With Max Baucus having finally introduced legislation, and members of the Senate Finance Committee having contributed some 564 amendments, the real task now turns to Sen. Harry Reid (majority leader) who must work to combine his version of health reform legislation with that proposed by Sen. Baucus. This is no easy task. Reid must strive to produce a bill that incorporates the favorable elements of both pieces of legislation and minimizes the unfavorable elements, all in hopes of garnering at least 60 votes in support of the new hybrid legislation. No surprise, but it looks like there’s going to be a showdown over the public option in the Senate Finance Committee before Reid unveils his work. One can only assume that the timing of such an effort is intended to convince Reid to include a public option in the final Senate bill.
Harry Reid, Legislative Architect