Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is engaged with House progressives, trying to tease out a solution to the health care reform impasse--but he says that at the highest levels of the Senate and the White House, there's still no plan, and he doubts whether President Obama will insert himself forcefully into the process.
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Brown, who traveled with Obama today in Ohio, tells me "I've talked to Reid, I've talked to Obama. Unclear yet what the strategy is, but clear interest, strong interest in getting as strong a bill as we can get."
One of the problems with the so-called Plan B approach, wherein the House passes the Senate bill, and then an amendment package is advanced through a filibuster-proof process, is that it's unclear whether the entire fix bill can survive the so-called budget reconciliation process.