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liberalpragmatist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 03:10 PM
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8. Possibly
That's what Chuck Schumer was advocating. The concern is that you can't exactly do that in a vacuum - you think Lieberman, for example, is going to happily go along with that strategy? It's very possible that you'd lose 60 votes for the non-reconciliation bill even if it was more conservative, precisely because it would be obvious just one part of the package, and blocking it would be necessary to prevent passage of the second bill.

So that would have been the risk. But you're right that I think they should have gone that route, maybe by passing a smaller, reconciliation-only bill with a public option this year and then later going back and doing the bigger, non-controversial insurance regulations through the regular process.
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