Democrats moving towards using budget reconciliation to pass health care

Obama accusing Republicans of lying ("It is a lie") and that is viewed as offering an olive branch:

By offering Republicans olive branches during his address to Congress on Wednesday, Obama has set up a win-win situation. If GOP lawmakers embrace compromise, a healthcare bill would pass Congress easily. But the more likely scenario is that Republicans will continue to oppose Obama’s plan, and the president later this fall will be able to note he tried to strike a deal with the GOP but could not.

That will set up a Democratic argument that Senate leaders have been forced to use a partisan budget tool known as reconciliation to pass a health bill through the Senate by a simple majority, instead of 60 votes. Under the budget plan they passed earlier this year, Democrats could invoke the reconciliation process on Oct. 15. . . . .

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Blogger Angie said...

Compromise? Everything I've read indicates that Pelosi won't allow GOP bills on the floor and Obama won't meet the Republicans.

If they do go the reconciiation route, I pray that some Congressman will ask SCOTUS to step in.

9/13/2009 2:10 AM  

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