How Democrats Negotiate

June 18th, 2009at 11:38am Posted by Eli

Compromising: You’re doing it wrong.

It is likely, of course, that Rockefeller’s proposal will be considered a “liberal” bill. Meanwhile, Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-N.D.) co-op plan is being touted as the centrist compromise. But the concept of compromise only makes sense if you’re clear about what you’re compromising on. As Rep. Lynn Woolsey argued to me last week, to liberals, a public plan along Rockefeller’s lines is a compromise from single payer. And a public plan along Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) lines would be a compromise from Rockefeller. And a co-op plan along Conrad’s lines would be a compromise from Schumer.

In other words, the co-op idea, whatever its many merits, is not a compromise between liberals and conservatives. It is a compromise between, on the one side, conservatives who don’t want any nonprofit competition for insurers, and on the other side, Schumer’s proposal, which is already a compromise of a compromise of a compromise.

Democrats and Republicans at the bazaar:

D: I’ll give you $100 and not a penny more!

R: $200.

D: Okay, I’ll give you $150.

R: $200.

D: Okay, $175.

R: $200.

D: $190?

R: $200.

D: $195?

R: Sold.

D: We rule!

(h/t Scarecrow)

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Republicans,Wankers


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