There is no Senate health care deal — and GOP Sen. Enzi says no deal on unless he get everything he wants in the final bill




So, remember the big deal reached in the Senate by Max Baucus and those GOP Senators? Not true say those GOP Senators, Grassley (IA) and Enzi (WY).

Even better (or worse), Enzi said there will be no deal unless he gets everything he wants in the final bill. I first read about Enzi’s statement on CNN.com, but had to see the original statement. Here it is:

“I also need commitments from Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi, as well as the Administration, that the bipartisan agreements reached in the Finance Committee will survive in a final bill that goes to the President.”

So, not only does Enzi expect Baucus to cave by producing a GOP bill, he wants everyone else to cave — up to and including Obama. That’s pretty ballsy. Enzi has been empowered to think he controls the whole process.

Democratic Senators Max Baucus and Kent Conrad have really screwed this up. They have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, but have managed to cede power to the GOP.

More from CNN’s report after the break.

This is a real mess, thanks to Senator Baucus. First “the bombshell”:

Two of the three Senate Republicans negotiating a bipartisan deal on health care reform said they consider an agreement out of reach before the Senate goes on its August recess.

That likely dashes the hopes of Democratic leaders and President Barack Obama for a deal among the so-called Gang of Six negotiators that could deliver critical momentum for the stalled health care overhaul.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, dropped the bombshell news to CNN and two other reporters in Capitol hallways Wednesday night. They have spent weeks behind closed doors, trying to hammer out an agreement with their Democratic counterparts on the Senate Finance Committee but said too many issues remain unresolved, making it virtually impossible for them to sign on to a deal before the break.

And, more on Enzi:

Enzi, a soft-spoken conservative, was furious about headlines Wednesday morning that suggested he was close to reaching a deal with the Democrats.

“I felt my reputation was in danger,” he said.

He issued a statement batting down the stories and insisted any deal he might ultimately sign onto would have to be preserved by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Reid when it is merged with other more liberal legislation in the Senate and House.

“I’m not interested in lending credibility to disaster,” Enzi said.


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