Pushing the pain off

According to Bolton's story, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Democratic leaders said they would rely on doctors groups to round up enough votes to pass the "doctors fix" legislation at a time of high anxiety over the deficit. And Reid joined Sens. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) in telling the groups they want and expect the doctors' support on final passage of a healthcare bill.

What is the price for Democrats taking a powerful hit for deficit spending? Support for healthcare reform. But it isn't so clear they will get it, since doctors haven't committed. Will pushing the pain off on some future Congress — as is now a tradition on Capitol Hill — make passing healthcare reform any easier ?

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