Blue Dog Boren: We May Take Health Care Into Fall

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July 21, 2009 9:21 a.m.

Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), a Blue Dog, went on Fox News today to say he wants President Obama to slow down on health care legislation, saying Congress “might miss a target deadline going into the August recess. We might take it into the fall.”

“I think you’re gonna see some compromise come out,” Boren said. “We’ve gotta slow things down.”

That falls in line what a Blue Dog aide told a Reuters reporter today — that they’d ask Obama to slow down on his push for reform. The president is meeting this afternoon with Democrats from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, seven of which are Blue Dogs.

Boren has been outspoken on health care reform. “If health care reform is going to happen, it’s going to have to happen in a bipartisan way,” he told the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce. “It’s really up to the president.”

A bipartisan bill, as Greg Sargent points out, could only exist if the White House dropped its most important goals. So, in essence, Boren is demanding Obama roll over in submission to the Republicans.

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