January 9, 2010

PUSH IT BACK TO NEVER AND YOU SAVE A TRILLION:

Nancy Pelosi's uphill health bill battle (PATRICK O'CONNOR & CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 1/9/10, Politico)

The public option is out. Employer mandates could prove too tough to change. And the president has already taken the Senate’s side in the fight over a tax on high-end health care plans.

“Each of the provisions at issue has already been negotiated ad nauseam in the Senate,” said a Senate Democratic aide. “The physics of this are unlikely to change much.”

Pelosi even seemed to concede one of her top priorities during the call – suggesting she could live with pushing the start date for reforms from 2013 to 2014, the date in the Senate bill. That alone would save $100 billion in the House bill, according to several congressional aides, money the speaker told her caucus could be plowed into making insurance more affordable.


If it's made Democrats nauseus, think what it's done to everyone else...

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 9, 2010 10:33 AM
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