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Healthcare debate is officially on in the Senate

Los Angeles Times, December 1, 2009

After almost a year of maneuvering over policies and politics, the Senate officially began debate on the legislation to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, but it remained uncertain how long the deliberations would last or how much the bill would change before it comes to a vote, the Los Angeles Times reports. With Republicans united in opposition and conservative Democrats and the Senate's two independents continuing to express reservations, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) faced a challenge in building the filibuster-proof majority needed for passage, reports the Times.