The United States Senate has passed a Health-Care Reform bill on Christmas Eve. (Now the House of Representatives and the Senate will try to combine each of their versions into one whole bill.)
Striking to me is the complete party-line split--Every time.
What do you think are the main causes of such division? Is it beneficial for Congress to work this way? Where do you think party politics will go from here? Is this a sign, a fork in the road?
In Senate Health Care Vote, New Partisan Vitriol
By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
Published: December 23, 2009
WASHINGTON — The vote on Monday, in the dead of night, was 60 to 40. The vote on Tuesday, just after daybreak, was 60 to 39. And the vote on Wednesday afternoon, at a civil hour but after less-than-civil debate, was 60 to 39 again — an immutable tally that showed Democrats unwavering in the march to adopt a far-reaching overhaul of the health care system over united Republican opposition.
The votes also marked something else: the culmination of more than a generation of partisan polarization of the American political system, and a precipitous decline in collegiality and collaboration in governing that seemed to move in inverse proportion to a rising influence of lobbying, money, the 24-hour news cycle and hostilities on talk shows and in the blogosphere.
The health care legislation was approved Thursday morning, with the Senate divided on party lines — something that has not happened in modern times on so important a shift in domestic policy, or on major legislation of any kind, lawmakers and Congressional historians said.