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Sam Stein

Feingold: Obama Responsible For Loss Of Public Option | 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...

Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.

Sam Stein

Lieberman's Conn. Colleagues: He's Out Of Touch With Constituents On Public Plan | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two of Connecticut's five members of the House of Representatives accused the state's junior senator, Joseph Lieberman, of turning his back on the int...

Let Insiders Make Health Deals

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Each time politicians seeking to make a deal try to move the ball forward, there's a vocal reaction from those who can't tell the difference between making a deal and selling out.

Sam Stein

Public Option's Architect Intrigued By Medicare Buy-ln: 'The Original Idea' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The intellectual father of the public option expressed enthusiasm on Wednesday for the decision by Democrats to push for an expansion of Medicare cove...

Fate of Healthcare Reform Is in Joe Lieberman's Hands

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

Progressive observers may be forgetting that the 60 votes in the Senate necessary to invoke cloture, in most people's calculations, includes Joe Lieberman (I-Hartford Insurance).

The Audacity of Greed

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Health insurers have just made the best argument yet about why a public insurance option is necessary.

Sam Stein

Two-Thirds Of States Would Offer Public Option: CBO | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that roughly 33 states -- or two out of every three -- would offer a national, government-run insurance opti...

Supporting a Robust Public Option

Sen. Arlen Specter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Arlen Specter

The public option will create competition and will help to provide affordable choices for American families. It will also allow us to greatly expand the number of Americans with health insurance, and that is an imperative.

Sam Stein

Reid Says Public Plan Will Be In Final Bill: Report | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who will have wide control over reconciling two versions of health care legislation in the Senate, told local const...

Sam Stein

Harkin Hangs Tough: We Still Can Get 60 Votes For A Public Option | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the most prominent champions of a public option for health insurance coverage insisted on Wednesday that he still has the 60 votes needed to ge...

Healthcare Hindenburg

Alan Farnham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Farnham

The Hidenburg disaster marked the end of one of the most dramatic and unequivocal head-to-head competitions between private enterprise and government ever waged.

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.

Sam Stein

Ben Nelson Won't Commit To Blocking GOP Health Care Filibuster | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the toughest Democrats to corral in the Senate confirmed on Thursday that he is not committed to helping his party block a Republican filibuste...

GOP Favors Public Option for Property, Not People

David Cay Johnston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Cay Johnston

The bias in favor of property over people should be ended with all deliberate speed by raising the standard for people to that of property. A public option would be one small step in that direction.

Public Option Is Not Essential

Stan Dorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stan Dorn

Should Progressives in Congress kill any health care legislation that doesn't have public insurance option? It all depends. Remember that nearly 50 million people in this country lack health insurance.

Daily Pulse: Obama to Outline Vision for Health Care Reform

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

This is Obama's last chance to recapture the momentum that Democrats lost to corporate-backed town hall hooligans and misinformation during the August recess.

The Public Option: The Third Way, Not the Third Rail

Howard A. Kahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Howard A. Kahn

It's in. It's out. Is it in again or is it out again? The public option in health care reform or the "government health program," depending on your perspective, is the "Wac-A-Mole" of health care reform.

How (and Why) Ted Kennedy Might Have 'Compromised' on Healthcare Reform

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Promote the states as the final arbiters of whether to adopt the public plan, and instantly, it is not Barack Obama but 50 state governors and legislatures who wield the power.

My Open Letter on Health Insurance Reform

Rep. Jerrold Nadler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jerrold Nadler

Let's drive the message home: we need health insurance reform, we need a strong public option, and we won't settle for less.

Want to Lower The Healthcare Price Tag? The Insurance Debate is Just the Beginning

Zack Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zack Cooper

As the healthcare debate rages on, it is important to keep in mind the limits of what our healthcare system can accomplish.

Sam Stein

New Poll: 77 Percent Support "Choice" Of Public Option | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More than three out of every four Americans feel it is important to have a "choice" between a government-run health care insurance option and private ...

Sam Stein

White House Draws Line In The Sand... But Not On Public Option | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on Wednesday that President Obama is unalterably opposed to a health care bill that raises taxes on thos...

Weekly Pulse: Public Option on Life Support

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

The White House is sorely mistaken if it thinks that the public option belongs in the "nice but not necessary" category. Without it, there's little hope of containing costs or reigning in the power of insurance companies.

Sam Stein

Kyl: Co-Ops A "Trojan Horse" For Public Option, GOP Won't Support | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A key member of Republican leadership in the Senate declared on Tuesday that a cooperative approach to health insurance was merely a "Trojan horse" fo...