He Would Know
“…reconciliation cannot be used to pass comprehensive health care reform. It won’t work. It won’t work because it was never designed for that kind of significant legislation. It was designed for deficit reduction… The major package of health care reform cannot move through the reconciliation process. It will not work…” – Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND)
So if the Budget Committee chair can’t make reconciliation work for Obamacare, then what’s left to talk about? It sounds like the Democrats have to accept a humiliating do-over that will take months to work through, bad news so close to the elections, or just throw up their hands. In any case, Democrats have only themselves to blame for badly misreading the 2008 election and going a bridge too far.