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Blue Dog Democrats

When "Yes We Can!" Meets "No We Won't!"

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If the Democrats in Congress don't find a way to become co-advocates with the president on these important issues, their future political problems will be the least of it.

Left, Right & Center: Wall St. Bonuses, Health Care Deal, China and the Beer Summit

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

Andrew Cuomo discovered that $33 billion in bonuses were paid by Wall Street firms during the height of the meltdown and the public bailout. Where's the outrage?

Reforming Health Care: Lessons Learned, and Lessons Forgotten

James Moeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Moeller

The one lesson this White House failed to heed from the last failure was one of message. Effective messages are simple and salient. Obama's economic argument for health care reform is neither.

Health Care's 13 Tyrants

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

We do not live in a functioning democracy -- republican, direct, or otherwise. And now, American tyranny - that is, America's lack of democracy -- is distorting the health care debate.

Phony Scandals and Fatal Delays

Nancy L. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy L. Cohen

Welcome back to the 1990s, brought to you by our sponsor, the GOP. Now, as it was then, we gawk while health care reform slips away.

The Simple Health Insurance Solution

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I've had my own angry, screaming battles with my health insurance carrier. It seems everyone I've talked to has had a similar experience. I just don't see them marching on Washington about it.

Who Wins the Battle During August Recess Will Determine the Fate of Health Care Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If the grassroots progressives out-organize the insurance/right wing astroturfers and if Reid and Pelosi put every bit of muscle into winning the fight for real reform, it can still happen.

Blue Dogs Receive More Health Industry Backing Than Other Democrats | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On June 19, Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas made clear that he and a group of other conservative Democrats known as the Blue Dogs were increasingly unhapp...

Republicans Lying to Old People About Euthanasia, Robots

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Republicans would have you believe that all the debate about making health insurance more affordable is merely subterfuge in the White House's scheme to impose a final solution to the nation's elderly problem.

Physiological Link Between Affinity for Guns and Affinity for Health Insurance Bureaucrats?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

There's a deal between reporters and Blue Dog Democrats to explain Blue Dog opposition to health insurance regulation as an outgrowth of representing culturally conservative districts.

Part 2: Un-Spinning Healthcare Reform

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

The problem isn't a few highly specialized physicians as much as it is the gaping maw between the few zip codes where they practice and the rest of the country. This is the real class warfare.

When Will They Ever Learn?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

One thing is absolutely clear from what has happened over the last week in the health care debate: fundamental change has not come to Washington, D.C.

The Honeymoon's Over Mr. President - Now Deal with Guantanamo, Gay Rights and Health Care

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

The true test of a president is not how he performs with the wind at his back, but how he performs in the face of stiff resistance.

Blue Dogs, Stop It

John McNamara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John McNamara

Right now, you don't represent the majority of Americans on health care reform. You represent yourselves and all the health care corporations who directly or indirectly fund your career.

Sam Stein

Maxine Waters: Rahm To Blame For Obstructionist Blue Dogs | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of Congress's most liberal members, Rep. Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.), declared on Tuesday that the White House's problems getting Blue Dog Democrats...

Health Insurance Industry Releases Ad Thanking Max Baucus For Screwing Over The American People

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

You have to admire the gumption of Baucus and the Blue Dogs. Ignoring the will of the people. Happily to derailing the Democratic party agenda. Stabbing their President in the back.

Blue Dogs Should Demand CBO Report of Single Payer Savings

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michele Swenson

An honest side-by-side analysis of the costs of all health care reform proposals, including the two single-payer bills, should be reviewed by Congress.

HuffPost Reporter Sam Stein Discusses Why Blue Dog Democrats Are Blocking Own Party's Health Care Reform (VIDEO)

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost political reporter Sam Stein appeared on "The Ed Show" tonight to discuss why Blue Dog Democrats, a group of moderate to conservative Democra...

Battling the Blue Dogs

Steve Hildebrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Hildebrand

Blue Dogs view themselves as centrists. I look at the term centrist and think of politicians who are afraid to take positions on issues that might cause heartburn with swing voters.

Blue Dogs Will Be Swept Out if Health Care Public Option Fails

Scott Foval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Foval

Time to buck up, Mr. President, and remember that the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party went along with your rhetoric, but we expect that you will deliver the public option.

Health Reform the American Way

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

We vaunt American democracy as a stellar model for the world. The bizarre spectacle now on display over health care "reform" is hardly an advertisement from our prime export product.

Jason Linkins

Paul Krugman Attempts Divine Motivation Of Blue Dogs | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Krugman, like many others, has noticed the essential incoherence in the Blue Dog stance on health care reform, and takes up the matter in his Times opinion column today.

Nothing Centrist About Them

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katrina vanden Heuvel

So-called "centrists" are far from the center of the health care debate. They are, in fact, out of touch and out of the mainstream -- like the rest of their conservative brethren.

Krugman: What Do the Blue Dogs Want? Who Knows?

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Right now the fate of health care reform seems to rest in the hands of relatively conservative Democrats -- mainly members of the Blue Dog Coalition, ...

Blue Dog Dems: Are You Listening?

Denise Dennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Denise Dennis

FDR's opponents called him a socialist and claimed that Social Security would be tantamount to a government take-over of their lives. Sound familiar?