Despite continuing to claim he's working on bipartisan health care reform, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has been quoted, yet again, condemning the effort. The latest evidence comes from an Americans for Prosperity event on environmental legislation, following the White House's recognition of the his intransigence. Via Think Progress:
Enzi and John Barrasso, Wyoming's delegation in the U.S. Senate, have been among the leaders of those opposing the cap and trade legislation, which Enzi referred to as a "cap and tax." It is a "hidden tax" in which the government will print and sell certificates to companies who will pass the expense on to customers, Enzi said. [...]
Congress won't start serious work on cap and trade until after the health care bill is taken care of.
That (the health care bill) is going to take awhile and I'm pretty sure it's going to fail, Enzi said.
Further undermining Enzi's stated desire for a deal is this news from Greg Sargent:
A top official with a committed anti-reform group tells me that Mike Enzi, one of those GOP Senators, strongly suggested at an event hosted by the group that he would oppose whatever proposal emerged from the Gang of Six talks.
Ultimately, Sen. Enzi's comments seem to suggest that his commitment to achieving bipartisan health care reform legislation is about as strong as South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's commitment to his marriage vows.