"Blue Dog" Democrats in the House of Representatives have become the focus of debate over health care legislation. That is because the conservative Democrats, about 50 of them, are raising serious questions about the proposal by President Barack Obama and more liberal Democrats.
Relevant, reasonable objections have been raised by the "Blue Dogs." They worry about the massive tax increase that will be needed to fund the proposed health care overhaul. They are concerned about whether the Obama plan actually will do any good to control health care costs. Their position is supported by objective analysis of the proposal, including testimony from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have praised the "Blue Dog" stance on fiscal responsibility. But beyond any reasonable doubt, the conservative Democrats will be the subject of arm twisting as more liberal members of Congress fight to pass a health care program.
We commend the "Blue Dogs" for serving as watchdogs in Congress. We also encourage them to persist in their courageous, thoughtful work in that regard.