Why Reconciliation Isn't The Answer

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 20, 2010


Lots of Democrats have argued that in order to get around the 60 vote requirement to shut off debate and proceed to a vote on final passage for health care reform, it would be best if some or all of a health care reform bill be considered under the reconciliation process. After all, reconciliation only requires 51 votes. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, a great deal. Read Jeff Davis’s piece. Then come back and tell me whether you think that Democrats have any stomach whatsoever for the reconciliation process.

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