STARK LEFT OUT OF HEALTH CARE REFORM NEGOTIATIONSThe nation may have an agreement on health care reform in the very near future, but Rep. Pete Stark is not part of negotiations between House and Senate Democrats, The Hill reports.
Those who did get the golden ticket are Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.).
During the second day of negotiations that hope to knit together a bill for the president to sign, moderate Democrats appear to be winning concessions. According to The New York Times, a Senate proposal to enact an excise tax on so-called "Cadillac" health care packages has won over the House's 5.4 percent tax on high-earning Americans.
The inclusion of Stark in any negotiations depending on your view, would have pushed a minority view more ardently or the will of moderates pushed him to the sidelines. Stark, in the past, has favored more liberal plans to reform health care, albeit, short of his constituencies desire for the public option.
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