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Making Sense of the Senate's Inside Game

Understanding this stuff offers a window into the prospects of health reforms passing.
 
 
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Understanding the congressional committees is real inside baseball stuff. But it matters a lot who controls which committees. For example, the fact that Max Baucus is the chair of the Finance Committee is greatly complicating Obama's efforts to pass a health care reform bill. Now that Teddy Kennedy has passed on, the Senate is about to embark on a game of musical committee chairs. How it plays out will have consequences, so I want to run through it for you.

Booman is the proprietor of the Booman Tribune .