Senator likens health care reform to slavery

Posted by Janis Demarest - email

(WASHINGTON) The debate over health care reform has grown more heated and more divisive.

The issues on the table are old and familiar, but not exactly what you'd expect from a debate over expanding insurance coverage.

The two most contentious issues in the senate's health care debate are slavery and abortion.

The idea was introduced by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) saying Republicans played the same tricks when it came to abolishing slavery, "You think you've heard these same excuses before? You're right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, slow down, it's too early."

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele demanded an apology.

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) declared himself "astonished, "I would very much appreciate if the -- if Senator Reid would come to the floor and if not apologize certainly clarify his remarks."

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