Harry Reid has a big announcement: Debate will start on Monday on the health care bill! (Assuming Reid gets enough votes to start debate).

Which health care bill? We do not know. Reid has not released the bill. He’s keeping it in his rather-large back pocket until he gets what he hopes will be a favorable CBO score.

Why the secrecy?

Why not. It’s the way everything has been done in this process. Hold back your cards, then announce that a decision must be made quickly or the sky will fall.

Chicken Little legislative tactics.

Republicans and moderate Democrats like Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman should send Reid a message: No debate until everyone has had sufficient time to understand what it is they are debating.

Let Reid sit on his legislative chicken wings for a few days while everyone reads his bill, then — and only then — start debate.

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