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'Last Chance' for Health Care?

Hoping to save Democratic health-care legislation from the whims of Joe Lieberman and increasing impatience from his own party, President Obama will argue to Senate Democrats Tuesday that the bill currently under debate marks the "last chance" for reform, Politico reports. Joe Biden, meanwhile, told Morning Joe that "if health care does not pass in this Congress... it's going to be kicked back for a generation." Democrats appear poised to drop the Medicare expansion they had secured as part of a compromise with moderates after Lieberman removed his support, despite having spoken out in favor of the idea just a few months ago. But in doing so they may lose members of the liberal wing of the caucus, including Russ Feingold and Bernie Sanders, who have expressed disappointment in the negotiations—necessary votes for the Democrats, who want to pass a bill before Christmas.