Sweet Jesus, haven’t these two caused enough damage to the Democratic Party? Nasty Pelosi and Dingy Harry are meeting to discuss how they can make that nasty healthcare bill taste better to liberal House members.
The changes being considered track closely with the agreements House and Senate leaders made in White House meetings last week, according to a source. They include the deal with labor unions to ease the tax on high-end insurance plans, additional Medicare cuts and taxes, the elimination of a special Medicaid funding deal for Nebraska and a move to help cover the gap in seniors' prescription drug coverage. Pelosi is also working to change the Senate provision that sets up state insurance exchanges. The House prefers a single, national exchange.
I think this is more for show than anything else. Sure, Nancy and Harry can sweeten the deal for liberal House members, but what about the moderate ones? I still have high doubts that there are 218 House Democrats willing to go against the very clear message sent by Massachusetts. In addition the use of Reconciliation still has the same feel as not seating Scott Brown. Are there 50 Democratic senators who are willing to do that?
I think what will happen if Nancy and Harry rewrite the bill, moderate House Dems will move the goal post and complain about something else that needs to be changed. The moderate House Democrats will no doubt pick something that will make it impossible to reconcile. It will be the moderate House Democrats' cover story, but the truth will be they are afraid to go any further on this issue.