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Reid: This is Healthcare not Abortion
"Tonight we've overcome a real problem that we had," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters, adding that the Senate was approaching the end of "a long journey."
"But there is less support for an array of other provisions under discussion as potential appeasements for liberals, including an expansion of Medicaid eligibility beyond the level already anticipated in the legislation."
What does this mean? Anything? Congress goes through so many iterations day in and day out that you can expect this to completely change tomorrow.
Then there are questions on privacy rights. Senator Boxer argued that men would have to get a rider for Viagra under the plan and she thought that was an invasion of privacy just as it would be for women reproductive rights. Is this a reference to the abortion measures?
"I don't believe that the Senate needs to go as far as this amendment would take us," Reid said. "No one should use the health care bill to expand or restrict abortion. No one should use the issue of abortion to rob millions of the opportunity to get good health care. This is not the right place for this debate. We have to get on with the larger issue at hand. We have to keep moving toward the finish line and cannot be distracted by detours or derailed by diversions."
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