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New Rx for health plan: Split bill

Wall Street Journal, August 20, 2009

The White House and Senate Democratic leaders, seeing little chance of bipartisan support for their healthcare overhaul, are considering a strategy shift that would break the legislation into two parts and pass the most expensive provisions solely with Democratic votes. The idea is to escape the morass caused by delays in Congress, as well as voter discontent shown in angry town-hall meetings. Polls suggest the overhaul plans are losing public support, giving Republicans less incentive to go along.