Can this Indiana Blue Dog still hunt?
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Ellsworth campaigned in 2008 as an opponent of a federal government takeover of health care. According to an Indiana newspaper, Ellsworth said the government could not afford to create a new health care program and that “decisions on health care must remain between a patient and doctor” rather than bureaucrats. He told local reporters that small business owners should be allowed to pool their resources to provide health insurance coverage.
Yet when Republicans introduced an amendment to allow small businesses to do so through association health plans, Ellsworth voted against it. He also voted against allowing consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines. In the end, he voted for the $1.2 trillion House-passed health care bill that created a government-run public option. Despite his earlier opposition, Ellsworth began backsliding on the public option, saying he could support it if assured it would “add not one penny” to the federal deficit.
“This Blue Dog won’t hunt,” one Republican strategist predicts. But Ellsworth has cast some conservative votes. He was one of 44 House Democrats to buck their party leadership on cap and trade, though the bill passed anyway thanks in part to the support of eight Republicans. He voted for the Stupak-Pitts amendment, which imposes a strong prohibition on taxpayer funding of abortion through a national health care bill, and suggests he might not be able to vote for the Senate version because of its weaker abortion language. Ellsworth has remained opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants and has even sponsored some immigration enforcement measures, such as E-Verify.
Brad Ellsworth’s Senate candidacy will be an important test: Does Rahm Emanuel’s strategy for turning red states blue still work in 2010 — or has Rahm’s boss turned those states red again?
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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