Indications coming out of the White House are that they clearly see the peril of letting health care reform languish now that Democrats have only 59 Senate votes. David Axelrod tells Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein:
If we don’t pass it … then the caricature created by the insurance industry and opponents in Congress will prevail and everyone will have to live with that. There is no political sense to that and I hope people will see that and move forward.
The irony of course is that the most vexing problem isn’t in the Senate, where the seat was lost, but in the House, where Democrats from both the progressive and conservative wings of the party show few signs of being prepared to move the Senate bill, let alone quickly.