Politico reports that Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid are in talks for the House to pass the Senate bill if the Senate will tweak it in reconciliation:
Struggling to salvage health reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have begun considering a list of changes to the Senate bill in hopes of making it acceptable to liberal House members, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The changes could be included in separate legislation that, if passed, would pave the way for House approval of the Senate bill – a move that would preserve President Barack Obama’s vision of a sweeping health reform plan.
They also go on about the risks of doing this. Yes, it will upset all the people who oppose reform, but that’s nothing new. They also talk about the new “calls to slow down/pare back/etc.” but I don’t put much stock in those. They won’t work.
There’s just as much risk, and arguably more, for them to just fail.
Moreover, I agree with Nate Silver that there is a big difference between hating the bill, and hating misinformation about the bill. I think we may be seeing much more of the latter.
(h/t Paul Krugman)