Know what else would be a perfect policy to pass through reconciliation -- one that would reduce the Federal deficit? The public option.
Is Udall's refusal to sign onto the Bennet public option letter more than an oversight? I honestly don't know -- it's hard to tell, but the questions are clearly worth asking as the final battle takes shape.
By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Today, President Barack Obama will deliver a speech to Congress outlining his plan to move forward on ...
Voters are angry, and while it is illogical that people seem to be looking to break the gridlock in Washington by voting in Republicans who are no better, the anger is based on real concerns.
Polls show that voters in state after state overwhelmingly want the public option -- and progressives will keep pushing others senators to take a stand until 50 votes are reached.
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?
There's something poignant about Obama's attempts to reason with Republicans. As the health summit showed, they haven't worked, but a frustrated public will probably appreciate the effort anyway.
Serious people assure us that there just aren't the votes to pass a public option. You know, there is one way to find out. Take the damn vote.
President Obama, this is your moment for political courage, vision, leadership, and faith. We urge you to take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward.
While important I refuse to call this meeting a "summit," since Democratic and Republican politicians squabbling simply does not reach the heights of two nuclear powers tensely sitting down to talk about missiles.
Weekly Pulse: Obama to Promote Health Plan at SummitBy Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger On Monday, the White House released its plan for h...
Eliminating the antitrust exemption would enable the government to ensure that health insurance companies are doing right by their customers.
There are a host of other countries that have achieved comprehensive health care reform, and it's not because politics in those countries are devoid of left versus right ideological battles.
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.
Empathy for others comes fast when you are also suffering. Those of us who believe that everyone is entitled to affordable health insurance and good medical care need to constantly emphasize empathy and compassion.
The Bennet public option letter can only be characterized as the worst form of manipulation of Democratic voters by the White House.