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March 2, 2010 - by Eric Naing

The saga of Jim Bunning [R, KY] may be dominating the headlines but Democrats are also starting to move forward on health care. To get a better idea of what’s happening in the nation’s capitol, here’s a roundup of a few notable blog posts and articles from today:

  • Rep. Pau Ryan’s [R, WI-1] wonky way of claiming that the Democratic health care plan doesn’t control costs or reduce the deficit impressed many at the health care summit. In response, Ezra Klein delivers a wonky rebuttal to Ryan’s claims. (The Washington Post)
  • National Review bloggers, however, beg to differ with Klein. (The National Review)
  • Jonathan Chait adds his two cents on Ryan as well. (The New Republic)
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch [R, UT] claims in the Washington Post that the Democratic plan to use budget reconciliation to approve changes to the Senate health care bill is unconstitutional. Washington Monthly blogger Steve Benen dismantles Hatch’s argument. (The Washington Monthly)
  • The unofficial whip count of senators who could support using reconciliation to pass a public option is now up to 35. Some of the newest additions include Sen. Bob Casey [D, PA] and Sen. Mark Udall [D, CO]. (Open Left)
  • Republicans are planning to offer hundreds of amendments to delay or block the Democrats from modifying their health care bill through reconciliation. But in his duty as president of the Senate, Vice President Joe Biden could have the power to stop them. (Hot Air)
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