The Tennessean is reporting that this week could be among the most important so far in the accelerating debate over health reform legislation. Members of the Middle Tennessee congressional delegation will play key roles in shaping how the state and country's health system may work for years to come.
On Monday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will continue debating and amending the 1,018-page health-care reform bill that House Democrats released last week. Seven members of that committee belong to the fiscally conservative Blue Dog coalition and they want major changes to the bill. If they don't get those changes, they could block the measure from passing the committee.
The four Middle Tennessee Democrats — Reps. Bart Gordon of Murfreesboro, Jim Cooper of Nashville, Lincoln Davis of Pall Mall and John Tanner of Union City — are Blue Dogs. If the entire 52-member coalition unites in opposition to the bill, they could block its passage in the full House.
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