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Obama Retreats On Health Care Reform Bill

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and congressional allies signaled Wednesday they may try to scale back his sweeping health care overhaul to ...

Health Care: What We Do Now

Nicholas Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Brown

The Senate already passed a health care plan though. We need to vocally and wholeheartedly support that bill without any changes.

What Would Dr. King Have Thought of Health Reform?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

On this Martin Luther King Day, the struggle to provide decent health care to all Americans isn't over. There's still time to fight for the most just, wise, and equitable bill possible.

How the White House Used Gruber's Work to Create Appearance of Broad Consensus

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The White House is placing a giant bet on Gruber's "assumptions" to justify key portions of the Senate bill. Now we know that Gruber's work was not that of an independent analyst but a contractor to the White House.

A Tax Even Its Defenders Can't Love

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why does anyone think the badly-designed "Cadillac tax" will evolve into something better? The most likely outcome is a backlash that makes genuine cost containment impossible for a generation.

Ryan Grim

House Dems Debate Cadillac Tax On Insurance Plans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats met Thursday to devise a negotiating strategy as the two chambers begin to hash out differences between their respective health care b...

Ryan Grim

After Ripping Clinton And McCain, Obama Embraces Their Policies

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, President Barack Obama challenged his critics to identify any "gap" between what he campaigned ...

New York Times: Lobbyists Fighting Last Big Plans to Cut Health Care Costs

New York Times | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the health care debate moves to the floor of Congress, most of the serious proposals to fulfill President Obama's original vow to cur...

Sam Stein

White House And Labor Make 'Big Strides' On Health Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House and major labor unions are making what one source familiar with the conversations called "big strides" in hammering out an agreement o...

Ryan Grim

Pelosi: National Health Insurance Exchange "Essential"

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed the House health care position forward on Tuesday night, insisting that a national health insurance exchange is "essential...

Myth-Making on the Misnamed Cadillac Tax

Merrill Goozner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merrill Goozner

The Senate bill taxes the old and sick stuck in high-cost plans to pay for health care reform. Defenders of the Senate's excise tax appear incapable of absorbing counterfactual information

I'm the Guy Who Cut Your Health Benefits. Trust Me.

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If Congress and the White House are serious about creating effective reform, they need to pay more attention to how some of these proposals will play out in the actual arena of medical economics.

Three Reasons You May Be Uneasy With Health Reform

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the end product is an imperfect health care reform bill, one that takes too much from the middle class in order to help those even less fortunate, that won't be what some people wanted. But it will be be an improvement.

The Washington Post: Always Fighting the Wrong War

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the Washington Post will outsource financial reporting to an anti-spending conservative, why wouldn't they outsource their health reform reporting to ... insurance companies?

Why President Obama's 'Taurus Tax' Is the Wrong Medicine

Drew Westen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Drew Westen

President Obama promised that there would be no middle class tax hikes on his watch. Apparently he's changed his mind.

Labor Leaders Admit They Can't Kill Health Care Tax

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The presidents of about a dozen labor unions will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday to push him to limit the scope of a proposed tax on high-...

Sam Stein

Obama To Meet With Union Leaders To Discuss Cadillac Tax

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama is planning to meet with union leaders in the next few days in order to address their opposition to a proposed tax on high-cost...

Getting Real: Ten Myths Behind Progressive Support for the Senate Health Bill

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Some of the current bill's provisions are going to hurt the Democrats and will probably cost them seats unless they're removed. How can a smaller group of Democrats do what a bigger group could not?

'Cadillac Tax' Debate Shows We Don't Understand the Problem

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

The effort to expand health care coverage by enacting a so-called "Cadillac Tax" is perhaps contradictory. While such effort enables greater access for some, it effectively limits access for others.

A Personal Appeal: The Middle-Class Health Tax Must Be Stopped

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The so-called (and misnamed) "Cadillac tax" is unfair and unwise. It's also a political landmine for its supporters, and a political goldmine for those who oppose all health reform.

Sam Stein

Nine-Million-Member Union Coalition Calls For Defeat Of Cadillac Tax

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A coalition of federal and postal employees, numbering nearly nine million members, sent a letter to congressional leaders on Tuesday insisting that t...

Sam Stein

Cadillac Tax Feud: House, Senate Dems Tangle

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Tensions are mounting between House and Senate Democrats as the chambers try to hammer out an agreement over how to pay for health care reform. Hous...

What Next in the Battle for Health Care Reform?

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Those who are critical of Obama need to remember something: health insurance reform is an achievement that has eluded presidents for decades. It's easy to criticize. It's not so easy to actually get things done.

Cadillac Tax: Congress Is Split On Reform Effort To Tax Costly Health Care Plans

New York Times | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ROBERT PEAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A proposed tax on high-cost, or "Cadillac," health insurance plans has touched off a fierce clash between the Senate and the House as they wrestle ove...

Union Exemption From Excise Tax Is a Bad, Bad Idea

Michael Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Whitney

If unions take the deal to exempt union health care plans from the excise tax, they fulfill one of the worst of stereotypes of labor unions: blind self interest.