Senate Democrats may go into the bipartisan health care reform summit later this month holding a legislative gun to Republicans’ heads.
Some Democrats are readying a health care reform “Plan B” in case negotiations at the half-day televised forum on Feb. 25 go nowhere. The plan would involve passing part of the imperiled health care bill using reconciliation, a controversial procedural maneuver that would allow the package to pass with 51 votes, as opposed to the usual 60 required to overcome a filibuster.
“I think a decision has just been made — we’re just going to go ahead,” Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, told reporters.
(Via @baseballcrank) Because there’s a whole bunch of supposedly ‘socially conservative’ Democrats who will then have to repudiate their pro-life stance for the greater glory of the Senate Majority Leader – who is, by the way, almost assured to be the former Senate Majority Leader by this time next year. And the rest of them don’t have to worry about being neglected, either: as Megan McArdle notes (in lieu of banging her head against a wall, no doubt), Republicans are looking forward to running on a platform of opposition to what the Democrats themselves described as a ‘trick.’