By Steven T. Dennis, Jackie Kucinich and Tory Newmyer
Roll Call Staff
July 29, 2009, 9:23 p.m.
And while some liberals sought to lower the volume of the intraparty debate, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) made it clear that he would not vote for a bill that includes a provision resembling the Blue Dog compromise on the public plan. And he took a not-so-subtle swipe at the motivation of the moderates. Are they the Blue Cross Dogs or what? They need to start thinking about their people, who they represent, he said.Butterfield said he liked the agreement to exempt businesses with less than $500,000 in payroll from new mandates but is concerned about provisions that would increase state costs for Medicaid and trim subsidies for people to buy insurance.But he noted that this is just one stage of the legislative process, and there is a long way to go.