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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lincoln: "progress" on health compromise

Posted By on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Sen. Blanche Lincoln told reporters today that as talks of a compromise on health care legislation move forward, the Senate is "steering more toward private insurance and less toward public insurance."  Lincoln said that not all the details had been worked out and that senators were waiting on more information and guidance from the Congressional Budget Office.  When asked if she thought the Senate was working toward a bill she could vote for, Lincoln was noncommittal, saying, "I hope so and I think so." 

Although it would be, as some have suggested, a huge victory for the Obama administration if the Senate could move forward on health care before Christmas, Lincoln says that's possible but not probable. 

"I do think that there are possibilities if people come back to the focus of what we're trying to do and look at what's actually in the bill, look at all the positive things that are in the bill.  Hopefully we can be pragmatic and not try to do the impossible but do the things that are going to be meaningful and help us move the ball down the field.  We address health care issues every year in Congress, so the idea that we have to do everything now is unnecessary," Lincoln said.

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