It’s very likely that we may have a health care bill in the next two to four weeks. Hard to believe our long national partisan nightmare could be over so quickly! The word you will probably hear most frequently today other than ‘nuclear’ (as in the Dems are opting for the ‘nuclear’ option) is ‘reconciliation.’ ‘Reconciliation rules’, as they are known, “would allow Democrats to pass the legislation with just 51 votes, as opposed to the 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster and proceed to a vote.” It is what Republicans are referring to when they accuse the President of “going nuclear.” Point is, the President no longer cares (though he did offer last night to use some GOP health proposals in a final nod to bipartisanship).
Last night Rachel Maddow highlighted certain hypocrisy on the part of some GOP members in their criticizing Obama’s employing of the ‘reconciliation’ option. Turns out they have done so themselves….on many occasions!
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