It is nearly a certainty that Democrats will use the budget reconciliation procedure to finish health reform. In response, Republicans are going to try and make the country angry about Democrats taking this procedural approach.
Republicans will fail miserably in their efforts. This is because it is impossible to make all that much of the country angry over Senate procedure.
Consider the 2005 filibuster fight as an example. At the time, only one in three Americans said they were following that fight even "somewhat closely," according to Pew:
That is a pathetically low level of interest in what was the largest Senate procedural fight of the last decade. Only 14% of the country, including 12% of independents, followed it "very closely."
There are going to be conflicting polls about whether the country thinks Democrats should use reconciliation or not. However, what no poll will show is that the country actually cares that much about Senate process, or follows it closely.
Whenever Republicans complain about reconciliation, it will go in one ear of the American people and out the other. The same goes for when Democrats complain about excessive Republican filibusters. Only 26% of the country even knows that it takes 60 votes to break a filibuster in the Senate, so good luck angering the country about Republican procedural obstruction.
Given how little the country cares about procedure, there is nothing to lose by using whatever procedural means necessary to achieve your legislative ends. If they do go on to finish health reform using budget reconciliation, Senate Democrats should learn from this. Don't fear the procedure.