Money Changes EverythingSeptember 25, 2009 - by Donny Shaw
The Blue Dog Democrats are all about fiscal conservativism. On their website they write that they are particularly active on "relentlessly pursuing a balanced budget and then protecting that achievement from politically popular “raids” on the budget." That’s why this is so effective (from subscription-only Congress Daily):
In a bid to wrangle concessions from the Blue Dog Coalition on healthcare reform, House leaders Thursday released CBO estimates for liberals’ preferred version of the public option that show $85 billion more in savings than for the version the Blue Dogs prefer.
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., a Blue Dog co-chair, said any possible new momentum toward a public option tethered to Medicare rates is, in part, “because of the cost issue” and the updated CBO score.
Right on cue, Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post is reporting that Blue Dog opposition to the public option is fading according to a recent internal whip count.