Health Care

Pelosi Backs Out of Blue Dog Deal

As different health-care bills come together in both the House and Senate, Nancy Pelosi has backed out of a deal with centrist Blue Dog Democrats who oppose tying a public option to Medicare. The Blue Dogs who oppose the measure are mostly from rural areas where reimbursements from Medicare are low, The Hill reports. The decision reaffirms Pelosi's commitment to the public option, and also pushes the House bill to the left—a striking contrast to Senator Max Baucus' bill, which has been criticized for being too favorable to insurance companies.