… and we're just lucky to live in it.
Per The Hill, "House Democrats, still searching for a way to pass their healthcare bill before August, are considering bypassing the Energy and Commerce committee altogether, where the bill has stalled, and proceeding right to the floor." Blue Dogs are vehemently opposed to this.
Video: MSNBC's Ed Schultz, House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn, and Politico's Roger Simon discuss Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement that a health care reform bill will not be passed before the August
Roll Call: "Blue Dog Democrats, two White House officials and Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) left a multihour meeting Thursday afternoon in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office without a resolution to the deadlock holding up the party's $1.6 trillion health care bill. But Pelosi, leaving her office with several Ways and Means Committee Democrats on the way to votes, said the intention is still to have a markup in the Energy and Commerce Committee. 'We're still talking, and that's a good thing,' said Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), chairman of the Blue Dog health care task force. Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), another lead Blue Dog negotiator on the bill, said he believed talks were done for the night. 'We're moving in the right direction,' he said."
Turning to the Senate… The key figure in health care, Sen. Max Baucus said the removal of the timeline may help bipartisan negotiations: "I think it's helping a little because this is so complicated and Senators want to feel comfortable with what they're doing," Baucus said last night, per Roll Call.