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Reid Confident On Eve Of Health Bill's Debut

The Hill | J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A day before delivery of the Senate's long-awaited healthcare bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday struck a cautiously optimistic tone...

Sen. Rockefeller Won't Vote For Baucus Health Bill

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller slammed Senator Max Baucus' health care bill, saying his vote would not be forthco...

Baucus, Conrad Cave To Joe Wilson In Health Care Bill

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House strengthened its stand against health care coverage for illegal immigrants Friday, and a pivotal Senate committee l...

Gang Of Six: Who Votes With Whom?

Sunlight Foundation. | Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Since the end of July the Senate Finance Committee has been the focus of health care reform discussions. More specifically, the bipartisan “Gang...

Baucus Co-Op Plan "Authored" By Ex-Insurance Industry VP

Campaign Silo | Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Max Baucus circulated his draft plan earlier this week, the PDF documentation page (image) indicates that the "author" was ex-Wellpoint VP Liz Fo...

"Go Out And Make Me Do It"

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Having a president who inspires people to act collectively on their own behalf can make a difference. It gives people hope and courage to defy obstacles.

Darrell Issa, Another Lying Liar in the Countrywide VIP Loan Story

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Fiderer

Robert Feinberg is the "whistleblower" who accuses Chris Dodd of receiving "sweetheart deals" on his home mortgage. His statements and stolen company documents represent the only direct evident in Rep. Issa's misleading report.

Countrywide VIP Scandal: In the Media, Unlike the Courtroom, Rules of Evidence Don't Apply

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Fiderer

Why isn't any reporter asking inquiring about Feinberg's contacts with GOP operatives? And why isn't any reporter asking questions about who is paying Feinberg's legal bills?

Gang Of Six Back In Action: Giving Bipartisanship One More Try

POLITICO | Carrie Budoff Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Most top Democrats, including senior White House advisers, may no longer expect a health care deal out of the bipartisan "Group of Six," but the senat...

Lessons in Leadership: Why Obama Needs to Brush Up on His FDR

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The president, though a dedicated student of history, has failed to learn the lesson of our nation's most significant political confrontations.

Tom Daschle: The Man Behind Insurance Cooperatives

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Tom Daschle, has been busy performing his dual roles as health care adviser to the White House and "highly paid policy adviser to hospital, drug, pharmaceutical and other health care industry clients."

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Budget Buster: Kent Conrad's Long Opposition To The Public Option | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kent Conrad, the Democratic Senator who declared the public health insurance option dead on Sunday, portrays his activism on behalf of health insuranc...

Sam Stein

Dems Who Backed Obama Tripping Up Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Obama administration tries to maneuver its health care agenda through Congress, its objective has been complicated by a bit of political irony....

Co-op, Co-opt, Cop-Out: Conjugating Health Reform

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

If the centrist Democrats don't provide a meaningful alternative to costly, for-profit insurance, the backlash against them will be enormous. Co-ops will not be able to provide that alternative.

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.

Co-Op Health Care Plan Has Major Drawbacks: NYT

New York Times | GARDINER HARRIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House has indicated that it could accept a nonprofit health care cooperative as an alternative to a new government insurance p...

Ryan Grim

Where Is Kent Conrad Getting His Whip Count? | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There are 60 members of the Senate's Democratic caucus -- so why is Sen. Kent Conrad insisting that that there aren't enough votes to pass a public he...

Sorry, Not Enough House Votes To Pass Health Care Bill Without a Public Option

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

What was once the defining feature of the Obama health care plan has now been dismissed with a bipartisan flourish.

The News of Its Death Is Greatly Exaggerated

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Kathleen Sebelius said the public insurance option is not essential, adding to a steadily growing conventional wisdom that the public option is now dead. Not so fast.

Sam Stein

Compromise Co-Op Proposal Won't Lower Costs, Government Study Showed | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The health care reform compromise that centrist Democrats and several Republicans have indicated they'd support has shown an inability to effectively ...

Kent Conrad: Public Option A 'Wasted Effort'

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A public health insurance option took more hits Sunday as Sen. Kent Conrad described its pursuit as a "wasted effort" and an administration official s...

Kent Conrad Says He Won't Vote For Public Option

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Update: Conrad's spokesperson told Salon that the story was inaccurate. Conrad told his constituents that he won't let the government run their hea...

Dodd, Conrad Loans Broke No Senate Rules: Panel

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate ethics panel cleared Sens. Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad Friday of breaking rules by getting mortgages through a VIP progra...

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?

Dealbreaker: Five Reasons Co-Ops Will Fail

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

Co-ops are not a bad idea -- if they are offered alongside a public option. As a replacement for them, however, they're a dealbreaker.