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Daybreak: Bibi Concedes, Gets Meeting

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President Obama and Vice President Biden, late last night.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

• It’s officially on: Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama will meet Tuesday at the White House. It’s going down because Bibi agreed that forthcoming proximity talks can address substantive, in addition to procedural, issues. [WSJ]

• Clashes with the IDF resulted in four Palestinian deaths over the weekend, raising tension in the West Bank. [LAT]

• Lee “Rosy” Rosenberg, the new AIPAC president, kicked off the group’s annual conference with a call for “allies” to “work out their differences privately.” Much more on the conference at 10 am. [Capital J]

• As the diplomatic spat begins to fade, both the U.S. and Israel, unsurprisingly perhaps, think they won. [NYT]

• Visiting Ramallah, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a total settlement freeze. [NYT]

• The House of Representatives passed the Senate’s health-care reform bill, meaning it will become law. [WP]

Said the National Jewish Democratic Council:

This action culminates a 100-year effort to ensure that the people of the United States have the same type of access to health care as citizens of nearly every other industrialized nation. We are confident that when historians look back on this day, they will equate the passage of this bill with such monumental legislative achievements as the passage of Social Security in the 1930’s. This bill also reflects the clear groundswell of support in the American Jewish community—both among individuals and organizations—for the change in our health care system that’s so desperately needed today.

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billie says:

Absolutely correct… It took eons to achieve and finally we’re nearly there. While not a perfect bill, it makes our system more responsive to the medical needs of almost all Americans. No more will people lose their homes because of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Darla Dyer says:

No more than likely as time goes on in the not too distant future you WILL have the government denying service to people based on age, overall health, their lifestyle and how that could have added to the condition they are in,(such as smoking and lung cancer), and if the benefit of treatment would be worth the cost. Please don’t even think that couldn’t happen. No people won’t be losing their homes because of medical bills, they’ll be losing them because of exorbitant taxes and major job losses. Take off your rose colored glasses! The government is not your best friend…

Mikki says:

Anyone who thinks they do not need universal healthcare is either young or a fool. As middle class people in our fifties and sixties- too young for medicare, we are paying out more than $26,000 a year on healthcare and we have insurance that does not cover everything due to the insurance companies’ greed. Doctors do not make the millions that insurance executives do and this is the only modern country where we treat healthcare as a privilege and not a right. Healthcare should not be a profit making venture and it is not in Israel, where I received better healthcare and immediate care when required. So is it for England, Australia, Canada and Europe. People do not die there for lack of care from things like Diabetes and treatable heart problems, high blood pressure that leads to strokes. It is selfish of us that have insurance (even if we may lose our homes!) to deny it to all. Medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy in America.


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