The Last Battle Is Over, Let the Next One Begin
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Congress is one step closer to the biggest expansion of healthcare coverage since Medicare was enacted four decades ago. Can the bill passed by the Senate this morning be merged with the House version? We hear about politics and those devilish details. Also, a lot of boutique labels get clothes from Cambodia because of high labor standards. But, are working conditions as good as they’re made out to be?
Banner image: President Barack Obama (L) speaks as Vice President Joe Biden listens after the Senate passed their version of healthcare reform legislation this morning. Photo: Brendan Hoffman-Pool/Getty Images
After Months of Bitter Debate, Senate Passes Landmark Health Bill ()
Republicans delayed the vote until the morning of Christmas Eve, but just after 7 o'clock today, the Senate passed its version of healthcare reform with a bare 60 votes and promptly recessed until next year. President Obama called it a "historic… landmark," the most important piece of social legislation since the Social Security Act of the 1930's; Republicans called it "a lump of coal in the Christmas stocking of every American." Liberal Democrats are divided over the next step: to help reconcile the Senate and House versions or kill both bills and start over again. Republicans say the fight is not over for them, either. We look at what's next.
- Adriel Bettelheim: White House Correspondent, CQPolitics.com
- Darcy Burner: Executive Director, American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation
- Jonathan Chait: Senior Editor, The New Republic, @jonathanchait
- Emily Friedman: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Boston University
- Norman Ornstein: Congressional Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, @AEI
Cheap Clothes and Third World Labor ()
- Ken Silverstein: Washington Editor, Harper's
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