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Democrats to push health care reform through Congress… reconciliation or rancor?

by Patt Morrison

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Flanked by healthcare professionals, President Barack Obama speaks on health care reform in the East Room of the White House March 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. AFP/Getty Images

The end game finally appears to be here… or is it? In the on-going tug of war over health care reform, the President has given in on a few points demanded by the Republicans, and with his fellow Democrats, is ready to push reform through Congress using the parliamentary process of reconciliation, under which legislation takes only 51 votes to pass. So what kind of health care reform are we left with, assuming that the process of “reconciliation” works in Congress, and how poisoned will the political well be after the hostilities? Yesterday, we heard from the GOP; today we hear from the other side of the aisle.


Congressman Xavier Becerra, D – Los Angeles. He is the Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee on Health.

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