So here I am once again resorting to this lame, overused metaphor. Hey, I never claimed to be above this sort of common hackery, especially when I'm distracted. Like now, when I'm at this very moment listening to director Kevin Smith's latest "SModcast".
(For the record, I agree that Smith's not "too fat to fly"...)
Anyway, Harry Reid is quoted this morning in The Hill's Blog Briefing Room as admitting he will lead the Senate to use reconciliation to pass health care reform:
Reid said that congressional Democrats would likely opt for a procedural tactic in the Senate allowing the upper chamber to make final changes to its healthcare bill with only a simple majority of senators, instead of the 60 it takes to normally end a filibuster.Reid is using the same maneuver that Republicans have used in the past to enact legislation, but that isn't stopping them from screaming that this is a "hyperpartisan tactic to ram through a health bill"
Moderate Democrats are hoping to see this legislation "fixed" in the coming weeks:
The majority leader said that while Democrats have a number of options, they would likely use the budget reconciliation process to pass a series of fixes to the first healthcare bill passed by the Senate in November. These changes are needed to secure votes for passage of that original Senate bill in the House.The House bill contains a public option, which Senate Republicans and some blue dog Democrats oppose for "fiscal reasons" (read: big corporate contributions).
Of course, Reid may possibly add the public option into the reconciliation process, which would make us all agree that Harry's found his 'nads at last!