David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear write in the New York Times:
President Obama will put forward comprehensive health care legislation intended to bridge differences between Senate and House Democrats ahead of a summit meeting with Republicans next week, senior administration officials and Congressional aides said Thursday.
Democratic officials said the presidentâ€™s proposal was being written so that it could be attached to a budget bill as a way of averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate. The procedure, known as budget reconciliation, would let Democrats advance the bill with a simple majority rather than a 60-vote supermajority.
We don’t know details. The plan is supposed to be posted on the Web on Monday. Congressional Republicans are still whining about how nobody listens to them, and maybe they’ll skip the health care summit because the Dems already have their minds made up about what they will pass, although it’s not clear congressional Dems have any more idea what the White House is coming up with than anyone else.
More Stuff to Read:
Paul Krugman, “California Death Spiral.”
Matt Yglesias, “Breaking: Michelle Obama Reads Books.”