Obama & The Dems appear to be anticipating that using the obscure procedural mechanism sometimes referred to as reconciliation or "the nuclear option" (meaning 51 votes suffice rather than the typically required 60) could conceivably become necessary if repubs pull an upset in the Massachusetts Senate election next week, thereby leaving the dems with only 59 votes in the Senate. (Of course, another vote in the Senate will be necessary on the final health care bill, which "merges" (i.e. incorporates myriad back-room deals that none of us know about) the two versions of the bill that previously passed the House and Senate.)
Here's my reaction: Of course they'll use the nuclear option if it becomes necessary, although it likely won't be. Even if the repubs pull off the Massachusetts upset, it would seem unlikely that the new repub even gets seated before the dems are ready to vote on the final bill in the Senate. And here's my thing: Even if both of those events occur (an upset plus the new guy gets to vote on the merged bill), do you really think for one minute of your life that the current radical-left progressive-controlled dem party that controls Washington is going to let ANYTHING occur OTHER than a massive and unpopular health care monstrosity get rammed right down our throats? Sorry, that ain't happenin'. These people will do whatever it takes on this health care bill. And if you don't believe that, then you've been paying absolutely no attention to how the current breed of DC dems has acted over the past year.