Senate Republicans may propose a "public option" amendment to the health care bill. If they do, Senate Dems plan to vote it down in order to keep the bill identical to the one that passed Sunday -- they should give this a sober second-thought.
If Senate Republicans actually succeeded in killing the entire reconciliation bill, they will not have stopped health care reform. That is law. Instead, Senate Republicans will have saved the "Cornhusker Kickback" and the "Gator-aid."
The American people have had enough of this double standard. The Democrats were elected to govern and to address the horrendous problems this country faces. It is time for the Democrats to use the reconciliation rules.
If conservative obstructionists actually think this is unconstitutional, they should be giddy, because they then could have the courts nullify the entire law as illegitimate. But they know that it is legit.
The President is on-message day-in and day-out, but if the rest of his party is busy jousting over the details, media coverage will be about the uncertain outcome of the conflicts, which will swamp any messaging effort.
Unlike cloture, a procedure which allows the Senate to cut off debate with 60 votes, reconciliation does not guarantee a final vote. In reconciliation, Senators can offer an unlimited number of amendments.