This time around, the politicians on Capitol Hill will have to go it alone without the older, wiser lion of the Senate, the health care reform idealist who became a health care pragmatist as well. This time around, when the time comes for cutting a deal, many politicians on Capitol Hill will undoubtedly be asking themselves, “What would Ted do?”

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Cristine Russell is a CJR contributing editor and the president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and a senior fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a former Shorenstein Center fellow and Washington Post reporter.