Dems Pass Healthcare
(c) Walt Handelsman
In 1965 when Medicare passed, Republicans buried their animosities and supported the bill
The date was
For more than a year, Republicans, led by
But on the day of the vote, the screaming stopped. Republicans knew that Democrats had locked up the votes they needed. Byrnes told his colleagues to bury "any disagreement or animosities" and "do their utmost to make the program work as well as possible."
Though he thought the bill was bad, he voted for it nonetheless, a collegial notion that no doubt seems dated today.
However one feels about the current healthcare legislation in
After scrambling, at President Obama's urging, to find yes votes for the
healthcare bill the
In this partisan environment, in this age of sound bites transmitted to millions
of people in real time and repeated over and over again, no Republicans
were expected to bury their "disagreement or animosities," and none has.
Republicans focused for much of the week on the Democrats'
last-minute legislative tactics, going so far as to claim that the
maneuvers House Speaker
But as the history of the
Back then, the House
In the run-up to the histroic health care reform vote, opponents lobbed a final volley.
The insurance industry, under attack from the
Ultimately, the ads and the television spot
As Sunday's vote demonstrated, Democrats have their overwhelming legislative majority, however fractured it may be, to thank, too. But no Republicans.
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