The roller coaster ride for health care is not over yet. It seems that there is some talk of a new approach which I think should have been done earlier -- reconciliation.
After months of wrangling, months of debate and wasted opportunities, we may see the House and Senate use a tactic that was used on the Bush tax cuts and other bills. As much as I despised Bush's policies, he did at least push his agenda through Congress.
Here is a link from the Huffington Post and an excerpt:
Hoyer: House And Senate Discussing Reconciliation For Health Care
Laying out the way forward on health care reform Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) confirmed that Congress and the White House are discussing the use of reconciliation to "correct" the Senate legislation with a supplemental bill that would require only a simple majority in the upper chamber.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) avoided using that particular parliamentary tactic for health care last year, partly because reconciliation bars the inclusion of policy provisions that don't affect overall cost. But since the Senate has already passed the fundamental health reform bill, reconciliation could be used to fast-track a bill that simply amends cost provisions in the existing legislation -- if the House votes to pass the main Senate bill as is. The alternative, crafting a compromise bill in conference, would require 60 votes in the Senate again.