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House passes study - Health Care reform bill up next

Posted at 3:51 PM on April 10, 2008 by Michael Marchio

Well, the House voted to pass the U of M cancer study. Right now, they're taking up HF3391, the Health Care Reform Bill, the companion file to Sen. Linda Berglin's SF3099. The vote for that one was really screwy, with some of the most liberal members of the Senate voting against it and conservative ones voting for it.

In the House, the bill is being carried by Rep. Tom Huntley (DFL-Duluth), and its earned him and his teams 121 points. In contrast to fireworks that broke out over the Iron Range study, lawmakers seem like they're going out of their way to be cordial on this bill. Its strange. While shout-y lawmakers may be entertaining, polite lawmakers seem to work quicker. My guess is that what was so controversial in the Senate bill, the creation of a Health Care Transformation Commission that Sen. John Marty tried to strip out with an amendment, was modified for the House version. If the bills are different, which they already look like they are, you can count on some conference committee points too.

Oop, I may have spoke to soon. Here come the abortion amendments. When those show up, cordiality is usually on its way out the chamber door. I'll be watching for the gloves to come off tonight, so check back. Tomorrow I'll be doing a recap on teams. Sen. Linda Higgins is within 200 points of Sen. Ann Rest. Does she have what it takes to overtake the leader?