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American Opinion: On health care and Blue Dog Democrats:

By The Associated Press

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

On health care and Blue Dog Democrats:

The Blue Dog Democrats of the Mid-South say they can't be bought by health care industry sources pumping thousands of dollars into their re-election campaign coffers, and that their decisions will be based on the needs of their constituents.

They should get a chance this fall to prove it. Their constituents need affordable, portable health care insurance policies that they can't be excluded from for pre-existing conditions and that will quit rising in cost faster than their incomes. ...

The best chance for an improved health care system -- for those among us who have insurance as well as those who don't -- seems to lie in a reasonable compromise on the issue, perhaps incorporating a public plan into the system only if a more moderate approach fails to achieve the desired results.

... The situation calls for leadership, and it calls for action.

It calls for independence -- a readiness to do what's best for the country's future no matter how much money is being poured into the effort to defeat health care reform or by whom.

That's the position stated by the Mid-South's Blue Dog Democrats. It would be a shame if they didn't get a chance to prove it.

-- The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

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