According to Bolton's story, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidTop Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor GOP in uncharted territory rolling back rules through resolutions MORE (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 BaucusMax Sieben BaucusTop Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP tries to keep spotlight on taxes amid Mueller charges Clinton-Sanders tensions linger for Democrats MORE (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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