...Precisely the same thing this apparently honest dem was talking about this weekend (Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) (link below)) -- From what I've read on this issue over many months, it would be extremely hard for the dems to ram through a massive, comprehensive bill using the obscure reconciliation procedure due to the myriad procedural roadblocks that the repubs would be able to put up. Now, could the House dems still pass the old Senate version of the bill and then try to use reconciliation to make some modest changes to that bill? Sure, and honestly, that would be a lot more feasible for them. Maybe they in fact have that in mind. That was all the talk about 6 weeks ago. But the recent talk has been about jamming through an entire comprehensive bill (that varies from the old Senate bill) using reconciliation. I think it's doubtful they could do that, as Conrad admits (but for what reason is he admitting it? -- Folks, when it comes to these politicians on both sides, most everything they do is for a self-interested reason, and rarely quite as it appears to be on its face). So, I continue to follow the situation. It's one that seems to change almost every day, just as it has for at least nine months now.