Reid: 'No one has talked about reconciliation'

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed today that Democrats are not discussing reconciliation as the best way to pass healthcare reform.

Speaking at the healthcare summit, Reid criticized Republicans for accusing Democrats of scheming to push healthcare reform through with just 51 votes.

"I read what the president has online," he said, referring to the plan Obama released this week. "No one has talked about reconciliation, but that's what you folks have talked about ever since that came out."

However, Reid himself suggested last week that Democrats would use reconciliation, and a number of Democratic senators have signed a letter urging Reid to use reconciliation to pass the public option.

With the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, numerous reports indicate that adjusting the current senate bill through reconciliation may be the only way to get legislation to the president's desk.

But Reid said that Speaker Pelosi and he aren't considering that yet.

"Now we as leaders here, the Speaker and I, have not talked about reconciliation as the only way out of all of this," he said. "Of course it's not the only way out."

However, Reid was quick to mention that reconciliation has been used 21 times since 1981, objecting to Republican claims that it's inappropriate.