Howard Dean says ‘Kill the Senate bill!’
This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate. Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill.
Dean’s call for invoking the reconciliation process may give cover to Senate progressives who are having to swallow hard to accept the legislation as it appears it will be crafted. While reconciliation poses formidable challenges to the Senate Democrats, the primary concern is that following such a path would necessarily push the the debate into next year, something the White House is dead set against.
The WH is dead set against it because a)it has other things to do, like continue to un-fuck-up the Bush years and, b) it's an election year in a coupla weeks and Dems are going to take a bath unless the electorate comes to its senses, which it won't, and elects even more Dem senators to give them the overwhelming majority I wish they had now.
Killing the bill and starting over might be a good idea but it means a failed Obama presidency and the Repugs win. It ain't in the cards.