Citing CBO-Director’s Statements, Senate Centrists Urge Slower Pace For Health Care Reform

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July 17, 2009 8:44 a.m.

Six key Senate Centrists–Ben Nelson (D-NE), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Ron Wyden (D-OR)–are asking Democratic and Republican leaders to slow down the pace of health care reform efforts.

“[I]n the view of [CBO Director Doug Elmendorf’s] statement, there is much heavy lifting ahead,” reads a letter the group signed today. “We look forward to working with you to develop legislation that is vital to the well-being of the American people and urge you to resist timelines which prevent us from achieving the best results.”

According to Huffington Post‘s Ryan Grim, who first obtained the letter, “The organized effort to slow down the process is a blow to the reform effort.” And, indeed, there letter exemplifies a growing sense among centrists and health reform skeptics that the pace of reform should be slowed down. But it’s also a restatement of very publicly held views. Earlier today, Nelson himself appeared on CNN and suggested congressional health care leaders should not to move too quickly.

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