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The political process of moving health reform legislation hit a major roadblock last week and has come close to grinding to a halt. Blue Dog Democrats and other moderate members in the House spent most of the week publicly squabbling with the House leadership and Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., over the process, contents and cost of the health care reform legislation (H.R. 3200). The House Energy & Commerce Committee – the last of the three Committees with health care jurisdiction to consider the legislation – has suspended its debate because it lacks sufficient support to vote the bill out of the Committee. Chairman Waxman has agreed to keep negotiating with Democratic Committee members.

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