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Scalia Health Care Bet: Justice Must Buy Dinner For Zeke Emanuel

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/02/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:00 PM ET

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Justice Antonin Scalia will have to pay up after losing a bet to Obama administration adviser Zeke Emanuel on whether health care reform would pass.

The two made a wager on the matter at a Massachusetts fundraiser in January, just after the election of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

Emanuel, an OMB official and the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, wrote in an e-mail to administration officials: "Health care reform will get me the enjoyment of having Justice Scalia take me out to the restaurant of my choice and have to pay -- leading option is Komi."

Via Mike Allen's Politico Playbook comes Emanuel's e-mail on his bet with the Supreme Court justice:

On Jan. 22 -- just 3 days after the Massachusetts disaster -- we were at a fundraiser for Amherst College and we bet a dinner whether health care reform would pass. (Truth be told, initially he was reluctant to bet dinner, $5 was his limit, but after I caught him in a contradiction he agreed to dinner.) I guess that demonstrates either my stupidity or the firmness of my conviction and faith in the team. So health care reform will get me the enjoyment of having Justice Scalia take me out to the restaurant of my choice and have to pay -- leading option is Komi. And I will be sure the meal violates every single recommendation for a healthy diet except excellent red wine!!! Thank you all for making my dinner possible!!!

If the pair choose the northwest Washington culinary mecca, Komi, Scalia will have to fork over more than $100 per person for the restaurant's multi-course tasting menu.

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