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Obama's Biggest Mistake

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Dreier

Baucus asked the White House to appoint his girlfriend, Melodee Hanes, as Montana's U.S. Attorney. Didn't Obama learn anything from their years in Chicago surrounded by the patronage politics of the Daley machine?

"Therapy" for Obama and His Demoralization by the Insurance Industry

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

Obama is trapped in the same kind of thinking that initially demoralized his hero Abraham Lincoln, who ultimately rejected that kind of thinking, regained his morale, and fought against what was morally wrong.

Ryan Grim

Reid Punts On Insurance Industry Anti-Trust Exemption | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate negotiators have decided not to include a provision revoking the insurance industry's anti-trust exemption in the bill leadership sends to the ...

Health Care Bill's Winners And Losers: Drug Makers To Benefit, Insurers Brace For Hit

Wall Street Journal | JANET ADAMY and GREG HITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The drug industry stands to gain in a health-care overhaul by getting tens of millions of newly insured customers, while insurance companies -- especi...

Health Insurance Industry Exposes Its Insatiable Greed

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

After pretending for months to cooperate with the Obama administration and Democrats to secure a reasonable health reform bill, the industry's CEOs and lobbyists on Sunday double-crossed their one-time political allies.

Jason Linkins

Evan Bayh's Wife Reaping The Benefits Of Health Care Reform | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Stephen Colbert once remarked, "There are some things that everybody knows, but nobody says." He was referring to something that I've endeavored to...

Ryan Grim

Democrats Are United -- For Now | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate has voted to move forward with the health care bill. The vote was 60-39 in favor of debating the bill put forward by Senate Majority Leader...

Medicare Part D Creators Now Working For Lobbyists With Billions At Stake

ProPublica | Olga Pierce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Four years ago, a group of lawmakers and aides crafted Medicare Part D, the prescription drug program for seniors that has produced billions of dollar...

Senate Democrats Launch Attack On Insurer Anti-Trust Exemption

POLITICO | Patrick O'Conner and Carrie Budoff Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The long-simmering tension between insurers and congressional Democrats is erupting into open warfare, with lawmakers stepping up their push to revoke...

Media Discovers WellPoint "Right To Profit" Case

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Dayen

The new health insurance rates offered by the Maine Superintendent do not prevent Anthem from making a profit. But Anthem wants the state of Maine to guarantee a 3% profit as a Constitutional right.

Jeff Muskus

Health Policy Experts Push For House Language In Final Version Of Health Care Bill | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Without a public option, the signature achievement of health care reform is supposed to be new consumer protections that would force the insurance ind...

The Other Health Care Option

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

How do we eliminate the creation of a government-run program yet provide millions of Americans with the ability to afford health care coverage? Here's how.

GOP Health Care Bill WON'T Prevent Insurance Companies From Denying Sick People

Wall Street Journal | JANET ADAMY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are preparing to unveil their own health bill in the next few days. Minority Leader John Boehner (R., Ohio) said Monday that the plan woul...

Woman Denied Health Care Insurance After Rape Tells Her Story (Video)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Christina Turner was drugged and raped by two men in 2002. After taking anti-HIV drugs prescribed by her doctor as a preventative measure, Turner was ...

Obama's Rx For Health Care: Pull Plug On Insurance Companies, Not Grandma

Julie Farby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Farby

Crazed, shrieking mobs of birthers, secessionists, and teabaggers are one thing. As annoying and demented as they may be, Barry knows these confederat...

Max Baucus Has Only Himself To Blame

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.

Congress: Investigate Insurers' Deception and Lies Before Forcing Us to Buy Health Insurance From Them

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The health insurance industry is laundering millions of dollars through third parties to influence the health care reform legislation and kill provisions that might hinder insurers' profits.

"Joe the Bummer:" Lieberman's in the Insurance Industry's Hip Pocket on Health Care Reform

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's time for Democrats to punish Lieberman for his consistent disloyalty, from supporting Sen. John McCain's bid for the presidency in '08 to this latest self-serving ploy.

United Healthcare Urges Employees To Lobby Senators

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The nation's largest health insurance company is recruiting its employees in a grassroots lobbying campaign against health care reform, according to t...

GOP Health Bill In The Works; Boehner Says Republican Bill Would Extend Insurance Coverage To "Millions"

Wall Street Journal | GREG HITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans are preparing an alternative health-care bill to Democratic legislation, House Republican Leader John Boehner said, marking a shift in str...

A Health Insurance Mandate and Corporate Monopoly

Zack Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zack Cooper

The only way to go from sickness care to health promotion is with both tougher regulation of insurance companies and a meaningful mandate for individuals to buy health insurance.

Where Are All the democrats in Congress ? Little "d" Intended

Vivien Lesnik Weisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivien Lesnik Weisman

We live in a country where 400,000 people die every year not from a disease, but from what they eat -- and this is not considered relevant to health care reform?

Top Ten Civil Justice Triumphs Of the Decade!

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

We look back with pride, and with some amazement really, at these great civil justice wins during the past decade. It hasn't been easy, and there are many to thank.

Ryan Grim

Insurance Industry Antitrust Fight Headed To Conference Committee | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The insurance industry successfully fought off a Senate threat to revoke its antitrust exemption as part of health care reform, but the issue lives to...

Harry Reid Reassures Democrats That Joe Lieberman Is On Board With Health Care Bill

The Hill | Alexander Bolton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Joe Lieberman has reached a private understanding with Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will not block a final vote on healthcare reform, accor...