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Conservatives, liberals unite in criticizing health bill

December 23, 2009

We talk about the spectrum of political ideology, but last week on health care reform, it became more of a circle.

This was blogger Keith Hennessey’s observation after liberals joined conservatives in criticizing the Senate bill—with some even calling for the bill to be killed.

Both left-leaning and right-leaning groups in Indiana organized to criticize ObamaCare last week.

On Thursday, several union groups staged a 24-hour “filibuster” outside the local offices of Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana). They urged Bayh to push for a new government-run health insurance plan and to not tax high-value health policies that many union members enjoy.

(Bayh voted Monday morning to advance a bill that fails to meet both of the unions’ requests.)

On Thursday and Friday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce staged rallies in Fishers and Indianapolis, specifically calling on Bayh to scrap the bill and start over.

(Obviously, he didn’t follow that advice either.)

Now, with the Senate bill headed for a conference-committee scrum, liberals are trying to nudge it left. And conservatives hope they succeed—just enough to push it off a cliff.

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