House Speaker Pelosi's top healthcare adviser today outlined a plan that would allow both chambers to make changes to the Senate healthcare overhaul before the overhaul becomes law.
Wendell Primus said the plan is to have President Obama sign the Senate bill before signing the legislation making the changes, even though Congress will approve them in reverse to satisfy skeptical House members who refuse to pass the Senate bill before changes are made.
"The trick in all of this is that the president would have to sign the Senate bill first, then the reconciliation bill second, and the reconciliation bill would trump the Senate bill," Wendell Primus, told health policy experts gathered at the National Health Policy Conference hosted by AcademyHealth and Health Affairs.
So why wait any longer? Is Harry Reid paying attention? And more importantly, is President Obama paying attention?
A new WaPo poll shows that nearly 2/3 of Americans want health care reform done this year. So why not just get it done and get it done right?
By the way, another independent study shows that reconciliation can be used to pass health care reform. So yet again, why the wait? Get health care done, get it done right, and use reconciliation if necessary.