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From “Morning Joe”:
JOE SCARBOROUGH: So, in the short run, what’s happening on the Hill, guys? It sounds like Nancy Pelosi is drawing a line in the sand. John Boehner, not far behind.
MARK HALPERIN: I think there are three areas, talking to business people, that they’re worried about. One is if there’s a two-part deal, which it looks like we’re headed towards. If we get a deal in the lame duck, kicks a lot of the decisions down the road, is that enough to get people making decisions in a different way come the beginning of the year?
JOE SCARBOROUGH: And is it?
MARK HALPERIN: I don’t know the answer to that. Again, these are the three areas of uncertainty. I don’t know what the answers are. Second is health care. That’s going to be part of this deal and, for a lot of businesses now the tax issue gets a lot of attention, but will ObamaCare be a drag on business? And a lot of people in the private sector still don’t get how it’s supposed to help them control costs and deal with their overall payroll situation. And finally, look, we may get a deal amongst leaders, we’ve seen this before, that doesn’t pass in the House the first time around and you see a lot of questions about the Tea Partiers, Paul Ryan and others, will they be on board for a big deal? And a lot of business people I’ve talked to are worried that you can’t get this done in a way that won’t have some failure associated with it and we don’t know what effect that will have on markets.
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