With health care reform seemingly headed for passage now that Bart Stupak's on board, Chris Cillizza looks back at the debate and finds five persistent arguments with little or no grounding in reality.
- Scott Brown was a game-changer: "Yes and no," Cillizza writes for the Washington Post. Lacking a supermajority, the Democrats have had to tread carefully, "but the meat of the bill—an attempt at broad reform—never really changed"
- Bipartisanship failed: It was never really in play. After the 2008 election, "the distrust and partisanship that had typified Congress in the recent past left a bitterness that no election could heal."
- The midterm elections are at stake: A struggling economy is always the elephant in the room. "Health care will indeed be an important issue in November, but it will be secondary to Americans' concerns about jobs and the economy."
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