Thursday, July 30, 2009

Waxman Postpones Health Markup Amid Liberal Backlash

The Blue Dogs got Waxman's takeover bill weakened. But that's not acceptable to the leftists. They are screaming! Waxman Postpones Health Markup Amid Liberal Backlash - Roll Call: ... The weakening of the public option incensed some liberal Members, with Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairwoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) declaring she would vote against it. “It has to be much stronger to get our support,” Woolsey said after a meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who tried to sell them on the deal. Woolsey said progressives fear that without using Medicare rates, the public option will not be able to hold down costs and force savings from private insurance companies. She said that was “great for the insurance companies” and would allow them to keep doing business as usual. Woolsey said members of her caucus would meet at 6 p.m. to discuss their response to the deal. “We’ve got a long way to go before this gets to the House floor,” Woolsey said.