Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Health Vote Is Done, but Partisan Debate Rages On

From this morning's New York Times:
As jubilant Democrats prepared for President Obama to sign their landmark health care legislation in a big ceremony at the White House, Republicans opened a campaign on Monday to repeal the legislation and to use it as a weapon in this year’s hotly contested midterm elections.

“We will not allow this to stand,” Representative Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, promised Monday afternoon as the House reconvened, a day after the bitterly partisan vote.

In addition to this story, which discusses the continuing battle in Congress, the Times has articles on the constitutional challenges that a number of states have vowed to bring against the health care bill, on the political prospects for additional major legislation in Congress this year, and on whether the GOP runs a political risk in being perceived as "the party of no." Theres is also an interesting story about Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL), a Blue Dog Democrat who changed his vote from "no" to "yes" on the bill, and the challenges he faces in defending his vote back home in right-leaning district in the Florida Panhandle.

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