Senate health care bill likely will be the foundation of the final bill; the House’s version of the bill is likely to be abandoned.
The House is facing renewed pressure to pass the offensive striker amendment composed H.R. 3950. Should the House pass the Senate bill, the House can rest assured that the bill will not be altered (so-called sidecar reconciliation) and go straight to the president to sign.
The ongoing negotiations in the House of Representatives this week exemplified the trouble that the Senate bill has caused for Representatives. That an election in Massachusetts could cause the whole bill to collapse shows that the entire process was flawed.