Robert Reich makes the case for reconciliation in an open letter to Harry Reid.
In doing so, he enumerates the most important changes needed to correct the reform bills as they currently stand. Reich calls for:
…a public option open to everyone (allow states to opt out of this if they dare), Medicare-negotiated drug benefits, no 12-year monopoly for new drugs, and a major squeeze on Medicare reimbursements for doctors…
The savings would be enormous and the CBO would surely agree. And there’s a route to get it done. So why not try?