Monday, February 22, 2010

It’s Alive

We might actually get a healthcare bill after all.

Nothing has been murkier or more opaque than the last month’s worth of discussions over how or even whether to revive the seemingly moribund health care reform effort. But it’s starting to seem like Democrats may actually decide to go ahead with what they could have and should done a month ago — have the House pass the existing senate bill and then pass a companion piece of legislation to ‘fix’ the first bill, which will be pushed through the senate using reconciliation, i.e., 50 vote rules. (One of the funniest parts of this is watching the DC press refer to this as resorting to a “majority-vote procedure.” That’s what it’s come to.)

On a local TV interview show on Friday Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) basically said it’s the plan, that they will use ‘reconciliation’, and that they’ll finish within the next 60 days.

Yeah, not to point out the obvious, but the idea of reconciliation has been batted around since last fall, long before Scott Brown got elected in Massachusetts. Isn’t it funny how all of a sudden Harry Reid and the Democratic leadership act like it’s all a new and doable idea for it?