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Newsweek Credits Inslee Deal for Saving Health Care Reform Bill

Much of the narrative surrounding the health care bill was that a group of pro-life House members were key in saving the legislation. Newsweek writer Jonathan Alter reported that what U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Bainbridge Island, and his group dealing with reimbursement rates was “more pivotal to the outcome of the health care bill in the House than Bart Stupak and other anti-abortion Democrats.”

From Alter’s piece:

” So it was no surprise that agreement by President Obama to re-state the obvious in an executive order (that the Hyde Amendment banning federal funding of abortion was still in effect) would be enough to secure Stupak’s vote.

But if the little known regional disputes hadn’t been resolved there would have been no bill.”

We received a press release from Inslee’s office after 3 p.m. Saturday about the deal, which was finalized about 12 hours earlier. The next morning we received updates that the House had the votes. Inslee’s press release suggests that the agreement was a key one, but it doesn’t suggest, as Alter does, that it was “the” key one.

Inslee’s release follows the jump.
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