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His desires to see something that.
Improves the lives of the American people.
I don't -- again want to get ahead of what the president might announce.
Next week in terms of the -- -- what you call complicated process is called a simple majority.
And that's what we're asking the president and the Senate to act upon everybody is focused on the 51 vote margin in the Senate with this parliamentary maneuver but.
I'm not so sure the votes of their house and I think they're having to scramble bid to figure out what how to proceed but I think -- -- I think the die was cast a long time ago to be honest with you.
So -- the house side there's never much effort to bring Republicans on board.
-- one day after the health -- summit we learned that the president will speak out sometime next week likely by Wednesday about the next steps for work.
And while everyone's talking about reconciliation of the nuclear option about getting passed the Senate as you just heard there there's still concern.
About votes in the house that's the first step.
So what about this let's bring in our panel Steve Hayes senior writer for the weekly standard Juan Williams news analyst for national public radio and syndicated columnist Charles -- Steve.
I think the White House strategy is now clear they are going to push forward with reconciliation Robert Gibbs made allusions to that news briefing today.
It's been briefed I think attack on background.
By the White House officials in the past 24 hours.
I think what they're most likely to do is is push forward with reconciliation but only after at this event that that the president has.
Embracing some Republican ideas and trying to do so in -- splashy out front way.
Tort reform some kind of medical malpractice reform David Axelrod mention that specifically is an area possible agreement.
Gives again today mentioned it it's I think what they do is they try edited to embraced some Republican ideas probably several that were offered yesterday at the session.
Republicans don't want still don't wanna sign on to this massive bill the takeover of of health care.
In the White House says look because these Republicans are so ideological and so strongly opposed to this they won't accept our compromise.
We have no choice but to push forward with this partisan -- One we we tried to lay out.
Earlier in the week what this process is this reconciliation some -- called -- nuclear option.
What -- you do with -- you have to start with the house passing these existing senate health care reform bill.
And there's a big question whether that can happen.
Right because they don't have the votes right now according to speaker of the house Nancy -- -- but she has.
Been making the case that in fact there's momentum building among.
House Democrats to get something done realizing that they -- -- cast one vote is the way the White House is selling it.
The people that's really cast one vote so what's why is with the problem with casting a second -- it's not gonna hurt you or help you with voters on the line that you were ready.
Given opposite you're after opponents.
A basis for saying -- pro health care.
So that -- -- big stumbling block now is Bart Stupak and the abortion congressman from Michigan.
And the question about whether or not this is abortion neutral which is what President Obama again has been emphasizing to Stupak who controls now about forty votes in the house.
On this issue that some say he may have slipped had to like fifteen or but it still sizable number that could affect the vote.
Charles the president said -- We're just gonna go forward if this doesn't work out and we'll let elections.
He's lost elections in Virginia.
New Jersey and Massachusetts.
Were health care at least in part was part of that campaign.
-- I think what he's seemingly talks about elections elections are contests between parties.
And what he's saying basically is after the seven and a half hours his when he said this.
We're ready to go and have a contest the party meaning he knows he's not going to be.
Any acceptance by Republicans of the bill and he's not -- except.
The idea of starting all over again -- to you bill.
So -- ready to go to the mat with a partisan.
Bill I think.
The whole thing -- theatrical production starts with the meeting we had on Thursday then you'll have the speech on Wednesday.
In which he'll speak about the summit Thursday and -- say look I give it a shot seven and a half hours I offered to incorporate a few ideas here a couple of ideas he knows -- -- even if you take an idea to.
Developments are not gonna accept the monstrosity of the bills as they exist even with.
A slight amendment -- there and then he'll say well I often and I went the last.
Morrow and now I'm gonna go to ram it through.
The reason he's doing all this is because independents -- win against him in Virginia.
And in New Jersey to do one in Massachusetts three to one.
Are the ones who are most upset about the process.
About the idea of being.
Corrupt deals behind our back.
That carve outs for Nebraska for -- Louisiana for the unions.
And the way it's -- owner of partisan way so he wants to show the process is now clean ones.
It's his process it's no longer of the one of the congress he's taken control and that's why I think this is all a setup and then he goes into reconciliation where.
As you say the process -- so really obscure it's never been tried -- of the size.
That when it gets into the Senate there's unlimited amendments and map allowed for the opposition which was stop -- cold and also.
The parliamentarian is gonna have to rule on whether -- -- abortion is in Iraq and whether other provisions are in -- -- And and most interestingly the vice president who's the president of the Senate.
Them those rulings so this is really uncharted territory.
And I don't think anybody who knows how to -- particularly in the house.
House speaker Pelosi was asked today what about just taking the idea is that Republicans can agree on.
And and moving forward there here's your answer.
Debate that you solid start over.
-- -- -- spider.
Little teeny tiny.
But didn't you can't do it.
And saying you can't tiller the baby steps CC we see spider doesn't work.
-- about that politically.
-- politically mean that's what happened this week -- mean the truth to audiences for what happened yesterday.
One is the general public they really want to move the needle in terms of building greater support.
You know Charles talked about those independents who've been falling -- in -- -- support this is exactly right.
So the idea was if we can build sufficient support in the public they'll put pressure on some of those Democrats in the house who were wavering.
And get it going and in the second audience was of course the house Democrats and specific.
And the idea that -- you just spoke about.
ETV cease -- I think she's right I mean if they went back to ground zero there's no chance this would get done in an election year much less.
Going for 203112.
With the presidential election after it just wouldn't happen -- they did they look at the polls and they see something different they think American public doesn't understand.
What this bill is really about what exactly right if you looked at work the way the president handle the event yesterday he was breaking it down into small pieces and saying you know what.
Our insurance companies running -- -- they just raise your premiums out in California.
Let's talk about that.
-- -- if you go back to when let's just pick that debate that the cornhuskers can kickback was agreed to was in the papers on December 20.
If you look at the polls that were taken in the week proceeding that deal which was sort of the worst of all -- -- the the deals the most highly publicized of these deals.
It pulls at that point showed that that people did not favored by fifteen points seventeen points.
You know respectable mainstream polls sort of across the board.
It's the policy they think it's the process they're answering it with the process -- -- it doesn't change the policy is saying a lot of oxygen out of the debate on whatever here in Washington and it won't likely will next week to.
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