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The fact that Republicans are demanding Democrats disavow any deals on health-care reform in advance of the Feb. 25 summit (which the GOP is apparently now attending) is the most encouraging news I've heard in weeks: It means Republicans, at least, think there's a serious chance Democrats could make a deal on health-care reform!

By Ezra Klein  |  February 12, 2010; 3:52 PM ET
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Ezra, I don't even know what this means...

Democrats disavow any deals on health-care reform

What deals? With who?

Posted by: srw3 | February 12, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

With whom?

(they/them rule)

Posted by: bmull | February 12, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Is ANYTHING going to even pass Congress before the midterms? I'm not even convinced Reid's stripped-down, item-by-item approach to the jobs package is going to work. And despite Corker's protestations, are they going to get a financial reform package that can attract 60 votes?

I simply don't see how anything of substance will pass the rest of this Congress without getting 60 votes. The Senate is completely broken, and too many Democratic senators still insist that it can somehow go back to how it was in the '60s or '70s.

Posted by: Isa8686 | February 12, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"It means Republicans, at least, think there's a serious chance Democrats could make a deal on health-care reform!

Yep. The deal will be to burn the current bills in the capitol rotunda, and never mention health care again.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | February 12, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, surely the Democrats have demonstrated their willingness to make a deal throughout this process. They've meant over backwards in efforts to attract even ONE Republican vote: incorporating tort reform, triggers, state opt-outs, cross-border application of state-based policies, dropping the public option, Medicare Commission. Remember when the controversy was whether public option rates would be attached to Medicare rates!? The only option now is to embrace the Republicans' caricature of Democratic behaviour and 'ram' a partisan bill through Congress, with the Senate using reconciliation to tidy up afterwards.

Posted by: nicholasrandel | February 12, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse


Don't confuse compromises made by liberals to shore up moderate Democrats with efforts to attract Republicans.

Also, if you care the slightest about the party (which is different than 'sticking it to Republicans'), I caution you never to mention 'reconciliation' again. Further actions to move on the health care bills will lose them independents (down to just 19% support) and many moderates. (And it's not like the liberal members view the bill as a win either. In fact the only ones that win are the special interests that negotiating their own language.) In 2010 AND 2012. Reconciliation merely passes a bad bill and hangs a noose about the party's neck.

Posted by: cprferry | February 12, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

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