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Pharma Deal To Be Tested On Senate Floor | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has promised to allow a vote on re-importing prescription drugs from Canada as an amendment to the health c...

Ensign Shows There's No Blushing in Politics

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Here's the inspiring part: the sight of John Ensign sitting behind a microphone and talking about how people need to follow the rules. He can do all this while keeping a straight face!

The Gang of Six: An Epic of Futility

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The Baucus Caucus came to town one morning in the early spring, / They said, "You want a health-care bill? Don't sweat -- we'll handle ev'rything!"

Mad Max Baucus (D-BC/BS) and his Gang of Styx

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

The Gang of Styx represent 8.4 million Americans, but they have been given more dollars from the health care industry than they have constituents.

Paying for Health Care -- Will Congress Have the Guts to Bust This Trust?

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

Group Purchasing Organizations negotiate "sole source" contracts with hospitals, amounting to bald-faced kickbacks that save taxpayers not a dime.

Getting Past the Senate

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Passing a strong, comprehensive bill, with a public option, through the Senate is eminently doable. Let's look at the actual facts in terms of passing a bill acceptable to most Democrats.

On Wednesday, the President Has to Move the Health Care Debate from a Marketplace of Lies to a Marketplace of Ideas

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If outright lies end up killing health care reform, the Republicans will have won, but, more importantly, the American people will have lost.

Health Care - Like Education - a Public Good

Sandy Maisel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandy Maisel

How can we be proud as a nation that we have universal, free public education, but not health care? Can that possibly make sense?

Media Blind to GOP Hypocrisy in Health Care Debate

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Bonavoglia

The Republicans protesting health care reform are the same people who have brought us an avalanche of governmental regulations dictating the availability of women's reproductive health care.

Palin Supports Corsi: District 9 Is a Documentary

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

An indignant Palin immediately released a series of searing Facebook status updates denouncing the impending alien immigrant infestation as "icky" and "un-American,"

You Thought That Was Bad? 22 More Reasons to Fear Health-Care Reform

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

On page 311 of the health care reform bill: Forced "sterilization" of all surgical tools. One more step toward forced sterilization of everyone.

The Health Club at the Corner of Chimera and Mirage

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Obama the Developer wants to build a health club. Something classy, that's what he's thinking, with all the latest equipment, and enough room so everyone in town can join.

New York Times: Democrats Seem Set To Go Alone On A Health Bill

New York Times | CARL HULSE and JEFF ZELENY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority's cooperation i...

Three Reasons Why a Strong Public Option is Likely to be Part of Health Insurance Reform

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

A public option has none of the bureaucratic complexity of rate regulation and uses competitive forces to keep rates down. It is simple and elegant.

President Obama is Soliciting Health Care Questions... Here You Go!

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

I and millions of others on the Obama listserv just got an email from David Plouffe announcing that the president will take questions from people online. What's your question for 44?

Jason Linkins

White House Finally Discovers New Health Care Reform Argument | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Matt Yglesias says that the "White House speechwriting team delivers in the latest radio address with a helpful brief phrase that sums up the goals of...

Jason Linkins

Chuck Grassley Blames "The Far Left" For "Death Panel" Fearmongering | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Obama administration has been attempting to win the favor of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley in its quest to garner his support for health care reform...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the health care debate journeyed through the looking glass. Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance committee, embraced the death panel myth, telling a crowd in his home state that they were correct to be worried about the government deciding to "pull the plug on grandma." Noted medical expert Chuck Norris also weighed in, sounding the alarm about "government agents coming into your home and telling you how to parent your children" and encouraging abortions. And Investors Business Daily claimed that physically disabled scientist Stephen Hawking would have had his life cut short by the government-run British health care system if he lived in England. Which, in fact, he does. And always has. Who needs details when there are town hall discussions to disrupt -- or bring a gun to?

Health Care Reform: White Like Me, Oh, Dear!

Mona Gable | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mona Gable

All this brutish behavior. It's enough to make me renounce my European roots and claim my tiny Chickasaw heritage.

Sen. Grassley Disqualifies Himself from Health Care Negotiations

Adam Lioz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Lioz

How can someone act as a good-faith negotiator on a critical and complex issue while simultaneously spreading bald-faced lies about the content of the leading legislation on the topic?

GOP Senator Pushing For "Bipartisan" Health Bill Calls Dem Plan "Idiotic"

Media Matters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Chuck Grassley made an absurd straw man argument to support his claim that Democratic proposals for health insurance reform are "idiotic."...

Grassley Uses Kennedy's Brain Tumor To Spread Fear Of Rationing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, has taken the lead role in negotiating the health care reform bill for the...

Republicans, Healthcare and Money

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

All but three Republicans voted against the stimulus, yet they all are gladly taking the money. Seeing a trend here?

Sen. Grassley To Vote Against Sotomayor Confirmation

Des Moines Register | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said today he planned to oppose the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court when the Senate Judiciary...

Grassley: GOP Will Take Blame If Health Reform Fails

Quad City Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans calling for the defeat of President Obama's health-care reform plan may not like the outcome if they are successful, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grass...