Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and colleague Kent Conrad (D-ND) demonstrate the time-honored Democratic tradition of capitulating to Republicans who agitate the loudest. After Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-SC) outrageous heckling of President Barack Obama, the Senate's top two Blue Dog Democratic health care negotiators attempt to appease Wilson's concerns, Wall Street Journal and TIME report.
The controversy over Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's shouting out "You Lie!" at the President over his claim that illegal immigrants wouldn't benefit from health-care reform apparently sparked some reconsideration of the relevant language. "We really thought we'd resolved this question of people who are here illegally, but as we reflected on the President's speech last night we wanted to go back and drill down again," said Senator Kent Conrad, one of the Democrats in the talks after a meeting Thursday morning. Baucus later that afternoon said the group would put in a proof of citizenship requirement to participate in the new health exchange—a move likely to inflame the left.
Thanks for waving the white flag, guys. Unfortunately it doesn't seem that Wilson—or any other Republicans for that matter—are willing to support the plan regardless of the last-minute changes. What's next, certification that the funds will not be used for "death panels"?