Democratic fence-mending to dominate health care debate

11/30/2009 | CNN

Smoothing over differences within the Democratic Party is likely to dominate Senate debate on proposed legislation overhauling the U.S. health care system. The Republican Party firmly opposes the measure, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., must hold together the Democrats' 60 votes to overcome any filibuster. "The Democratic base expects, as we say, change you can believe in," said Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. "Harry Reid has got a real problem on his hands, and he's got to get these folks to pass a decent bill."

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