Bill Clinton has just come out and said the President Obama shouldn't bargain away good healthcare reforms just to garner rethuglican votes. 51 Senate votes (through reconciliation obviously) is enough to get it done if it means he'd have to give away the baby with the bath water just to get a few rethugs to make it to 60.
The question is, will Obama listen?
Yesterday, ThinkProgress joined a group of other progressive bloggers for a meeting with President Clinton at his office in Harlem. Clinton opened the discussion with details about his foundation work on areas such as HIV/AIDS and global warming, and the struggles he is having attracting new donors during the economic downturn.
Clinton said that he believes Obama will work with the Senate to achieve the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster. But he urged Obama to be ready to use the budget reconciliation process — which would require just 51 votes to pass health care — if necessary to achieve a progressive bill:Read all the other things Clinton said about why this years is very differnt than when he tried to get this donw and why Obama MUST got for it now...
If he can’t get a good bill, I wouldn’t give away the store on that. If he can’t get a bill that’s genuine universal coverage, that genuinely is going to cut costs and make health insurers give up some of these unbelievable administrative burdens that they’ve put on people, and that really gets to the guts of the delivery system and does more primary preventive care and actually measures things that work, then I would go for the 51. But I would spend a little time trying to get to 60.