Colorado Democratic delegation in dilemma on how to proceed on health care |

Colorado Democratic delegation in dilemma on how to proceed on health care

Michael Riley
The Denver Post

WASHINGTON – The White House and congressional leaders on Tuesday returned to the complicated issue of passing some sort of comprehensive health care reform package, as President Barack Obama said he “won’t walk away” from the overhaul effort.

And a leading House Democrat told The Associated Press that lawmakers hoping to revive the effort have started writing a compromise bill. But Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said he did not know when the measure might be ready for votes.

“We’ve got to punch it through,” Obama said Tuesday when asked about health reform at a town-hall meeting in Nashua, N.H.

But as a case study of the trouble facing health care reform, the Democrats in Colorado’s congressional delegation are a telling sample, suggesting how fragmented the party’s lawmakers have become over their signature issue.

There is little consensus among the group on how to move forward, and opinions on how to get the bills out of legislative limbo vary from scaling back the effort dramatically to reviving seemingly moribund ideas such as the public option.

Congresswoman Betsy Markey of Fort Collins would prefer breaking up the package into smaller pieces that can garner bipartisan support.

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