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What Do Americans Want On Health Care?

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

Congress has the idea that health care reform is a political football game with two clear sides, and the public option a dividing line. But what if very few Americans see the debate through this prism?

The Public Option Lives On

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The public option lives on. It's still in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension bill. It still headlines the House bills, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's still committed to it.

Senator Snowe and the Boys

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


The Snowe Trigger: A Catch-22 to Kill the Public Option

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

The private insurance market has failed, and we've given them enough second chances. The American people support a public health insurance option that's available on day one, not a bailout of the insurance industry.

Desperately Seeking Snowe

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

While we've all been having an earnest debate about what should go in the bill and how it should get done, the real fight in Washington has been over who's going to get the corporate money.

Triggering a Democratic Civil War

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

By winning Olympia Snowe over on health care, the White House is risking something far more politically dangerous: an ugly fight within the Democratic Party and further erosion of Obama's standing with his base.

Sam Stein

White House Denies Pushing Trigger Option, Dem Groups Concur | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House, along with several progressive groups and high-ranking Democrats, is pushing back against reports that the administration is advancin...

From Franklin to Snowe, Women Take Charge to Take Care

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

From health care to economics, our nation's women are proving to be the essential ingredient to getting the job done.

Ryan Grim

GOP Rushes To Defend Insurance Companies From Dem Attack | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Veering right into Glenn Beck territory, House Republicans darkly hinted Wednesday that the White House was behind the nefarious plot to muzz...

Sam Stein

Olympia Snowe Targeted By Progressives In New Ad Blitz (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

All eyes in the health care debate have turned to Maine, where Republican Senator Olympia Snowe has emerged as the key vote on a public option for ins...

Why, Oh Why, Do They Never Listen?

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

Let's not pretend Democratic health reform doesn't include new taxes -- and mandated fee payments to profitable private companies. If their bill passes in this form they'll pay a heavy political price for it. And they'll deserve it.

Snowe Praises Obama On Health Care, Criticizes Republican Colleagues

New York Times | JOHN HARWOOD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ms. Snowe has not endorsed either Democratic health care bill in the Senate. No Republican has. But in an interview, she offered a surprisingly rob...

Rockefeller: GOP Bringing "The Hammer" Down On Snowe

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There's a very revealing moment in an interview that public option hero Jay Rockefeller gave to Ezra Klein. Rockefeller suggests he has first-hand kno...

Are We Finally Done With This Bipartisanship BS?

Dan Sweeney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Sweeney

Max Baucus, in his insistence on bipartisan reform, is almost entirely responsible for the brain-cell-killing month of 'deathers' and 'birthers' we have had to endure.

Why Olympia Snowe Should Vote Against the Baucus Plan

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Here's what's likely to happen if Snowe signs on to the Baucus bill, and if she doesn't. The next few weeks are crucial.

Mad Max Baucus (D-BC/BS) and his Gang of Styx

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

The Gang of Styx represent 8.4 million Americans, but they have been given more dollars from the health care industry than they have constituents.

The Gang of Six: An Epic of Futility

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The Baucus Caucus came to town one morning in the early spring, / They said, "You want a health-care bill? Don't sweat -- we'll handle ev'rything!"

Daily Pulse: Has Baucus Pulled Snowe's Trigger?

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

To progressives, adopting the "wait and see" approach is like giving Bernie Madoff another five years to run his Ponzi scheme, just to make absolutely sure he's a crook.

Dems May Be Walking Into Republican Health Care "Trap"

Politics Daily | David Corn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Are the Democrats about to walk into a Republican trap on health care? As I monitor the latest back and forth, I feel as if I'm watching a cheesy horr...

Hatch: I Sincerely Doubt Snowe Or Collins Will Support Health Care Reform

Talking Points Memo | Brian Beutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

What did conservative Republicans think of President Obama's health care speech last night? Not very much, apparently. Sen Orrin Hatch (R-UT)--who, yo...

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 of ...

Obama Healthcare Speech: How To Watch it

New York Times | David M. Herszenhorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his speech to Congress at 8 p.m. Wednesday, President Obama will press his case for major health care legislation, not just with lawmakers in the a...

Cloture Passes On Cass Sunstein, 63-35

Washington Independent | David Weigel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On a 63-35 vote, the Senate has broken the filibuster against Cass Sunstein, President Obama's nominee for Administrator of the White House Office of ...

The President's Speech

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The President gives a great speech. He challenged politicians and Americans to do "great things," because that is "who we are." Once more, he offers his hand; once more it is spit upon.

Despite Fears, Health Care Overhaul Is Moving Ahead

New York Times | Sheryl Gay Stolberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conventional wisdom, here and around the country, is that the centerpiece of President Obama's domestic agenda -- remaking the healt...