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ITUP Matrix, Immigration, and Congressional Christmas Poetry

Here is an updated version of the ITUP Health Reform Comparison Matrix, which includes the new CBO scores for both the House and Senate bills as well as the Senate Manager’s Amendment.

There are also reports that the Senator Menendez (D-NJ) amendment (which never made it to the floor) has the assurance of Senator Reid that it will be included in the bill during Conference Committee. The amendment would allow states to waive the five-year waiting period and extend Medicaid coverage immediately to legal immigrants, opening Medicaid to an additional 600,000 residents. It appears, though, that the final bill will not allow unauthorized immigrants to purchase insurance through the Exchange (a provision that is present in the House but generally opposed in the Senate and White House).

Tempers are definitely flaring on the Senate floor now that the passage of a bill is inevitable, but freshman Senator Roland Burris injected some impressive holiday cheer today during the debate.

The final vote for passage out of the Senate has been moved forward, and is officially set for Christmas Eve, Thursday at 8 a.m. ET.