotely bipartisan. They don't even bother to include any Democratic ideas about health-care reform. Say what you will about the Democrats' process, they certainly included Republican ideas in a symbolic way, particularly on malpractice tort reform, and I would argue that they included conservative ideas because their plan is a compromise between the kind of government involvement favored by the Left (single-payer as a prime example) and the private model preferred on the Right.
More to the point, Senate Democrats actually included Republicans in the process. The legislation the Senate Finance Committee passed was substantially written in negotiations with Mike Enzi, Chuck Grassley, Olympia Snowe and, at one point, Orrin Hatch. Which Democrats have been in the room with Boehner?
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