August 5, 2009

BLUE ON BLUE:

Junior Democrats split on health care bill/a> (MANU RAJU, 8/5/09, Politico)

Four Democrats in the Senate class of 2006 have emerged as outspoken advocates for a government-run public insurance option, and they seem nervous about the direction that the Finance Committee is moving in its closed-door, bipartisan health care talks.

But nine members of the 2008 class are encouraging the talks, downplaying fears that the negotiators will jettison a public option and insisting that a bipartisan bill is the best way to go.

To some extent, the split shows the difference in political priorities for the most recent classes of Democrats. While much of the Democrats’ 2008 campaign focused on the need to foster a new bipartisan era to change the ways of Washington, the 2006 campaign revolved around the Democrats’ desire to stand up to then-President George W. Bush.


Dems vs. Dems (WSJ, 8/05/09)
The real political news this month isn’t Republicans vs. Democrats, and certainly not insurance companies vs. Democrats. If anything, the health-care business lobbies are helping Democrats by keeping quiet and hoping their silence buys their survival as heavily regulated utilities. If the insurance companies were any quieter, they’d be Trappists.

The news is how the political left and its lobbies are roughing up fellow Democrats who won’t get with President Obama’s government-run program. They’re treating the centrists who helped make them a majority as if they were Newt Gingrich without the social conscience.


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2009 7:10 AM
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