The Way Forward On The Health Bill
It has sunk in - the House will not pass the Stand Alone Senate bill. That is a political fact. Proponents of the Senate health bill seem to have accepted this reality - here is Ezra Klein:
Obama, who isn't particularly connected to this deal, can demand the Senate pass a reconciliation bill stripping [the Nelson deal] from the legislation. That's actually a pretty good narrative for the reconciliation rider. And the neat thing about a reconciliation bill is that Nelson can even vote against it -- as can eight of his closest Democratic friends. [. . .] The other thing that reconciliation rider will have to handle is the excise tax. [. . .] The unions might want to think about negotiating a raised limit for everybody [. . .] instead of letting themselves become the next villain in this process.
I doubt the unions are much concerned about being the GOP "villains." The excise tax itself will more likely be the "villain" anyway. The best result would be eliminating it.
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