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If you turn on C-SPAN 2 right now, the Senate is having a great debate on Obamacare — amongst Republicans. While President Obama meets behind closed doors with Democrats, the Senate GOP is on the floor and having a lively health-care discussion. Sen. Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) calls the tone of the debate “excellent.” He’s right. The Senate GOP seems informed and united. Everyone from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) to Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz) has weighed in. Topics: malpractice reform, Medicare cuts, taxes, etc. Why this hour matters: Instead of the usual talking points, the GOP senators, if only for a moment, are having a bit of useful back and forth. If they want any chance of defeating Harry Reid’s bill, they’ll have to all be on the same page. Sometimes it’s best to have such debates on the floor, and not in the cloakroom.

The big votes today: Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D., Ark.) has an amendment to limit the tax breaks for insurance executives and Sen. John Ensign (R., Nev.) has an amendment to limit attorney fees in malpractice lawsuits.



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