Evan Bayh (D-IN) said on CBS’s Washington Unplugged said that if fifty senators were dead set on getting a real public option they could always do that by using reconciliation. Reconciliation measures can’t be filibustered, so a bill brought up through reconciliation would only need a simple majority to pass (50 votes plus the VP).In other words, Bayh has no intention of giving the public option Senate bill an up-or-down vote because it will pass.
Evan Bayh said, “If the people [who] want the public option in its fullest form are just adamant about that they can always just get that with fifty votes.”
Think long and hard about that tonight. I suggest doing so while holding your health insurance bill for this month.