Endgame On HCR
Finance is going to report a no-PO bill but then Senate leadership has to merge it with the HELP bill. The ConservaDems will threaten not to vote for cloture. Will Reid call their bluff? What if PO supporters start making the same threat? All it takes is 1 or possibly 2.
If Senate leadership reports a PO-included bill to the floor, then the PO game is won. If it is not, then we should whip Progressives in the Senate to filibuster it (just like the Progressive Caucus in the House.) Suppose they do not?
Then we are back where we started - depending on the CPC to hold the line and get the PO in the conference report. Honestly, the public option is in better shape now than I would have imagined. And no, I do not credit Obama's 11 dimensional chess for that. I do credit his Bystander Presidency for allowing this to happen though. There is something in that at least. NOTE: One wildcard is Snowe voting for BaucusCare. The Village will get all whipped up in that case.
Speaking for me only
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