I'm reliably informed that the Democrats think they're better off doing this alone than not doing it at all, and so it has to pass. If so, it will be the first time in history that I can think of that a single party passed anything of this size--certainly not a major new entitlement. Medicare and Social Security both had considerable Republican votes, something I don't see this time around.
At the very least, this changes the tenor of the debate. I'm willing to bet that the Democrats start throwing the less popular provisions out of the bill. If you're going to pass a $1 trillion bill all by your lonesome, you don't want to, say, piss off 25% of seniors who like their Medicare Advantage, even if you and all of your fellow party members hate the program. Unfortunately, the popular bits are the expensive things. The unpopular parts are where you pay for them.
Luckily for the Democrats, outside of the Concord Coalition, no one votes on deficits.
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