Critical Condition

Middle Ground?

The Washington Post’s article on progress made by the birpartisan group of six senators is encouraging in that the group appears to have droppeed some of the worst excesses of the House plan. They reject, for example, the government-run option and the income surtax. Liberal Democrats, however, are “incensed” by some of these changes, and view the removal of the public option as a “needless concession.” It is far too soon to say we’re out of the woods or that this group will emerge with a workable plan, but I sure wish they had started the whole process this way. Seems to make a bit more sense than the overreach and back down approach.

Tevi Troy is a presidential historian and former White House aide. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.