Re: Health Care Reform on Life Support (Jon Cohn & Tim Noah)
Maybe I misuderstood a few things, but I thought I heard it suggested to pass the Senate HCR bill in the House and then use reconciliation in the Sentate to bring it closer to the House version and at the same time someone mentioned that the Senate bill should appeal more to House Democratic moderates and conservatives. Won't the "threat" of amending via reconciliation make it harder to get these votes for the initial Senate bill? Assuming that the abortion problem can be finessed wouldn't it be less risky to simply say that it will be left for future congresses to take further action if they deem it wise? The nature of this reform leads me to believe that it is not very significant if the "tweaks" start happening now or wait until a new congress convenes in 2011. If you truly believe that HCR is popular with the public then you have a good election position of having done something now while campaigning that more could be done if more Democrats were to be elected in November.