Reconciliation on Health Care If Brown Wins in MA ?

If Democrats lose the special election in Massachusetts US Senatorial race Tuesday to Republican Scott Brown, Congress could still pass the health care bill through reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.

It means the elimination of the filibuster and only a 51 vote requirement for passage:

The process requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans from blocking votes on ObamaCare.

"Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation," Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said.

"Getting health-care reform passed is important," Van Hollen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television's "Political Capital with Al Hunt," airing this weekend. "Reconciliation is an option."

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