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Obama tactic shields healthcare bill from a filibuster

New York Times, April 27, 2009
Democratic Congressional leaders have agreed to pursue a plan that would protect major healthcare legislation from Republican opposition by shielding it from last-minute Senate filibusters. The aggressive approach reflects the big political claim that President Obama is staking on healthcare, and with it his willingness to face Republican wrath in order to guarantee that the Democrats could not be thwarted by minority tactics.