Despite months of outcry from the public that we do not want government-controlled healthcare and sinking poll numbers, Senator Harry Reid has decided to go forward with the public option with a state opt out feature. He has decided that the trigger idea that is supported by Republican Olympia Snowe will not be a part of the plan crafted by the Senate.
Reid claimed that this is the “fairest way to go” and that “we are going to have to move forward on this.” Between 56 and 57 Senators support this idea and so Reid still does not have the votes needed to pass the measure. So we can safely assume that he is planning to pull the reconciliation process, which means he only needs 51 Senators on board. They have promised to cram this down our throats and apparently, that is exactly what they will be doing.