Submitted By Todd on October 13th at 5:21pm
Senate Democratic leaders must now merge the Finance bill with a more liberal measure approved by the Senate health committee. Among the issues on the table: whether the legislation should include a government-run health plan. As it stands, the Finance bill doesn't include one.It's good that this measure contains no public option, but it doesn't mean one won't be added later. And, it doesn't mean that federal control of health care isn't devastating even without the roadmap to Single Payer being included.
Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the panel's ranking Republican, complimented Mr. Baucus, a Montana Democrat, for his efforts to find bipartisan agreement on the bill. But the Republican said the bill bore an increasingly partisan imprint. "I don't blame anyone on this committee, but I do blame people outside this committee for that process not working," Mr. Grassley said. "We can now see clearly that the bill continues its march leftward."What is Olympia up to?
Olympia Snowe is trying to maintain her leverage in this process, and she is in a sense a proxy for various conservative Democrats, too. She wants to try to shape the final “compromise” on a public option — essentially to block it with a “trigger” approach that would prevent a real option.If she's against the PO, why doesn't she just vote against it?
Remember, in the end, Olympia Snowe really cannot obstruct final passage. She may get in trouble with fellow Republicans in the Senate if she votes with the Democrats, but she will be in bigger trouble at home in Maine if she obstructs. Maine people want reform.The march to tragedy continues.