WASHINGTON — President Obama will put forward comprehensive health care legislation intended to bridge differences between Senate and House Democrats ahead of a summit meeting with Republicans next week, senior administration officials and Congressional aides said Thursday.
Democratic officials said the president’s proposal was being written so that it could be attached to a budget bill as a way of averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate. The procedure, known as budget reconciliation, would let Democrats advance the bill with a simple majority rather than a 60-vote supermajority.
New York Times
You will notice I haven't posted on health care reform in quite awhile. Like I said I was taking a break from the day to day grind on it until the clouds started to open up and there was some daylight breaking through. If the Obama administration really is pushing reconcilliation then that is a wonderful thing and really the RIGHT thing to do at this point. In addition to this report in the New York Times, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathl Sebelius was also on the Rachel Maddow Show last night and said the administration would support a public option if Harry Reid put it up for a vote through reconcilliation.
Now this could all be political posturing, setting Harry Reid up to take the fall if it doesn't work out. But if not then I have to say things are finally moving in the right direction. We will see in a week or so what's what.