The compromise CD sailed through the upper House with only 16 Republicans and three Democrats* voting no. Sen. Ron Wyden, one of the Democratic noes, did so after negotiators stripped the free choice vouchers he and Susan Collins had added to the Affordable Care Act.
"I thought that so soon after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, to send a message that you can, if you're a powerful special interest group, get behind closed doors and sacrifice the public interest, was a mistake," said Wyden. "And all over town now, these very prominent lobbies are saying that you can descend, almost like animals overhead, trying to pick at this."
*yes, Bernie Sanders is an independent socialist, technically
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.