Friday, July 17, 2009

Fiscally conservative House Democrats may block health care reform

Map of Blue Dog districts.

The Blue Dog Coalition may block the Democrat's plan to raise taxes and spend over a trillion dollars, in the first ten years, on a health care reform plan that would actually raise costs. Currently, the Democrats pushing health care reform are very short of votes on the vital Energy and Commerce Committee.

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- U.S. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., a leader of fiscally conservative House Democrats, said Wednesday a House plan to overhaul the U.S. health-care system is losing support and will be stuck in committee without changes.

"Last time I checked, it takes seven Democrats to stop a bill in the Energy and Commerce Committee," Ross told reporters after a House vote. "We had seven against it last Friday; we have 10 today."

Three House committees are slated to begin considering the $1 trillion-plus bill this week, but the Energy and Commerce looms as the biggest challenge. That's because it counts among its 36 Democratic members seven members of the Blue Dog Coalition, a fiscally conservative bloc that is opposing the House Democrats' effort.

1 comment:

Timeshare Jake said...

These are the people that the pressure needs to be placed on. I hope people like Congressman Mike Ross (D-AR) are listening.