There are a lot of thorny issues in American politics that require a great deal of concentrated attention to grasp. The controversy over budget reconciliation and health care is not one of them. It's pretty simple, and can be explained in thirty seconds or so. And yet large chunks of the political class seem unable to grasp it. Before we turn to the principal subject of my latest condescending lecture on this topic, let's briefly review the situation here. Last year, some Democrats considered passing health care reform through budget reconciliation, which would only need a Senate majority.
Reconciliation: Obsessed Or Ignorant, Pick One
March 01, 2010
The political media remains obsessed with the propriety of using budget reconciliation to pass health care reform. Unfortunately, many of them continue to not understand what they're talking about. Let me explain again. Last year, some Democrats considered using the reconciliation process – an expedited procedure that can't be filibustered -- to pass health care reform. They decided against it, in part because reconciliation only lets you make changes that mainly affect the budget.
Deparle: Two Options For Public Plan
April 16, 2009
The Obama administration sent a very clear signal about its feelings on a public insurance option yesterday. It came from Nancy DeParle, who is director of the White House Office of Health Reform, during a briefing sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Via the Wall Street Journal's "Health Blog," here is what she said: A public plan is something that’s sponsored by the government, and therefore has very low or almost nonexistent administrative costs, compared to others.