Dems will Rahm the Health Care Through beginning Monday: Today’s Summit Be Damned!

Politico is reporting that an unnamed Democratic official says today’s health care summit is to give a face to gridlock, and the reconciliation process will begin next week.

Health Care

During the summit, Harry Reid this very morning, said no one has talked about reconciliation but Republicans!

A Democratic official said the six-hour
was expected to “give a face to gridlock, in the form of
House and Senate Republicans.”

Democrats plan to begin rhetorical, and perhaps legislative, steps
toward the Democrats-only, or reconciliation,
process early next week, the strategists said.

After the
, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid planned to take the temperature of their caucuses.

“The point [of the summit] is to alter the political atmospherics, and
it will take a day or two to sense if it succeeded,” the official said.

Positive statements by Sen. Evan
Bayh (D-Ind.) and Sen. Mary
Landrieu (D-La. of late “are early signs the environment is
already shifting a little in favor of revisiting health care.”

I’m live-blogging the summit, for as long as I can sit here to do it.

Linked by pamib who has a hilarious piece on what really happened in the health care summit day – hope you’ read it.