November 30, 2009

How Healthcare Legislation Will Pass

We could all drive ourselves crazy following the twists and turns of the Senate healthcare legislative process, but that would be very stressful. The word is that the Senate will likely pass healthcare without a public option, thereby gaining the necessary 60 votes for cloture. Then, the legislation will go to the conference committee to be reconciled with the House bill, at which point the public option will be put into the bill. Then the Senate will vote on the reconciled bill with only 51 votes needed.

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3 comments:

Pragpro said...

Sounds good to me. Failure is not an option.

GDAEman said...

Hey Pragpro,

Since writing this I heard a disturbing interview with the founder of Firedog Lake on DemocracyNow! She is sounding a bit pessimistic, suggesting 1) final bill out of conference will have a triggered public option, which will never be triggered and 2) will include Stupack amendment. That said, she is trying hard to create counter pressure via a phone banking operation.

libhom said...

There definitely will need to be a lot of pressure to make this actually happen.