Healthcare could be pushed through

Bipartisan support may not be needed

CNN reports that Democrats are looking to push their healthcare reform bill through congress without support from Republicans or conservative members in their own party. A lack of bipartisan support has prevented the White House from getting the 60 votes it needs to avoid a possible filibuster, but Democrats may be able to succeed using a method called reconciliation, which is a budget measure that only requires 51 votes to pass. This may bring heavy criticism from Republicans, who will probably label the action a power grab. But a lack of movement from a bipartisan committee set up to negotiate health care legislation is making democrats more willing to take the risk. This all comes as a surprise to many, since Obama recently seemed to soften on his demands for a public health option, which was the main point of contention with conservatives. The administration has denied any such change in policy.