On the morning of Christmas Eve, the Senate voted 60-39 along partisan lines to pass the Senate health reform bill. Now legislators can head home for the recess break. However, the hard work of reconciliation between House and Senate versions of health reform bills remains. At Health Affairs Blog, we’ve invited analysts, economists, political scientists and others from a range of political viewpoints to weigh in on the politics, the process, the impact, and what’s next.  Washington and Lee University law professor Tim Jost has provided a major series of posts analyzing the House, Senate, and revised Senate health reform bills. Today, Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation offers his views on the “pyrrhic victory” and the partisanship that was needed to get to today’s Senate vote.

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