Nancy Pelosi has realized that when one is in charge, agreements can be tossed aside as needed:
Speaker Pelosi is backing away from a deal she cut with centrists to advance health reform, said a source familiar with talks.
Pelosi’s decision to move away from the agreement that was made with a group of Blue Dogs to get the bill out of committee would steer the healthcare legislation back to the left as she prepares for a floor vote.
No word yet from Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin on this matter. Of course, now that she’s interested in the co-op bill (a public option by another name) this deal may not mean anything to her either.
I think Pelosi made this move with the 2010 election in mind. By removing the constraint of compromise, Democratic representatives are free to vote however they wish. Liberals can support whatever plan that their constituents approve of, and the Blue Dogs can do likewise. In both cases electoral support would be bolstered.
However, if the Democrats are divided there is little chance Obamacare will make it out of the House. But, this might be seen as an added benefit to the ruling party. So far, the proposed reforms have been a burden around the collective necks of the party. Opposition to reform is mounting and the Democrats are taking the heat. If they can remove this burden while saving face with the electorate it will be a win-win situation for the Dems (or at least a do-over).