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Sometimes, it is personal

Posted at 3:37 PM on March 27, 2007 by Bob Collins

Sen. Linda Scheid revealed on the Senate floor today that she has ovarian cancer and it is incurable. She made the revelation during debate on SF857 from Sen. Linda Berglin that establishes expenditure limits and insurance rate restrictions on health care. Sen. Berglin said the market-based means of controlling health care costs "doesn't work."

Sen. Scheid said she doesn't favor the legislation for a number of reasons, not the least of which is she worries that the medicine she'll need won't be available if the government is controlling health care. (Listen to her floor speech)

The bill failed 33-to-32. Two senators were excused for the day. Two didn't vote

Update 4:11 p.m. - Sen. Dan Sparks just moved to reconsider the bill. To be honest with you, I thought this thing passed, so I was surprised when Sen. Steve Murphy, acting as Senate president, announced it had failed. Plus with such a close vote and two members missing the vote, I'm guessing supporters have rounded 'em up.

4:18PM - Sen. Berglin must think Sen. Scheid's comments swung the vote. She just said her bill would help Sen. Scheid keep insurance companies from limiting access to medical care.

4:30 - The bill passed 36-29