“We all want healthcare reform,” said one Blue Dog member. “What you’re seeing as angst is that Blue Dogs want healthcare reform and don’t want the country going bankrupt.”
Blue Dog Democrat quoted in “House Dems show first draft of health reform bill”, TheHill.com (June 9, 2009)
Mike Soraghan explains the fateful divide that exists between key Democratic groups as the Congress determines what form of government intervention is best for American health care.
No one knows how the intervention will be paid for. Soraghan notes, in commenting on one version of a House Democratic bill:
The outline put forth lacked many of the details that will decide the fate of the overhaul — notably, how the proposal would be paid for.
Yet, and quite significantly:
But it made good on the commitment Obama and Democratic leaders made to include a government-run “public option.”