Thursday, January 21, 2010
What House Progressives Are Doing
My hypothesis: Progressives in the House know that they finally have serious leverage over whether health care reform succeeds or fails, since the vulnerable centrists recognize that they need a passed bill to not get devastated at the polls in November. And they're working their leverage for all it's worth -- refusing to pass the Senate bill, though of course they can get on board and let it through whenever they're offered back enough of the goodies (bigger subsidies? public option? please let it not be killing the excise tax!) that centrists have been taking away from them for the past several months. That's why things are stalled right now, just one step away from victory. Centrists have been playing this game for months, and now it's progressives' turn. Give them what they want, and they'll let it through and we can all celebrate.