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Lucia Graves

George Miller Sends Pies To Senate To Protest Removal Of 401(k) Fee Disclosure Provision

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) delivered 23 pies to members of the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday -- each pie had a slice missing to protest com...

Carried Interest Tax: 'On the Table' in Senate

Reuters | Kim Dixon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

U.S. lawmakers desperate for revenue are looking anew at changing the tax treatment of profits earned by hedge fund and private equity managers, congr...

Will the Senate Clear the Financial Market Minefield?

SAFER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
SAFER

Jennifer Taub As early as next week, we will learn whether the United States Senate has the courage to clear the financial market minefield. If so, o...

President Obama, Free the Panama and Colombia Trade Agreements!

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Nations that trade do not go to war with each other. Yet, we appear to have entered the most protectionist American period of the modern era.

US Trade Rep Serves Drug Companies, Publishers and Pushes Anti-Consumer Agenda

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James Love

From the point of view of many consumers, public health, digital rights and development groups, the United States Trade Representative is a major disappointment pushing an anti consumer agenda on dozens of issues.

Hollywood Agrees, Consumers Need Protection

Tamara Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tamara Conniff

Elizabeth Warren warns that unless a consumer protection agency with real "teeth" is formed, Americans and small businesses will continue to be brought to their knees.

Jason Linkins

This Day In Failed Government Technology

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Matt Yglesias points his readers to the website of the Senate Finance Committee, as an example of just how spectacularly behind the curve the federal ...

The Senate Jobs Credit -- Not Good Economics

Samuel H. Williamson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Samuel H. Williamson

I think both these ideas may make some political sense, but they are not good economic strategies. There is a better and simpler credit to increase employment.

Knowing When To Pick A Fight

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Senator Dodd, don't tarnish your great legacy by having the final act of your distinguished Senatorial career be giving the banks and their Republican allies everything they want.

Coalition of Experts Demand Reforms That End Racial Profiling by Financial Institutions

Victor Corral | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Corral

On January 19, amidst reports that Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) is considering ditching his proposal for a Consumer Fi...

Health Insurers' "Rape" of America

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

Isn't it about time that every single American who is concerned about health care stand up and be counted once and for all and tell insurers, "enough is enough"?

Cadillac Tax: Congress Is Split On Reform Effort To Tax Costly Health Care Plans

New York Times | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ROBERT PEAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A proposed tax on high-cost, or "Cadillac," health insurance plans has touched off a fierce clash between the Senate and the House as they wrestle ove...

Sam Stein

Weiner: AHIP Report Makes Strongest Case In Weeks For Public Option

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the most high-profile progressives in the House of Representatives argued on Monday that a new insurance lobby report disparaging the Senate's ...

Ryan Grim

Nelson Ready To Bust Pharma Deal: 'They Need 60 Votes, Don't They?'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, said on Sunday that if leadership doesn't work with him on his amendment that would break the White House deal w...

Food Lobby Mobilizes, As Soda Tax Bubbles Up

HuffPost Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

By Christine Spolar, Huffington Post Investigative Fund and Joseph Eaton, Staff Writer, Center for Public Integrity Washington lobbyists have been en...

Shopping for Health Care at the Thrift Store

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

Without the public option, the truth is that we have a bill that might cost the government less, but costs consumers more. The public option will create the competition needed to drive down prices of private insurance.

The Public Option is Dead as a Doornail

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The public option epitaph was written months ago during the more than two dozen secret meetings that Obama and his aides had with the insurance industry and pharmaceutical bigwigs.

Olympia Snowe and the Importance of Being Pivotal

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Olympia Snowe's vote might not have been a tie-breaker, but it was a mood-shifter. And at least she's not the kind who gloats, flaunts her influence and does a victory dance when the bargaining is done.

Left, Right & Center: Obama's Nobel, Health Care Vote, The $ is Down

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

The Nobel Peace Prize has been, stunningly and unexpectedly, given to President Barack Obama. Is it a case of unrealistic expectations? Will it help o...

Snowe Health Care Vote Could Cost Her Ranking Position

The Hill | Alexander Bolton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine) is risking a shot at becoming the top Republican on an influential Senate committee by backing Democratic healthcare legisl...

An Open Letter to Senator Max Baucus : Save Your Health Care Bill With Simple Reform

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

I've reviewed the current form of the your Senate Finance Committee bill, which is basically a good compromise, but has significant watered-down defects as it's about to go to vote.

Uniquely American? Or Uniquely Bad?

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

I don't want a "uniquely American" solution to health care reform. Give me almost any of the solutions in Europe. I'd even take some of the health care systems in Asia. Happily.

Grassley Receives $150K From Health Insurance Industry

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley took in $154,350 in third-quarter campaign donations from the health insurance industry, according to the Public Campaign Act...

Health Care Cooperatives Can Work

Steven Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

Private, nonprofit health care cooperatives, properly designed, actually could offer quite a lot to both the left and the right, as well as to anyone who is interested in expanding health care coverage.

Health Insurance Companies Want Severe Penalites For People Who Do Not Buy Coverage

The Associated Press | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)-- The health insurance industry doesn't want Congress to let you off easy if you decide to ignore a proposed requirement that all Amer...