Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Democrats' New Attitude on Health Care

As I mentioned in this post, congressional Democrats are backing off the idea of using extraordinary parliamentary maneuvers to pass a health care bill, in the wake of Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts.

In Commentary magazine's Contentions blog, Jennifer Rubin provides more details on that. She quotes Congressman Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, as saying that "a compromise between the House and Senate bills, isn’t going to pass, in my judgment, and certainly shouldn’t."

It's one thing to hear such talk from some of the freshman and sophomore Democrats who were elected in 2006 and 2008 in districts formerly represented by Republicans. But if Frank, a senior Democrat in a safe Democratic seat, also has that attitude, there seems to be little, if any, support for the current versions of the legislation.

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