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As Health Reform Win Seems Close, Reid Struggling In Nevada Re-Election Bid

The Wall Street Journal: "In the nation's capital, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is on the brink of pushing through a national health program that Democrats rank alongside the creation of Social Security and Medicare. In Nevada, that very achievement is imperiling his re-election prospects." On a recent visit to Las Vegas, Reid "faced a series of hecklers" in a "largely friendly audience." His "plight reflects that of his fellow Democrats. The party is anticipating what it sees as a once-in-a-generation win on health care. But some members of the caucus are taking hits for it. The Democrats are bracing for losses in November, especially since two Democratic senators, Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, aren't seeking re-election. Mr. Reid, 70 years old, is faring worse than most of his colleagues. Besides taking flak from some over health care, he hails from a relatively conservative state with a tough economy" (Bendavid, 1/13). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.