New Huffington Post Column

It’s not often I’m completely blindsided by developments in health care reform. And then Olympia Snowe goes and votes for the Senate Finance Committee bill.

I was wrong to think that no Republican would possibly vote for reform.  I was wrong to think that Max Baucus had been completely wasting his time.  I was wrong to assume that there was no point to negotiating or giving up anything.

But now we are entering a critical juncture for health care reform.  The White House has seen that caving on certain issues can give them the ability, real or not, to claim a bipartisan victory.  It will be even more enticing now to give further concessions to retain or even increase support.  Those concessions have consequences, however.

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