Reconciliation Politics

Republicans will likely focus on the substance of the bill, not the reconciliation procedure, in attacking Democratic health care reforms

Passing an entire health reform bill through the Senate's reconciliation process would likely carry some political baggage, but now that Democrats are angling to pass comprehensive reforms through the House and then alter the full package with smaller reconciliation fixes in the Senate (more in keeping with reconciliation's purpose as a budget and tax mechanism), it looks like the procedure won't be a main focus of Republicans' attacks on Democratic health reforms in 2010.

Hotline OnCall's Reid Wilson canvasses GOP strategists on whether reconciliation will be a main talking point, and he finds that it won't be: attacks will likely focus on the substance of the bill, while attacks on the process will likely focus on any deals Democrats cut to push reforms through.