The prospects for President-elect Joe Biden’s healthcare agenda are rosier after Democrats won two Senate seats after Tuesday’s special election in Georgia.
News outlets have called that Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have won races against Republican incumbent senators. Democrats after Jan. 20 will control the 50-50 Senate because they will hold the tie-breaking vote in the White House.
Democrats will have much more latitude to pursue their healthcare agenda with a trifecta government because they could use a tool called budget reconciliation to pass certain types of legislation with a simple Senate majority instead of the usual 60-vote threshold. The process has limits, but some of Biden’s priorities could potentially be accomplished.
The more favorable dynamic doesn’t mean advancing healthcare priorities will be easy. Unless some Republicans cooperate, Democrats couldn’t afford to lose a single vote in the Senate on a budget reconciliation measure and would have