In the Senate today Vermont Socialist (we're not using it in the normal pejorative sense
-- that's what he calls himself
) Bernie Sanders has introduced an amendment to the health care bill providing a single-payer alternative, the Holy Grail
of leftist HC wonks. Republican Tom Coburn has demanded, as procedure allows, that the amendment be read aloud
. The amendment is 767 pages long. So, if you were looking for action in D.C. today, don't go to the Senate.
"The body of the bill seems to be going faster than the table of contents," says the American Spectator, "but it still looks likely to take at least 12 hours at this pace."