The Blue Dogs heal?
A group of fiscally conservative House Democrats announced Wednesday they reached a deal with the chamber's Democratic leaders on a health care reform bill.The Democrats liberals have put the Blue Dogs in a lose-lose position and they appear to have decided to lose the next election in their conservative districts by helping the liberals get their control freak health care plan through the House. If they were really as conservative as they claimed while running for office would they do this? I doubt it. This remains an unpopular program that will run up the deficit while helping only a small portion of people without helath care at the expense of those who do have it.
Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas, speaking for the Blue Dog Democrats, said the agreement calls for the House Energy and Commerce Committee to begin debating the bill later Wednesday, but for no vote by the full House until after the upcoming August recess.
Ross and the Blue Dogs had threatened to derail the bill in the Energy and Commerce Committee because of concerns that it costs too much and failed to address systemic problems in the nation's ailing health care industry.
The Blue Dogs had presented committee chairman Rep. Henry Waxman a list of 10 items that they wanted changed in health care reform proposals. Neither side revealed what the 10 items were.
Earlier Wednesday, CNN obtained an e-mail from a top aide of Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus that aimed to debunk a Washington Post headline that negotiators in that chamber were close to a deal.
"While progress has been made in recent days, neither an accord nor an announcement is imminent," wrote Russ Sullivan, Democratic staff director for the committee. "In fact, significant policy issues remain to be discussed among the Members, and any one of these issues could preclude bipartisan agreement."
It should give the Republicans a good shot of being in the majority after 2010.
As for the Blue Dogs, when Nancy Pelosi says "heal" she is not talking about health care.
The Hill reports that liberals are rejecting the Blue Dog deal. It is looking like irreconcilable differences for the Democrats.