Like all great compromises, the abortion language in the just-passed healthcare bill leaves everybody angry, and the pro- and anti-choice sides have responded by issuing critical statements and yelling ridiculous shit, respectively.
Are women the last hope of healthcare reform? On Sunday, Representative Carol Shea-Porter said the Democratic and Republican women agree the process is out of control but believe "we can find a common ground." Men were not available for comment.
As the health care reform bill winds toward reconciliation, special interest groups and one ambitious GOP hopeful are making their last minute pushes to overhaul the bill or scrap it all together.
The Senate bill passed quietly on Christmas Eve, paving the way for the reconciliation. When Congress reconvenes next month, they will begin the task of sorting through the two versions of the reform bill and crafting a final document.
The end is in sight for Democrats pushing through health care reform. However, Olympia Snowe is opting out, Nelson's compromise is making pro-choicers and anti-choicers tear out their hair, and Politifact explains that "reducing costs" really depends on the metric.
Politics can make for strange bedfellows. Over the last two days, progressives have joined conservatives in their calls to delay or kill the health care reform bill, but party icons like Bill Clinton are advocating to stay the course.
"This tax is not just a luxury tax... This is a tax on the middle class, which is directly against what President Obama campaigned on." People, including the plastic surgeon quoted, are outraged at the proposed tax on cosmetic procedures.
Congress is launching itself headlong into the issue of reform, with House leaders indicating they are willing to work through the recess to pass a bill by New Year's Day.
Healthcare reform news: Reid is ready to force a reconciliation. Pelosi wants to combine the Senate and House bills. Catholic Bishops and the GOP want to stop everything. Ladies and gentlemen, more proof that making law is like making sausage.