Health Care Bill Passes Senate, It’s Just the Start

By December 24, 2009Health Care, Taxation

The Senate this morning passed H.R. 3590, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, on a partyline vote, 60-39.

Today’s The Oregonian, anticipating the vote, interviewed the state’s two Demoratic senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley for a page one story, “Oregon senators see health bill as step, not grand finale.” Excerpts:

“While this bill doesn’t go far enough, it’s a significant stride for millions of people who desperately need health care in our country,” Merkley said Tuesday, adding that he is “still grieving” that the final bill doesn’t include a government-run insurance option.

And …

“Choice and competition are at the heart of this health care reform,” Wyden said Tuesday.  “This bill doesn’t do as much as I would like, but it’s a start, and every step of the way, I will be working to build on that.”

From The Wall Street Journal, “A Comparison of Tax Changes in House, Senate Health Bills.”

UPDATE (4:15 p.m.):

MEGAN MCARDLE: Process of passing health care a debacle. “Congressional Democrats started out with a CBO score they wanted, and worked backward to the bill. They’ve been pretty explicit about the fact that no one wants this actual bill; rather, the plan is to pass basically anything, and then go and totally rewrite it when the budget spotlight is off.”

(Hat tip: Instapundit.)

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