Starting off with a joke?

Federal health reform has arrived. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee started the “markup” of their bill today. Other proposals are expected from the Senate Finance Committee, and from the House of Representatives.

The debate didn’t start great, with Senators Enzi, McCain, and Gregg coming out guns blazing, not exactly setting a bipartisan tone.

To get a sense of the debate, Senator Judd Gregg likened the legislation to something you’d get if “Rube Goldberg, Ira Magaziner, and Karl Marx” got together to which Senator Barbara Mikulski replied, “Our current system is a combination of Adam Smith, Darth Vader and the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

Perhaps they should leave the health reform humor to the professionals:

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