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Sam Stein

Democrats Are Getting Uncomfortably Angsty Over Obamacare | Sam Stein | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Frustration with the botched, politically uncomfortable rollout of the president's health care law is beginning to mount to unsustainabl...

'Rate Shock' Will Be at Heart of New Scare Campaign Against Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

One of the most ill-advised promises President Obama made during the health care reform debate was this: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." He should have known better.

Sam Stein

What Now? | Sam Stein | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three years after Democrats began crafting health care reform, nearly 18 months after the president signed it into law, and eight months...

'Ripple Effect' Of Health Care Reform Means A Layoff For Some

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business

CHICAGO — A father lost his job at a medical device company that is facing a new tax. A young woman got back on her parents' insurance and was a...

In Turnabout, Democrats Allege GOP Dropped The Ball On Job Focus

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans won dozens of elections last fall after claiming Democrats had focused too little on creating jobs. Now GOP lawmakers s...

Obama Looks To Boost Health Care Reform In Marking 6-Month Anniversary Of New Law

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Blaming himself for coolness to his health care overhaul, President Barack Obama is seeking to reintroduce the law to voters...

Dems' New Message On Health Care Reform: 'Improve' Legislation, Don't Talk 'Costs And Deficit'

Politico | Ben Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Key White House allies are dramatically shifting their attempts to defend health care legislation, abandoning claims that it will reduce costs and def...

Health Care Vote May Hurt Some Careers, but It's Worth It

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Democrats may indeed lose seats in Congress for passing health care legislation, just as they lost seats emanating from the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As I always say, better to lose a congressional seat to right an immoral wrong.

An Obama Organizer Looks Back

David Litt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Litt

As I watched President Obama at the signing ceremony today, I thought about Wendy again. She will finally be able to get the healthcare she needs.

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About November

Michael Wenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wenger

There already is evidence in a recent poll that African American voters are motivated to turn out in higher-than-usual numbers in November, and this legislative victory will increase such a likelihood.

Obama's Latest Comeback

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

The venom directed yesterday at John Lewis, Emanuel Cleaver, and Barney Frank by Tea Party protesters should serve as a wake-up call. The epithets spewed by the Tea Party bigots are not protests. They are defamation.

March Madness, DC Style

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

We do not get all we pay for in this world, but we are certainly paying for everything we get. We have paid an incredibly heavy price to get to this moment on health care: now is not the time to falter.

Jason Linkins

Health Care Reform: Democrats Will Be Challenged, Whether They Pass Reform Or Not | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats aren't going to catch a break if they accede to their opponents' demands and drop health care reform. In fact, they face a steeper, more expensive climb during the campaign. They'll also face the wrath of voters.

The End of an Illusion

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

With all the health care bill's deficiencies, winning its passage would be a triumph, not just for expansion of health coverage, but for Obama's capacity to grow in office and defeat Republican obstruction.

Union Threatens To Pull Support For Dems Who Don't Support Health Care Reform

Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In what seems intended as a shot across the bow of House Dems wavering on health reform, top officials with the labor powerhouse SEIU have bluntly tol...

Sam Stein

Labor On Dems Who Block Health Reform: We'll 'Take Them Out' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As health care reform enters its do-or-die stage in Congress, union leaders on Tuesday began threatening that they will work to 'take out' Democratic ...

House Votes To Repeal Antitrust Exemption For Health Insurers

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to repeal the antitrust exemption currently granted to health insurance companies....

Public Option Push: Four More Democratic Senators Ask Reid For Vote

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday four Dem Senators made a big splash by signing a letter pushing Dem leaders to pass the public option via reconciliation, suggesting the pro...

Pelosi Aide: Health Care May Be Put Off Until Easter

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's top health policy aide laid out a way forward today and said reform should be close to finished by Easter recess. Congre...

Democrats May Suffer If They Fail To Pass Health Care Legislation: Poll

The Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats may face severe political consequences in the polls next year if they fail to pass health care reform legislation. A new survey from Public ...

The Democratic Left's Firing Squad

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

For 60 years, since Harry Truman, liberal Democrats have supported a national health insurance system -- so that the health of individual Americans and families would not be a function of wealth.

Another Look at Stupak-Pitts

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Stupak amendment supporters should support a proposal that requires that at least one insurance policy on a state exchange include abortion coverage so long as another, identical policy does not include abortion coverage.

Sam Stein

Lieberman Has Made Health Care Reform Unpopular | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By giving in to Sen. Joseph Lieberman's (I-Conn.) demands on health care legislation, Senate Democratic leadership may have moved closer to blocking a...

Sam Stein

Republicans Poised To Run On Health Care Repeal Campaign | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A growing chorus of Republican officials is pledging to push for a full repeal of health care reform legislation, weeks before a bill actually lands o...

Rahm: Public Option Not Likely To Pass

The Hill | Michael O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate has been fairly clear that they cannot pass a healthcare bill including a public option, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel asserted W...