Blue Dog Democrats: Healthcare Talks Break Down In Anger


The seven Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee stormed out of a Friday meeting with their committee chairman, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), saying Waxman had been negotiating in bad faith over a number of provisions Blue Dogs demanded be changed in the stalled healthcare bill.

Melancon said there would be 40-45 “solid no” votes from the 52-strong Blue Dogs, among other problems throughout the caucus. And Melancon said there are more Democrats who will vote against the bill.

“If they try to bring it to the floor, I think they’ll find out they have more problems than the Blue Dogs.”
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The Obama healthcare bill will raise taxes on the small businesses and cause more jobs lost. On top of the new wage increase which will cause more job lost cause the small businesses will not hire young people to give them a start in life with a job, they will hire one older more experience person and not two young people trying to get a start.

(1) Waxman wants Blue Dogs to heel, signals committee bypass