Pelosi doesn't gaurantee Blue Dog provisions

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated Friday that some of the most hard-fought provisions of the healthcare bill, including parts meant to appease conservative Democrats, could change by the time the final measure reaches the House floor.

Pelosi's remarks came as the House Energy and Commerce Committee hammed out the final details of the bill, including a deal with Blue Dog Democrats and a tax to pay for the legislation.
 
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Three committees have worked intensively on the bill, and assuming passage by the Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday, the three versions will have to be melded during the August break.
 
In a session with reporters, Pelosi wouldn't commit to putting the exact language of the deal with Blue Dogs in the final bill.
 
"I have three chairmen to deal with," she said. "We have three committees that have to look at it."
 
The Blue Dogs who cut the deal with Energy Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said they have complained to Pelosi about reports that that their hard-won concessions might be removed.
 
"There have been some disturbing comments from anonymous aides in the papers, that this was 'just a bone' thrown to the Blue Dogs," said Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), a member of the Blue Dogs. He said they were expecting to hear back later Thursday.