Some Democrats are readying a health care reform "Plan B" in case negotiations at the half-day televised forum on Feb. 25 go nowhere. The plan would involve passing part of the imperiled health care bill using reconciliation, a controversial procedural maneuver that would allow the package to pass with 51 votes, as opposed to the usual 60 required to overcome a filibuster.
"I think a decision has just been made — we're just going to go ahead" with a reconciliation bill, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, told reporters.
Bring it on, boys. See if you can catch pitchforks in mid-air!