"And Then . . "

The "pragmatic" Kevin Drum writes:

If Democrats want to pass a healthcare bill, there's only one way to do it: the House needs to pass the existing Senate bill and then the two sides need to agree to a few limited changes. These changes would be passed through both House and Senate via "reconciliation," which allows budget-related measures to be passed with a simple majority.

(Emphasis supplied.) Kevin apparently has not been listening - the House Dems will not play the "and then" game. They do not trust the Senate, and with good reason. Exhibit A is Kent Conrad. here is the political reality Village Dems - the House will not pass the Stand Alone Senate Bill "and then" wait for the Senate to agree to a reconciliation fix. They must happen at the same time. That's just the way it is. Deal with it.

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    Um (none / 0) (#1)
    by lilburro on Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 12:11:14 PM EST
    but haven't Kevin and Ezra been telling me that this is the ONLY chance for us to work on healthcare for years?  And I'm supposed to believe that right after passing the Senate bill they're going to go back to work on it?

    I think there are 50 votes in the Senate for reconciliation fixes now.  But I do know there are more than 50 @ssholes in the Senate, and that means that if "health care" gets passed that they will renege on whatever dumb agreements they had in place and abandon "health care" for the rest of the year.

    This title should have elicited way (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 04:33:34 PM EST
    more comments.