A group of Blue Dog Democrats have slowed down the Obama Administration’s health care plan:
The emerging bill “lacks a number of elements essential to preserving what works and fixing what is broken,” 40 members of the Blue Dog Coalition of moderate to conservative Democrats wrote in a letter to party leaders.
To win their support, they said, any legislation would need to be much more aggressive in reining in the growth of health care.
The letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also called for greater protections for small businesses and rural health care providers. It did not specify how much additional time the group wanted, but Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., said he believes no vote should take place until September.
Similarly, Democrats are divided on paying for the bill, some preferring more tax increases than others, some favoring more cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.
“We’ve just got a lot of question and the top of the list would be how to pay for it,” said Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., one of the Blue Dogs.
These Blue Dog Democrats also want to control costs. That’s not an easy task on the administrative side, considering the the person-by-person cost is higher than private health insurance, according to the Heritage Foundation.