“The Baucus bill is the best thing the Republicans are going to get.” – Patrick J. Buchanan on MSNBC
As we wait for the vote tally from the Finance committee, which will give So, Baucus and the Democrats get a win, with Snowe joining in and it’s quite likely that her involvement, which will continue, as will Blanche Lincoln’s, who may become just as important as Snowe, will assure a weaker bill eventually.
After all, why else is Snowe on board unless she wants to make sure she can weigh down what she hates about Democratic health care reform such as the public option? Same with Blanche Lincoln, who isn’t for the public option either.
Obama will be very happy he got Snowe on board. I’m just not so sure it’s a sign we’re actually closer to meaningful health care reform. So, snuggle up to insurance reform, as that’s likely the bottom line.
“The mark before us today produces bipartisan, landmark reforms,” said Snowe. “The consequences of inaction dictate the urgency of moving a healthcare reform bill. “I happen to think the consequences of inaction dictate the urgency of Congress,” she added. “There are many, many miles to go in this legislative journey … At the same time, they want us to continue.”
UPDATE: Baucus bill passes 14 – 9. But proving that Republicans aren’t immune to irony, Orrin Hatch said he’s for health care reform, as are other Republicans, even as every one of the men on the committee voted against it just moments ago.
Title of post changed to reflect updates.