Fiscally conservative Democrats known as Blue Dogs may hold the key to health care reform. Their demand for greater cost controls are dividing Democratic ranks and could delay House leaders’ timetable for an overhaul. Blue Dog democrats and the future of health care reform.


  • Jennifer Skalka Editor of Hotline On Call. She covered the 2006 U.S. Maryland Senate race for The Baltimore Sun. Before that she worked for the Chicago Tribune.
  • Naftali Bendavid National correspondent, Wall Street Journal; author of "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution."
  • Congressman Jim Cooper Congressman Representing Tennessee's Fifth Congressional District. He serves on the Armed Services, Budget, and Oversight and Government Reform Committees. In 2007 he was named chairman of the Armed Services Committee's Roles and Missions Panel. Cooper continues to teach as an adjunct professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where he has taught a course on health care policy for ten years.
  • Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-California) Co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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