November 8, 2009

SAVED THE BABIES, LOST THE MOTHER:

Health care overhaul faces stone wall in Senate (RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, 11/08/09, Associated Press)

The government health insurance plan included in the House bill is unacceptable to a few Democratic moderates who hold the balance of power in the Senate.

If a government plan is part of the deal, "as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent whose vote Democrats need to overcome GOP filibusters.

"The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said dismissively.

Democrats did not line up to challenge him. [...]

In Senate, the stumbling block is the idea of the government competing with private insurers. Liberals may have to swallow hard and accept a deal without a public plan in order to keep the legislation alive. As in the House, the compromise appears to be to the right of the political spectrum.


Outside the Beltway, that's referred to as the middle.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 8, 2009 8:48 PM
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