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Roland Burris Reads "Twas the Night Before Health Care"

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    Roland Burris Reads "Twas the Night Before Health Care"
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    Roland Burris, Christmas poet.

    With the health care bill passed, the senator from Illinois used floor time Tuesday to recite his own special version of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

    And just in case you'd like to read along with Papa Burris:

    Twas the night before Christmas
    and all through the Senate
    the Right held up our health care bill
    no matter what was in it.

    The people had voted
    they mandated reform
    but Republicans blew up
    the gathering storm

    "We'll clog up the Senate!"
    they cried with a grin
    "and in the midterm elections
    we'll get voted in!"

    They knew regular folks
    needed help right this second
    but fundraisers, lobbyists
    and politics beckoned.

    Try as they might
    Democrats could not win
    because their majority
    was simply too thin

    Then across every state
    there rose such a clatter
    the whole Senate rushed out
    to see what was the matter

    all sprang up from their desk
    and ran from the floor
    straight through the court room
    and right out the door

    and what in the world
    could be quite so raucous
    but a mandate for change
    from the Democratic caucus

    The president, the speaker
    and of course leader Reid
    had answered the call
    in the hour of need

    more rapid than eagles
    the provisions they came
    and they whistled and shouted
    and called them by name

    Better coverage, costs savings
    a strong public plan
    accountable options
    we said "yes we can!"

    "No exclusions or changes
    for pre-existing conditions,
    let's pass a bill
    that restores competition!"

    The Democrats all came together
    to fight
    for the American people
    that Christmas Eve night

    and then in a twinkle
    heard under the dome
    the roll call was closed
    and it was time to go home

    Despite the obstructionist
    tactics of some
    the filibuster had broken
    the people had won

    And a good bill was ready
    for president Obama
    to sign and end
    health care drama

    the Democrats explained
    as they drove out of sight
    better coverage for all
    even our friends on the Right.