Crafty devil, that Barack Obama. You think healthcare is dead? You think the President is going to go down in flames on his signature issue? You think that the GOP is gonna ride this one to Congressional majorities? Think again.
The President sent a note to Congressional leaders, and in it, he speaks to considering four Republican ideas for inclusion in the healthcare bill--they are: reform of the way states handle medical malpractice suits, reduce waste and abuse in the health care system, increase Medicaid reimbursements to doctors and expands health savings accounts.
Are Republicans going to vote for this? Maybe a few, but not many. I fear though, that this is enough to sway sufficient Blue Dogs to the President's side. Additionally, if Republicans just walk away from the President seemingly being so REASONABLE as to incorporate their ideas, they may pay a price in the court of public opinion.
It's going to be interesting to see how this one plays out.
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