Opinion

February 5, 2010

Commentary: Republicans got what they wanted from health care overhaul

With all this talk about the need for more bipartisanship in Washington, the public might be surprised to learn that the U.S. Congress has already passed a bipartisan health care bill. It began in the Senate Finance Committee. Six senators — Republicans Olympia Snowe of Maine, Charles Grassley of Iowa and Mike Enzi of Wyoming, and Democrats Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Chairman Max Baucus — worked together for several weeks last summer. Negotiations began breaking down during the August recess with the hyper-partisan town hall meetings. Snowe was so alarmed by the distortions she asked President Obama to rebut some of the conservative allegations, according to the Washington Post.

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