It’s definitely “ping pong” for the health care bill — and the Senate side will win

All the biggest Democratic players met at the White House last night to talk about the strategy for the health care bill. And, as expected, they agreed to play “ping-pong” with the bill:

House and Senate leaders have formally agreed to bypass a bicameral conference committee to merge two healthcare bills, and have opted to instead “ping-pong” the Senate bill over to the House and back again, according to House leadership aides.

Aides said the agreement was reached during a Tuesday evening meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the top two Democrats from each chamber.

In this game of “ping-pong,” the Senate side will win. The House may score a few points, but don’t count on it.

What points the House may score could be hammered out in a meeting Obama is having this afternoon with Speaker Pelosi and the chairs of four key House committees: Waxman, Rangel, Miller and Slaughter.


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