By a vote of 21 to 16, the House budget committee on Monday advanced a budget reconciliation bill to the next stage of the legislative process. The House budget committee action establishes a legislative framework by which to modify the Senate-passed health care bill under reconciliation. The actual wording of the reconciliation bill will be added later this week by the House rules committee. The significance of the budget committee action is that it is one more step in the process of moving to a vote on health reform in the House and finally bringing meaningful health reform to the country.
We still have a long week to go but Democrats are taking the final steps down the path to meaningful change. Keep your fingers crossed. Health reform may finally happen. And, it may happen this week.