FORGET THE GOP

Obama Planning Dems-Only Bill?

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) signaled Sunday that he is ready to give up on a bipartisan health-care plan, and that Obama is also considering “alternatives” to a Republican-approved reform bill. On NBC's Meet the Press, Schumer said Obama and Democratic leaders are "bending over backward" to create a bipartisan bill, but might have to resort to a "reconciliation" process to pass reforms if Republicans don't come around. The bill, which Schumer said would most likely include the public-health-care option declared essential by many Democrats, could be passed with only 51 votes in the Senate through budget reconciliation.