Sunday, November 22, 2009

Senators Name Their Price

Conservative Democrats held out for booty in the Senate's slug toward health reform. Here's the take:

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) : Money

"I am not going to be defensive," she declared. "And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix."

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR): Helping employers ditch health insurance

Mr. Wyden Friday secured a commitment from Mr. Reid to support a $4 billion amendment designed to give workers greater flexibility to purchase health insurance outside the workplace. Mr. Wyden said the proposal represented a "modest step" forward and was "my price" for supporting moving ahead.

Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE): Covering for insurers

Mr. Nelson got Reid to protect health insurers' antitrust exemption.

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-OR): Concessions to be named later
Lincoln made clear that she still planned to hold out for many more concessions in the debate that will consume the next month.

The price is right can be seen in Washington, D.C. It's noticeably absent from Blue blogs.

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