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Reid the quarterback may call on Obama to referee healthcare reform

New York Times, September 28, 2009

As the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, takes on the task of melding two competing versions of major healthcare legislation, aides say he will lean on President Obama to arbitrate a number of contentious issues that still threaten to divide liberal and centrist Democrats and derail a final bill. Reid's challenge is to bring together legislation that can win 60 votes to stop a Republican filibuster.