July 25, 2009

NOW THE GOP JUST HAS TO UNIFY AROUND CUTTING SPENDING TO THE 18% OF GDP THAT TAXES AVERAGE:

Democrats’ Divide Fuels Turmoil on Health Care (ROBERT PEAR and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN, 7/25/09, NY Times)

Representative Joe L. Barton of Texas, the senior Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, said the discord among Democrats suggested that the bill, as now written, would face long odds on the House floor.

“If the Democrats cannot get agreement in the committee, with 36 Democrats and 23 Republicans,” Mr. Barton said, “if they can’t get an agreement with the deck stacked in committee, how in the heck are they going to get an agreement on the floor?”

On Friday morning, Mr. Waxman said there had “been a significant breakthrough” in resolving one of the Blue Dogs’ concerns, about geographic disparities in Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. Many Blue Dogs come from rural districts that they say are underpaid by Medicare.

Under the agreement, Medicare would also take steps to “reward value,” defined as the efficient delivery of high-quality care.

Despite this agreement, Mr. Waxman sounded impatient at midday.

“We have to take up the legislation next week or acknowledge the fact that Democrats do not control the committee any longer,” Mr. Waxman said. “I will not allow Blue Dogs to turn over control of the committee to Republicans, which they have threatened to do. I am troubled that some Democrats would rather align themselves with Republicans than work out their problems with fellow Democrats.”


Pssst....they're trying to align themselves with voters because they represent Republican districts...temporarily.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 25, 2009 7:55 AM
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