There has been a lot of he said, he said going on the past couple of days. The barbs have been flying between the branches and the Governor’s office. Each has accused the other of being the chief impediment to any compromise on health care…the gloves are off.
In one corner you have the Governor and the Senate President and in the other you have the Speaker. Seems kind of lonely for Sal these days, doesn’t it?
One would have thought that Trav & Sal would be naturally aligned on this issue. Both made it a top priority of their respective branches and they demonstrated a shared interest to pass stem-cell research and emergency contraception early last year. What happened with Health Care?
Beacon Hill is scratching its head at the apparent “break up” and many pols are starting to grumble at the unholy alliance between the Senate and the Administration.
DiMasi has said it is neither his role nor desire to pass a plan that doesn’t work for Massachusetts just to give Romney a political win as he runs for President. The question on everyone’s mind is: Why is Trav so willing?
DiMasi has stated that he has moved leaps and bounds from the issue that is supposedly holding up the bill: the employer contribution. He also says the Senate refuses to work with him on any viable compromise to ensure that the reform works. The Senate says: not so.
For the good of the Commonwealth and their reputations, Sal & Trav should lock themselves in a room and not come out until a deal is struck.
p.s. Trav should leave the Governor home.