So John McCain, most likely dying of cancer and beyond retribution, did the right thing and voted the Senate murdercare bill down, after voting to open debate. In this he joined Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski who had been against it all along. Probably it will be back for a sequel. But, meantime, the Republic stands. It was a near thing but, so far, so good.
Two factors in this survival. First, feminist activism, some 80% of the people who frantically called their Senators were women. Second, the internet, which made possible the biggest flash mob every.