Sam Stein explains to Ed Schultz how it really works here in DC: It’s about the money

As noted below, the Blue Dogs are claiming “victory” for postponing a vote on health insurance reform. But, there’s a back story as to how the game is played here in D.C. It’s a dirty game.

When most Americans support a public option, including 60% of Republicans, there’s a nefarious reason why Congress doesn’t go along. It’s the money. Sam Stein explains:

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As we now know, the Blue Dogs won a “victory” by delaying a vote in the House on the reform bill. Sure gives them a lot more time to do fundraising, huh?


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