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Conrad says health reform plan won’t work

Published 07/07/2009, The Jamestown Sun

Liberal health-reform advocates have talked about ramming a reform plan — including a Medicare-like public insurance option — through the Senate with only 51 Democratic votes. But a leading Senate player says it won’t work. If an attempt is made to pass health reform under “reconciliation” rules — requiring just a simple majority vote — Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., told me, the bill would be so pared down, “you’d be left with Swiss cheese.”

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