Washington Post, March 22, 2010

The House's approval of the Senate's version of healthcare legislation, which President Obama expects to sign into law swiftly, also will send to the Senate a 153-page package of amendments to that legislation. There, Democrats will implement the reconciliation rule to try to pass the revisions based on a simple majority and avoid a Republican filibuster. A small group of senators and staffers is expected to gather with the Senate parliamentarian to determine whether a tax on high-cost insurance policies would affect the Social Security trust fund, and whether that would violate prohibitions against altering Social Security through the reconciliation process, the Washington Post reports.

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