To get so-called moderate Democrat Ben Nelson on board, Harry Reid had to agree to a decidedly un-moderate compromise on abortion rights.
Obama: "The Senate and the House bills are 95 percent identical. There's 5 percent differences, and one of those differences is the public option. But this is an area that has just become symbolic of a lot of ideological fights."
If Obama and the Democratic party play their cards right, they will present this legislation not as the only legislation we will need, but rather as the first step in a series of reforms that will eventually achieve what the American people want.
There are many reasons for hoping the Senate health care bill doesn't become the law of the land. But the biggest reason of all is the desperate need for a DC pattern interrupt.
What I'm afraid of is that this bill makes private insurance larger and stronger -- and thus, gets us further away from curing the main problem of our health care system: perverse incentives.
Popular action is the very definition of democracy. It doesn't happen without us, and it isn't a human right upheld by some magic fairness-fairy. If the public option's not in the bill, it's because we haven't shown up to demand it.
Snow affords us an opportunity to care for one another. We can shovel for an elderly neighbor, and make crossing safe for pedestrians. Whether shoveling a sidewalk or providing health care to Americans -- we could all use altruism this season.
As I find myself gripped in a bitter argument -- with myself -- about the fate of health care reform, I'm reminded of the schizophrenic Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings saga fighting angrily with himself.
The health care debate is teetering, not "on the precipice of success" as President Obama put it, but rather on the precipice of outright farce.
Want to know how to get this president's attention? Disagree with him or oppose him, and he's putty in your hands.
The never-ending story of health care reform took another turn for the weird this week. It began with liberals working themselves into a lather over ...
Attendees of the Union League Club's Dem Senatorial Forum were treated to candidates largely in agreement, but whose actions show little evidence they have been infected by the holiday spirit.
The Dems eventually will get a bill they can call "reform," but they will not be able to say with straight faces that the reform is a significant improvement over the terrible system we already have.
I'm pissed off at health care reform. I'm pissed off at this endless process of emotional highs and lows and exhilaration and dejection and history and infamy.
Barack Obama has been praised as a smart politician whose long view pragmatism and patience belie shrewd instincts. President Obama is certainly effic...
There are a number of vital amendments to the Senate health care reform bill that can go a long way towards making lemonade out of the lemons that Joe Lieberman has thrown our way.