Too Clever By Half
Regardless of one's feelings about health care legislation, the Slaughter option is a very bad idea.
Procedures are frustrating and even maddening but there are reasons for their existence. One of the best is to restrain us when we are tempted to become too clever.
I've seen this in private organizations. If we tinker with this rule and place this creative interpretation on that policy, we can get what we want. Such moves seldom come without a heavy price. Presidential advisor Bryce Harlow once said that the messiness of democracy meant that the system was working. It was designed to be difficult. That's the idea, no matter how clever we are because part of the system's genius is to save us from ourselves.