Pelosi Plan Finds Foes on Left, Right

Liberals say it's too conservative, and conservatives say it's too liberal
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2009 3:43 PM CDT
Nancy Pelosi speaks during today's news conference.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Some early takes from the left and right on Nancy Pelosi's health care bill:

  • Tevi Troy, National Review: This will offend states, employers, budget hawks, insurers, even liberals who don't think it's "robust" enough. "The Pelosi approach is an impressive demonstration of coalition building—if you’re trying to build a coalition of opponents."
  • Jon Walker, Firedog Lake: Gee thanks, Blue Dogs. By forcing Pelosi to scrap the idea of tying the public option to Medicare rates, this results in a "huge victory for the health insurance industry, hospitals, and PhRMA."

  • John Nichols, the Nation: "The compromise was even more compromised than had been expected." Pelosi's plan is a "big, big victory for the insurance industry" and will "undermine the ability of the public option to compete."
  • Chris Good, Atlantic: Not so fast: "It was a compromise that appears to have mostly upside: it could gain Pelosi some support from moderates, but it appears not to have cost her any support from liberals."