Reid Says Not Considering Reconciliation, Obama Says Otherwise

In this video, Reid says that they aren't considering using reconciliation to pass the health care bill (reconciliation is a legislative process in the United States Senate intended to allow consideration of a contentious budget bill without the threat of filibuster). Obama, however suggests very strongly that they will push it through by denying Republicans a fillabuster:

After a day of debate and disagreement, President Barack Obama concluded Thursday's unprecedented live talkfest on health care with the bleak assessment that accord between Democrats and Republicans may not be possible. He rejected Republican preferences for seeking a step-by-step solution or simply starting over.

Obama strongly suggested that Democrats will try to pass a sweeping overhaul without GOP support, by using controversial Senate budget rules that would disallow filibusters. And then, he said, this fall's elections would write the verdict on who was right.

"We cannot have another yearlong debate about this," Obama said at the end of a 7 1/2-hour marathon policy session.


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