In it, but not of it. TPM DC
Obama made a point today to phone an Arkansas man whose insurance had been rescinded, a call that would surely be noticed by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), a vote the Democrats need to keep.
The president also said this week he'll be rolling up his sleeves to get involved as well.
TPMDC has kept a close eye on statements coming from progressive groups and lawmakers who have threatened not to support a final deal unless it changes significantly. It is Christmas Eve, but the variety of statements (view them all here) that came to our inbox today suggest compromise is on the horizon.
The Chamber of Commerce and AHIP aren't happy, but most of the interest groups with power to build Democratic "no" votes have issued hopeful statements without clear lines in the sand.
But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Democrats they will hear from angry constituents over the break and Republicans say they hope for an August repeat that will tear apart the fragile coalition Democrats built.
Please let TPM know what you're hearing across the country. How members are treated when they come home for the holidays will be a major factor in how the final deal goes down.