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.
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.
I fought for a public option, but I will proudly vote to save lives rather than kill this legislation because it lacks a single provision. The only pledge I'm making is to protect and insure as many Americans as possible.
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.
It's all Kabuki theater to cover up the truth that President Obama made a backroom deal with the for-profit hospital industry that the final health care bill would not include a national public option.
Student lending reform could have passed the Senate long ago, but because it had to wait on health care, the lobbyists have had plenty of time to chip away at the Senate. But colleges across the country can't wait another year for relief.
That Republicans lie and adopt positions that directly contradict positions they've previously adopted. is bad enough. Much worse is the liberal media treating falsehoods as if they're merely just a "side" in a debate about politics.