The Republican negotiators are Olympia Snowe (Maine), Charles Grassley (Iowa), and Mike Enzi (Wyoming). Enzi is a former CPA and it sounds like he may be something of a wild-card -- reflecting the more skeptical view of the Republican Party at-large.
The article says that the aspects of the compromise package being worked out include:
- Health care cooperatives (rather than a public option) (Christopher Beam has a good piece in Slate this week (here) about cooperatives and why, in order to be successful, they'd have to be regional (at the least) in scope)
- Incentives (rather than a mandate) for employers to offer coverage to their workers
- Narrow tax increases (rather than a surcharge on the rich)
-----------This story provides evidence for my theory that all major changes in American law, at this point in time, go through three people: Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Anthony Kennedy. I think it's very promising for Obama that Snowe is heavily invested in working something out, and I wonder whether this proposal will help Obama regain momentum in favor of getting something passed sooner rather than later.