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Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney

Power Struggle: Inside The Battle For The Soul Of The Democratic Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Raúl Grijalva is sitting quietly with a few of his staffers at one end of the bar, a bottle of Bud and a shot of whiskey in front of him, while his f...

Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney

Power Struggle: Inside The Battle For The Soul Of The Democratic Party (Print Version)

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Raúl Grijalva is sitting quietly with a few of his staffers at one end of the bar, a bottle of Bud and a shot of whiskey in front of him, while his f...

Sam Stein

Kaine: Obama Is Doing 'OK' With The Base

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama's decision to include offshore drilling as a component of a broader energy policy has reignited a debate that dominated much of...

Obama Perfectly Posed to Push Public Option

Tom Pappalardo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Pappalardo

If President Obama's advisers had any killer instinct, they would push him to zero in on an absolutely golden opportunity to include a public option in the historic health care reform bill.

NY Times Reporter Confirms Obama Made Deal to Kill Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Even while Obama was saying that he thought a public option was a good idea, he had promised for-profit hospital lobbyists that there would be no public option in the final bill.

Obama, Durbin and Pelosi All Point Fingers at Someone Else for Killing Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's all Kabuki theater to cover up the truth that President Obama made a backroom deal with the for-profit hospital industry that the final health care bill would not include a national public option.

Ryan Grim

Obama To Progressives: This Is Just The Foundation

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama began his meeting with leading House progressives by bringing in a letter from an Ohio woman who wrote him to say that her skyrocketin...

Ryan Grim

Public Option Picks Up 35th Supporter

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) became the 35th senator to commit to voting for a public health insurance option if it comes to a vote on the floor under the...

The Cure That Dares Not Speak Its Name

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

How does the rest of the club of affluent countries manage to insure everyone for 9 or 10 percent of GDP, and have a healthier and longer-lived population, to boot?

Sam Stein

Sanders: Obama 'Is Wrong,' Making A Mistake On The Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While a bipartisan group of lawmakers begin a six-hour-long health care summit on Thursday, it's worth noting that Republicans aren't the only ones di...

The Real Reason Obama's Plan Doesn't Include a Public Option

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The real reason Obama's health care plan doesn't include a public option is that he made a backroom deal last summer with the for-profit hospital industry that there would be no meaningful public option.

Sam Stein

Gibbs Explains Why Obama Didn't Include Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House decided not to include a public option for insurance coverage in its final health care proposal because of concerns about vote count, ...

Ryan Grim

Obama Health Care Plan Drops Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despite the recent surge of support in the Senate for a government-run health insurance option, President Obama chose not to include one of the most p...

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

I'm happy for union workers who've earned "better" plans through collective bargaining. But I'm somewhat unsympathetic on the subject when most of us working stiffs can't afford any plan at all.

Sam Stein

Feingold: Obama Responsible For Loss Of Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) formally announced on Sunday that he would support the Senate's final version of health care reform. But in doing so he c...

Public Option: Progressives Take Aim At Rahm, Demand White House Take A Stronger Stance

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In recent weeks, liberal groups have largely refrained from directly pressuring the White House on the public option -- even as there's been lots of g...

Obama Pushing Public Option Behind-The-Scenes In Senate: LAT

L.A. Times | Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despite months of outward ambivalence about creating a government health insurance plan, the Obama White House has launched a behind-the-scenes campai...

Sam Stein

Did Obama Campaign On The Public Option? Yes But Not Entirely

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama, in an interview with The Washington Post, said on Tuesday that in the two years leading up to his election he "didn't campaign...

The Public Option in Congress Is Now a Sham. Who Cares If Lieberman Kills It?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

With or without a fraudulent public option, millions of Americans who will be required to buy insurance or pay a fine will see their premiums skyrocket.

Why We're Breaking With the Blue Dogs on the Public Option

Jane Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Harman

We understand the fear of many insured Californians that health care reform will revoke their current doctors and coverage. But the grim reality is that many more insured people will lose their coverage without reform.

The Democrats' Authoritarian Health "Reform" Bill and the Ascendency of Corporatism in the Democratic Party

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

From the moment he was elected, Obama has governed not as a progressive liberal but as a corporatist liberal. Progressive liberals hoped Obama would be like FDR. Instead, he's been like Bill Clinton on steroids.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

The Republican strategy of delay escalated their misfortune; their "tea party" movement is a great, big Teabagger Fail, and the media's credibility is shot right along with them.

Jay Rockefeller: White House Approach To Public Option "Difficult To Fathom"

Talking Points Memo | Brian Beutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I just spoke with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), who had a bit of a fractured take on the current state of the public option. He took issue with the Pre...

Sam Stein

Gibbs: Obama 'Absolutely' Did Everything To Get Public Option, Despite No Talks With Lieberman

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted once more that President Obama did everything he could to get a public option through the Senate, ev...

Who's Killing the Public Option? President Obama With a Rahm-Bow

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Those fighting for a "robust" public option need to finally accept the hard truth that Barack Obama is not an ally. He's an obstacle.