Some of the positions Gingrich took while at the helm of a health care think tank are getting another look. Ideas such as an insurance mandate and incentives to spur the use of computerized medical records are planks of the Democrats' health overhaul law.
Republicans said it's time for the federal government to follow the lead of 49 states. Democrats said the amendment would tie future lawmakers' hands. To move forward, the amendment needed a two-thirds majority — 290 votes. The vote was 261-165.
Abramoff earned millions making deals and trading favors on Capitol Hill before being imprisoned on corruption charges. He's been called 'scum' and a 'bloodsucking bogeyman.' He speaks with host Michel Martin about his new memoir Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist.
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