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House Health Reform Bill

A Near-Death Experience, and On From Here

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

I voted yes on Sunday's health care reform bill. It's an historic first step. Historic. But we're not done. The framework for a comprehensive health care system is in place. Now we must finish the job.

Will Republicans Ever Have a Viable Alternative to the Public Option?

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The House health care overhaul bill passed not because Democrats prepared a good proposal but because Republicans showed an amazing inability to present a viable alternative.

AARP, AFL-CIO Boost House Health Plan That Taxes Rich, Not Middle Class

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The centrist lobbying powerhouse for the elderly, the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP), is scheduled to endorse the House health care bill despite its possibly flawed public option.

The New Scarlet Letter -- A is for Abortion

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

The Stupak-Pitts amendment takes me back to the days when abortion was not legal and the shame of an abortion was very much like wearing a big red letter A on your forehead.

The House Health Care Bill: Preemptive Gouging and Other Failures

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

With its 1990-page tome, the House has sold the concept of health care for all down the river.

Democratic Party Out of Bounds

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

To the House Dems who reportedly chanted "Fired up! Ready to go!": This isn't a pep rally. This situation calls for a little less partying and a little more party leadership, a few less amendments and a lot more amends.