“…. the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
There is no way that a Democratic Congress can not pass health care, and then try to go back to their base and ask for money and votes this fall. Having said that……
More news to report today about the growing chances that the reconciliation process will be used to effect change in the nation regarding health care. (The same process that Republicans used to pass their ideas when they were in power.) The reason Democrats have a majority in the Congress is to do the nation’s business. The health care crisis is one of the top priorities this year. As such the news from Senator Conrad today was very important.
The Senate Budget Committee Chairman said Wednesday he’s willing to use special rules to force changes to the healthcare legislation through the Senate with a simple majority vote. the bill.the content ofhe opposed prior to this week’s special election in Massachusetts, is contingent on positionSen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) made clear his openness to applying budget reconciliation to healthcare, a
His comments lend weight to speculation that congressional Democratic leaders plan to have the House pass the Senate healthcare reform without changes, then pass a second bill with changes hashed out between the two chambers’ leaders and the White House.
Some of the key compromises that were tentatively made between House and Senate Democratic leaders and the White House last week, however, could fall under the rubric of a budget reconciliation bill, such as changes to the taxes that would finance the healthcare bill. Conrad noted, however, that resolving disputes over issues like abortion funding and immigration would be much harder to accomplish through reconciliation.
Liberals in and out of Congress strongly favored using reconciliation from the start as a way of avoiding concessions to Republicans and centrist Democrats on proposals such as the government-run public option insurance programs but Senate Democratic leaders never embraced that approach.