Pelosi moves towards the Center

A couple of things happened today: The House Majority Leader said today that there would not be a vote on healthcare in the next two weeks. Yesterday the October recess was canceled. Pelosi today is moving towards a public option with negotiated payor rates, rather than Medicare payor rates. There is a faction in her party that says it won’t vote for negotiated payor rates and insists on paying Medicare rates – which overall are less than provider actual costs of providing service. One vote counter said that she doesn’t have the votes for a public option with Medicare rates and she doesn’t have the votes for a public option with negotiated rates. My guess is that she and the President can force Dems to accept negotiated rates and pull in the Blue Dogs. The Senate is moving at a snails pace – now trying to figure out how to pay for the bill. When they are done, it will be up to Senate leadership to merge this bill in with the Dodd/Kennedy bill. There aren’t 60 votes for either bill – yet. All the stocks got hammered today with the market. Those with the greatest gains gave up the …