A little rage and a few phone calls … plus a few hours can do a lot of good. Barney sez he'd vote for the Senate bill:
“I should not have put out a statement late in the evening last night when I was upset because I didn't really–I think I overstated the pessimism,” Frank told me. “I really was worried–I put out a new statement–I was worried about some Democrats doing crazy things, like 'don't seat him', 'let Kirk's vote go.' I was worried about that.”
Even Kent Conrad says he's up for doing part of the bill through reconciliation, i.e. House passes Senate bill plus complementary legislation, with the understanding that the Senate passes the same extra language with 51 votes.
And Matt points out: House members already voted for health care reform. No turning back now.