AirTalk for December 24, 2009

Senate passes historic healthcare measure

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (C) speaks amidst (L-R), Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Reid, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) after the US Senate passed the national health care legislation bill by a 60-39 margin on Capitol Hill, On December 24, 2009 in Washington, DC. The bill, adopted by 60 votes to 39, aims to cover some 31m uninsured Americans.

Today, Senate Democrats passed their landmark healthcare reform bill, 60 to 39. Next: the House and Senate bills will have to be reconciled in the New Year. There are thorny differences between the two versions, including abortion language, the public option and tax increases. How hard will it be to merge the bills? And when all the deals are done, how reformative will the final package be?

Guests:

Kitty Felde, KPCC’s Washington Correspondent

Congressman John Campbell, (R-48), Representing the 48th district in Orange County, which includes Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel

Congressman Brad Sherman, (D-27), Representing the 27th district in the the west San Fernando Valley, which includes Sherman Oaks, Reseda, Northridge, and Porter Ranch

Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief, "Health Affairs," a non-partisan health policy journal

Ted Marmor, Professor Emeritus of Public Management and Political Science at Yale University

Thomas Miller, Resident Fellow, former health policy economist for Congress's Joint Economic Committee


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