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Pass It First, Then Amend It

It’s fair to say this ruling from the Senate parliamentarian today will put a serious damper on the Democrats’ “dual bill” approach to passing their health-care plan.

Democratic leaders should be asking themselves just how they have gotten to the point that their strategy is to amend a law that doesn’t exist yet by passing a bill without voting on it. Surely it’s time to start over.

Yuval Levin — Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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