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Once Upon a Time, Democrats Had a Health Care Deal

January 30, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Just in case any health care reform proponents aren’t sufficiently agonized

[Sen. Tom Harkin] said “we had an agreement, with the House, the White House and the Senate. We sent it to [the Congressional Budget Office] to get scored and then Tuesday happened and we didn’t get it back.” He said negotiators had an agreement in hand on Friday, Jan. 15.

Harkin made clear that negotiators had reached a final deal on the entire bill, not just the excise plans, which had been reported the previous day, Jan. 14.

What they didn’t have was a plan for what to do about health care if Scott Brown won in Massachusetts.

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