August 18, 2009

WITH HIS LACK OF EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE AND DEMONSTRATED INABILITY TO LEGISLATE...:

Liberals revolt over public option (JONATHAN MARTIN & CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN, 8/18/09, Politico)

A group of left-leaning House Democrats tells POLITICO that a bill without a public option simply won’t win enough votes in their caucus – a sentiment that raises fresh questions about the prospects to enact sweeping health care reform this year.

“A bill without a public option won’t pass the House,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), a member of Energy & Commerce Health subcommittee. “Not only are they weakening their proposal, but they are also weakening their hand. This is legislative subtraction by subtraction.” [...]

“To take the public option off the table would be a grave error; passage in the House of Representatives depends upon inclusion of it,” wrote Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) in a letter to Sebelius Monday.


...no one can realistically have expected the UR to pass any significant bills. But it was always obvious that the Left of his own party would be the stumbling block for him. That's why ceding the legislative agenda to the Hill and the committee chairs--the longest serving members because from the least competitive districts--was such a big mistake. As with Bill Clinton, the success of his presidency depends on a GOP takeover at the midterm.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 18, 2009 6:45 AM
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