The Reconciliation Dance

In private, Reid is still alluding to the use of reconciliation on HCR reports The Hill:

During a Nov. 19 news conference, Reid told reporters: “I am not using reconciliation.” But centrists are skeptical that Reid’s public stance means the threat of reconciliation has passed. “Some, citing comments from Sen. Reid, say reconciliation is off the table,” [Nebraska Senator Ben] Nelson wrote [in a Omaha newspaper Op-Ed]. “But it will be right back on the table if we allow the normal Senate parliamentary procedures to break down.”

Perhaps Reid is playing this properly. As Roland Hedley, Jr. says, time will tell.

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    If Ben Nelson believes that reconciliation (5.00 / 3) (#1)
    by andgarden on Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 10:54:26 AM EST
    is on the table, I'm happy.

    How will this fit in? (none / 0) (#2)
    by jbindc on Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 12:42:17 PM EST
    Reports are that Sen. Leahy is planning to introduce an amendment that will repeal health insurance companies' antitrust exemption.

    Lieberman is also calling for the repeal.

    Nelson hates it, so could this be something that derails reconciliation?

    Strange bedfellows, indeed.

    George Gershwin's (none / 0) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 02:19:24 PM EST
    "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off" is the tune being sung by Senator Richard Lugar.  He suggests we have the 'audacity' to postpone the health care legislation until next year or so, because of--yes, first things first, the war in Afghanistan.  A thinly veiled argument by Lugar, but an ironic one for Obama. However, Lugar's grand idea may give cover to the Ben Nelsons and Blanche Lincolns.

    No How, No Way (none / 0) (#4)
    by pluege on Tue Dec 01, 2009 at 06:10:36 PM EST
    Perhaps Reid is playing this properly.

    reid's track record on playing anything "properly" is exactly zero. (unless by "properly" you mean delivering the republican/conservative wingnut whack-jobs exactly what they wanted.)