North Dakota’s Kent Conrad, the moderate, unassuming Senate Finance Committee member and Budget Committee chairman, is in the spotlight these days.
As Budget chair, his approval is necessary to split health care reform legislation into two and attached to the budget reconciliation process, a process which requires 51 votes instead of the normal 60 total under Senate debate rules. On Sunday, Conrad gave thumbs down to that.
In its current form, in practical policy terms Conrad’s public co-op is a ‘Seinfeld' episode – it’s about nothing.
Under the spotlight, it melts. You may as well call it the ice cream option.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I really love Group Health but "What Health Co-ops And Seinfeld Have In Common"
John Edgell (CQ Politics):