Why must the effort to pass health care "be genuinely bipartisan"?
Barack Obama won the election. He has a mandate to do the many things he promised during his campaign. If the Republicans want to be on the wrong side of history, that is their problem. To keep wasting time in the hope Republicans will suddenly manifest a conscience is counterproductive. The Democrats are trying to get important legislation and programs in place for the American people. They are not elected to massage Republican egos.
Republicans feel there is no role for government, other than as a piggy bank for their cronies financial speculation. Bipartisanship is not possible. The Republicans will obstruct anything the Democrats want to accomplish. In the fractured, money-driven, two-party system we have, reconciliation may be the only way to pass meaningful legislation.
For Further Reading:
Battling Tomorrows Misinformation Today
Health Reforms Next Step: 23rd Use of Reconciliation?
Historical Uses of Reconciliation
Using Reconciliation Process