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Gibbs Hesitantly Acknowledge Tactical Advantages Of Reconciliation Option

"Having lots of different avenues to take gives, I think, Congress an understanding of how serious the problem is and the fact that we want to go through Congress and work with them in constructive way to get comprehensive health care reform enacted this year."

That's about as vocal as any Democratic official has been on the topic in a very long time. And as you can see, Gibbs was extremely careful not to make it seem as if the White House has any interest in taking the reins of the health care reform process.

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