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.