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Have the House and Senate begun merging their bills yet?

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Not quite. But they've begun to begin merging their bills. David Drucker reports:

Congressional aides began laying the groundwork Monday for Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to negotiate competing health care reform bills into legislation that can be signed by President Barack Obama, a senior Senate aide confirmed. … ‘Everything happening this week is happening behind the scenes,’ the Senate aide said of preparations to reconcile the House and Senate bills. ‘Staff is taking the week to review documents. Informal staff meetings may happen, but nothing is scheduled just yet.’”

Expect things to heat up after the New Year. But I take it as a good sign that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are coordinating their outfits, as you can see in the photograph above. If you can agree on jackets, you can agree on health-care bills.

Photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty.

By Ezra Klein  |  December 29, 2009; 2:34 PM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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Comments

Have the House vote directly on the Senate version. Then, as soon as it is headed to President Obama's desk, pass a Medicare buy-in through reconciliation.

Posted by: brooklynpsu | December 29, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

brooklynpsu, that's some awful good $#!+ you're smoking if you think there are 50 votes in the Senate (or 218 in the House) for Medicare buy-in.

Posted by: dal20402 | December 29, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Dal20420, there's no medicare buy in in the bill. It was killed by Joe Lieberman who happens to get government insurance. So quit your uninformed protestations. All I want is for the Democrats to prepare themselves while the Republicans are out chasing the flavor of the day story. They can't fall over themselves fast enough to talk about this attempted terrorist bombing because they have nothing else to offer. Where are their competing proposals?

Posted by: ATLGuy | December 30, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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