The Senate's Turn: Can Democrats Close the Health Care Deal?

Now that the House has passed its health care bill with a vote of 220 to 215, Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue feel an even greater sense of urgency

Charles Dharapak / AP

Former President Bill Clinton, in a rare Capitol Hill appearance, makes the case for health care reform.

It didn't much matter what Bill Clinton had to say to Senate Democrats when he made his unusual appearance at their weekly caucus lunch Nov. 10 on Capitol Hill. Yes, he talked policy and economic imperatives and all that. But the former President was really there, at Senate majority leader Harry Reid's invitation, as the ghost of 1994 — a reminder of what happened the last time lawmakers took up the cause of health care reform and didn't finish the job. That failure not only dealt a near crippling blow to a young Democratic presidency but also cost the...

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