Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled the new Senate health reform proposal today, a merger of the bills produced by the Senate HELP Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.
California blogger David Dayen live-blogged the press conference, and posted this video:
The immediate drama is whether Democrats will be able to get the 60 votes (requiring all Democratic-caucusing members) to start the debate on the measure later this week. Senator Baucus is in Montana with a family emergency; there’s about 3-5 conservative Democrats whose vote is a question, both for the first vote to start the debate, and the vote to end the debate and allow the bill to be voted on.
Republican Senators have sought to delay the bill as much as possible. Senator Coburn is potentially going to force a full reading of the bill, a procedural stalling tactics. The best Twitter conversation was who could be made to do the reading, with suggestions including uninsured Americans to Christopher Walken to William Shatner.
As details come out about the bill, we’ll continue to post more info here, and on our Twitter account, at www.twitter.com/healthaccess