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Florida Blue Dog Wants a Do-Over on Health Care Reform

Saying that he can’t support the health reform bill working its way through the House, Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), a member of the conservative-leaning Blue Dog Democrats, told a town hall gathering yesterday that he supports scrapping the overhaul proposal in favor of more gradual reforms. From CNN:

When a questioner, Ray Evans, said he believed the President wants to do too much at once and asked whether Boyd would “be willing to scrap everything” and start over to do pursue reform more incrementally, the congressman responded: “I think that is an excellent idea … we may end up there.”

Boyd’s comments are yet another indication of the difficulty facing the White House and congressional Democratic leaders as they try to pound out a health reform bill that can win the support of moderates like Boyd, who say the current proposal encroaches too much on private insurers, and liberal Democrats, who say the bill doesn’t go far enough to rein in the same for-profit companies.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) yesterday said the ideological divide is “as far apart as the two sides of the Grand Canyon” — a timely allusion coming a day after President Obama got a glimpse of just how wide that chasm is.

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