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Senate health bill one step closer to passage




(L-R) Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) get into an elevator after coming off the Senate floor after a procedural vote on health are reform on December 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Senate passed the first of three crucial procedural votes on health care by a 60 to 40 margin.
(L-R) Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) get into an elevator after coming off the Senate floor after a procedural vote on health are reform on December 21, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Senate passed the first of three crucial procedural votes on health care by a 60 to 40 margin.
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After snowed-in weekend negotiations, the Senate is on track to vote on their health reform bill before Christmas. How does it compare to the bill passed by the House? What will emerge from conference committee? And, how much pork was packed in, to pull conservative Dems off the fence?

Guests:

Noam Levey, Staff Reporter based in Washington DC

Jerry Flanagan, Health care policy director, Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group

Michael Cannon, Director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute