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Health Care: Arm Twisting, Obama Style? Reid, Baucus to the Oval This Morning

413cycm4e0l_sl500_aa240_.jpgAccording to the official schedule, President Obama is having Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Max Baucus over to the White House for a meeting this morning. You think health care might come up?

My favorite touch on this is that Reid and Baucus will be meeting in the Oval Office. Talk about your home court advantage.

And I also note that this little confab is sandwiched between other meetings, including a sit-down with Vice President Joe Biden and one with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

I have to wonder, will either Biden or Clinton be part of any Obama arm-twisting on Reid and Baucus on health care?

Frankly, if I had two old hands at Senate camaraderie at my disposal, I’d put them to work, however they could best be deployed. But then, I think health care legislation by industry lobbyist proxy isn’t a good idea, either:

The rancor comes in large part because of what’s happening, or isn’t happening, in Room 511 of the Hart Building. Some say Baucus and his negotiating group are moving too quickly, while others say they are moving too slowly, and still others say too secretly and too cozily with lobbyists; as the lawmakers negotiated in Baucus’s office, the lobbyists who had gathered in the hall met with Senate staffers in another part of the chairman’s suite.

How polite to give the lobbyists part of your Senatorial digs, paid for by the American public, natch. Wouldn’t want them out in the hallway where prying eyes might be able to see which staffers are cozying up to whom, now would we?

Will we hear later today that the Senate will stay in session a little later instead of breaking for vacation? Guess we’ll see.

In the meantime, consider a letter to the editor to your local papers on health care. Or several.

You know your elected representatives need something to read over coffee during their lengthy vacations. And so do their staffers. Let’s keep them busy with a bit of homework, shall we?

Christy Hardin SmithCommunity

Health Care: A Little Arm Twisting On The WH Menu This Morning?

413cycm4e0l_sl500_aa240_.jpgAccording to the official WH schedule, President Obama is having Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Max Baucus over to the WH for a meeting this morning. You think health care might come up?  

My favorite touch on this is that Reid and Baucus will be meeting in the Oval Office.  Talk about your home court advantage.

And I also note that this little confab is sandwiched between other meetings, including a sit-down with Vice President Joe Biden and one with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

I have to wonder, will either Biden or Clinton be part of any Obama arm-twisting on Reid and Baucus on health care?

Frankly, if I had two old hands at Senate camaraderie at my disposal, I’d put them to work.  However they could best be deployed. 

But then, I think health care legislation by industry lobbyist proxy isn’t a good idea, either:

The rancor comes in large part because of what’s happening, or isn’t happening, in Room 511 of the Hart Building. Some say Baucus and his negotiating group are moving too quickly, while others say they are moving too slowly, and still others say too secretly and too cozily with lobbyists; as the lawmakers negotiated in Baucus’s office, the lobbyists who had gathered in the hall met with Senate staffers in another part of the chairman’s suite.

How polite to give the lobbyists part of your Senatorial digs, paid for by the American public, natch. Wouldn’t want them out in the hallway where prying eyes might be able to see which staffers are cozying up to whom, now would we? 

Will we hear later today that the Senate will stay in session a little later instead of breaking for vacation?  Guess we’ll see.

In the meantime, consider a letter to the editor to your local papers on health care.  Or several.

You know your elected representatives need something to read over coffee during their lengthy vacations.  And so do their staffers.  Let’s keep them busy with a bit of homework, shall we?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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