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The Ping-Pong Strategy


Mickey Kaus suggests that House Democrats should simply pass whatever health legislation passes the Senate without holding a conference committee. The question this strategy raises for me is: How many of the 215 House votes against Pelosi’s bill are available to pass a Senate bill? It’s not clear to me why a Democrat who voted against Pelosi would vote for it now. But it is possible to see how some of the people who voted for the Pelosi bill would vote against the Senate bill. The Senate version lacks a Stupak amendment, which would probably cost the votes of Stupak and Cao and may cost a few other votes too. Opponents only need three more congressmen to flip against it than flip for it.


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