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Democrats, play hardball and force a reconciliation
Sacramento Bee - George Curry

President Obama’s renewed effort to revive health-care-reform legislation by calling for a bipartisan summit Feb. 25 may be headed to the waiting room, as Republicans threaten to opt out if Democrats don’t abandon measures already passed by the House and Senate. But Obama doesn’t necessarily need Republican support. Democrats in the House and Senate can pass health-care reform - and the rest of Obama’s agenda – by insisting on majority rule instead of the 60-vote supermajority that it lost in the Senate with the surprise election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts.