Mike Stark spoke with Charles Rangel, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, on the Hill.

Mike wanted to know how Mike Ross (D-AR) — who is negotiating for the Blue Dogs — can threaten to stop the House health care bill from going through without repercussion. Rangel says that Mike should ask Ross, but that’s not the question — Ross isn’t going to punish himself.

Update:  Ways & Means passed the bill.  We lost three Democrats:  Kind, Tanner and my good friend Pomeroy.  Education & Labor also just voted the bill out of committee.  We lost three Dems there too:  Polis, Titus & Altmire.  Which is just wrong.

Polis’s office is  202.225.2161. We shouldn’t be losing someone like him.

Mike Stark spoke with Charles Rangel, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, on the Hill.

Mike wanted to know how Mike Ross (D-AR) — who is negotiating for the Blue Dogs — can threaten to stop the House health care bill from going through without repercussion.  Rangel says that Mike should ask Ross, but that’s not the question — Ross isn’t going to punish himself.

Update:  Ways & Means passed the bill.  We lost three Democrats:  Kind, Tanner and my good friend Pomeroy.  Education & Labor also just voted the bill out of committee.  We lost three Dems there too:  Polis, Titus & Altmire.  Which is just wrong.

Polis’s office is  202.225.2161. We shouldn’t be losing someone like him.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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