But the interesting thing is how unified the Democratic caucus suddenly appears. And for all the roughing-up Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTrump thanks Reid for warning Democrats not to underestimate him Reid warns Democrats not to underestimate Trump Harry Reid predicts Trump, unlike Clinton, won't become more popular because of impeachment 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 NelsonBottom Line Bottom Line Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity 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 CaseyHere are the Senate Democrats backing a Trump impeachment inquiry over Ukraine call Ex-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate 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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