U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville, a member of the “Blue Dogs,” said the agreement to push the vote back to September was a win for the conservative Democratic coalition.
Childers said in a prepared statement that health care reform is “too important to do in a hurry. It is more important that we get health care reform right than get it fast.”
The agreement moves the full House vote to September, even though President Barack Obama had hoped for passage of a bill by August.
“This slow-down marks a victory for Blue Dogs, who have stood firm in their commitment to health care reform that makes sense over reform that meets a self-imposed deadline,” Childers said.
“In the grand scheme of things, whether we pass a health care bill in the House in August or early this fall is a minor detail.”
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