Blue Dog Dems Reach House Health Agreement
It boils down to this…a public option will remain, but co-ops will be part of the deal too.
This will likely pass in the House, and the public option will be booted from the Senate’s version.
More from MSNBC…
House leaders, the White House and four Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee reached a deal Wednesday on a health care overhaul. The Energy panel will be resuming a markup of the measure at 4 p.m with plans to vote on the bill by Friday, according to Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).
Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), head of the Blue Dog health care task force, said the deal would cut more than $100 billion from the Democratic health bill, increase exemptions for small businesses and prevent the public insurance option from basing reimbursements on Medicare rates.
As mentioned above, no doubt there will be a fight between keeping the public option or just going full force for the co-op option. Personally, even if having a public option is better, I think that position is untenable in the Senate because it can’t garner 60 votes.
We shall see…