But the interesting thing is how unified the Democratic caucus suddenly appears. And for all the roughing-up Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBarr fails to persuade Cruz on expanded background checks Harry Reid warns Trump 'can be reelected' Homeland Security Republican accuses Navy of withholding UFO info MORE (D-Nev.) has received, let's give him the credit for getting everyone in line. He assuaged the liberals by including a government health plan but then showed them it wasn't going to pass. Now he has brought the party's two factions together to forge a compromise and without even knowing details, the support is nearly unanimous.

"If there's 60 senators who can reach agreement, I'm for it," Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBottom line Overnight Defense: McCain honored in Capitol ceremony | Mattis extends border deployment | Trump to embark on four-country trip after midterms Congress gives McCain the highest honor MORE (D-Mont.) told The Washington Post.

"I don't know what the deal is," Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonMedia and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity Al Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 MORE (D-Fla.) said, adding, "But I think at the end of the day that we'll have 60 votes."

Finally, Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyEx-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Democrats press Trump Treasury picks on donor disclosure guidelines MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) told The New York Times, "Any big agreement is progress ... even if we do not know any of the details."

It is no surprise that the public option had to be dropped, but the surprise is that — as I mentioned in my column this week — Democrats of all stripes suddenly appear eager to compromise and get healthcare passed and off the table.

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