"This is an important point. I don't think people understand that reconciliation isn't really that important except as a promise to members of the House. Even Charles Krauthammer, if I understood him correctly, said last night that he thinks the bill will pass the House but fail during the reconciliation process. But if the bill passes the House, the same bill has passed the Senate and the House and Obama can just sign the thing. It won't matter if the reconciliation process bogs down, except to those Democrats who thought the bill would be "fixed." But once they've voted, they've voted. Obama can say, "See you in the Rose Garden and we'll try to fix it next year."
From Jeffrey Anderson - Don’t Leave the House Unattended.
"All of the talk about "reconciliation" seems to have distracted people — like a red herring — from a simple but crucial fact: If the House goes first, as now appears to be the plan, and passes the Senate health-care overhaul, the president would then have a bill in hand that had passed both houses of Congress, and — whether reconciliation subsequently succeeded or failed in the Senate — we would have Obamacare".
"If Americans don't want Obamacare — and every indication is that they emphatically don’t — now is the time for swing-district Democrats to hear that full chorus of opposition: loudly, clearly, and forcibly".
The legislation would create government-controlled health care that the public clearly does not want. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Obama and House Democratic leaders are asking their members to hold hands, jump off a cliff and hope the Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid catches them. I think we may soon see who really are the men and women of principle on the Democrat side of the aisle.