(CNN) – House Democratic leaders and some members of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition might be happy with a deal that allows health care reform legislation to move forward, but some of their fellow Democrats remain skeptical and others openly reject the proposal.
"I cringe at the word 'deal.' It sounds back room," said Rep. Lois Capps, a member of the liberal New Democrat Coalition/Caucus who has also been that group's liaison during the ongoing negotiations.
Capps said she and other progressives on the House Energy & Commerce Committee need to look at the details of the plan before getting behind it.
Another member of the Energy and Commerce Committee who is also part of the Blue Dog Coalition, Rep. Charlie Melancon of Louisiana, is one of the three Blue Dog Democrats on that panel who did not sign onto the agreement.
"It was not a conscious split. If we were doing it as a group, the easiest thing for us all to do is to say yes or no. But that wasn't what it was about," Melancon told reporters off the House floor. "We all have to deal with our own politics, our own constituency. We just happen to be labeled by the press as the 'Blue Dog coalition.' If you poll the Blue Dog coalition individually and separately, you'll find that not everybody is on the same page and there is no position collectively."
Melancon pointed to the agreement's high cost, estimated to be near $900 billion, and his assessment that it would add too much to the deficit in future years as reasons for withholding his support.
"The bill coming out of the Finance Committee on the Senate side is more to the liking of a person like me... When they are talking about it in the tenth year it will start paying for itself and reducing the deficit, rather than what we've seeing as an explosion in the out years [of the House bill]. Those are things that I think attract me to what they are doing over there."