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Single-Payer Protest Interrupts Senate Health Care Bill Markup

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Debate over the Senate Finance Committee health care bill was briefly interrupted on Tuesday by a protest in support of the one thing absolutely not u...

WaPo: GOP Submits Bizarre Amendments

Washington Post | Dana Milbank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's getting late in the Senate Finance Committee's writing of a health-care bill, but not too late for Republicans on Wednesday to make one more vali...

The Death of the Public Option?

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

Baucus' rationale -- getting a bill that can garner 60 votes -- seems a self-fulfilling prophecy, at this point, that bodes ill for the public option.

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?

Senate Finance Committee To Vote On Health Care Next Week

The Hill | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate Finance Committee will not vote on its healthcare reform bill until next week, Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Wednesday evening....

Open Letter to Sen. Blanche Lincoln

Dylan Loewe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Loewe

During your 2010 campaign, you are going to be accused of voting for a socialist government takeover of health care, regardless of whether or not you support the public option. That frees you to vote your conscience.

Public Option Stays Very Much Alive

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

While traditional media outlets everywhere are reporting that today's vote is a massive defeat for the public option, I don't see it that way -- in fact quite the opposite.

Public Option Debate Poised To Explode In Senate

Politics Daily | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The debate over whether to create a public insurance plan to compete with private plans is about to explode in the Senate Finance Committee. The stake...

Simon Johnson: Financial Reform Efforts Entering Crucial Period | Simon Johnson and James Kwak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The next couple of months will be crucial in determining the shape of the financial system for decades to come. And so far, the signs are not encourag...

Growing Momentum for Public Option

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

With just 2 votes short of passage Tuesday, the odds are now very high that some form of public health insurance option will be included on the final reform bill.

Senate Dems Look To Obama To Move Health Care Votes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For many months, advocates of health care reform have implored President Obama to outline in greater detail the provisions he's prepared to push and d...

Public Option Vote Could Pit Democrat vs. Democrat

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Scroll down to the bottom for updates from the hearing. Follow live coverage of the hearing here. WASHINGTON � It'll be Democrat vs. Democrat as la...

Ryan Grim

Public Option Amendments Fail In Senate Finance Committee | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A coalition of Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee joined together Tuesday to defeat a public health insurance option. Five Dem...

Baucus Basher: New Ad Targets Finance Committee Chairman

HuffingtonPost | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two progressive organizations would like to introduce you to Bing Perrine -- an uninsured father from Montana who's got something to say to Sen. Max B...

Please, Senate Finance Democrats: Stop Hiding Behind Republicans

Anna Burger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anna Burger

In just a few hours, the Senate Finance Committee has an opportunity to include in their bill a strong public health insurance option. Only one thing stands in their way: themselves.

Health Care Reform Needs More Innovating and Less Politicking

Zack Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zack Cooper

Three misconceptions have driven the health care debate off course and have given rise to some of the problems in the Baucus proposal. These misconceptions need to be corrected so we can get back on track.

The Public Option Fight Gets Engaged in Public for the First Time Next Week

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

With polling numbers on the public option, and an activist base on fire on this issue, it is going to be more and more difficult for Democrats to vote against it when they have to vote in the light of day.

Sam Stein

New Progressive Memo Sent Around Hill Warns Against Finance Committee Health Care | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a late-game push to pass the public option, progressive groups are trying to convince Democrats that it would be political suicide to pass a bill r...

Kyl: "I Don't Need Maternity Care" So Employers Shouldn't Be Required To Provide It (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the Senate Finance Committee moved into its fourth day of deliberations over the health care bill, tensions continued to rise. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-A...

Rockefeller: "The Insurance Industry... Is Running Certain People In This Markup" (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Reacting to an amendment proposed by Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) during the Senate Finance Committee's markup of health care reform legislation on Thurs...

Tom Carper Publicly Defends Secret PhRMA Deal

FIreDogLake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a stunning moment during the Senate Finance Committee markup Sen. Tom Carper defended a secret deal that the White House, Baucus, and PhRMA had rea...

Erasing the Doughnut Hole for All Seniors -- A Senate Revolt Against Big Pharma Brewing!

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail McGowan Mellor

An amendment offered by Senator Ben Nelson [D-FL] would reportedly lower the health care reform bill's cost by an additional $86 billion without reducing services.

The Republican Approach to Abortion and Health Care -- Fair or Unfair?

Steven Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steven Waldman

In his "chairman's mark" on health care reform, Max Baucus had rejected the pure pro-choice position but still included provisions that pro-lifers viewed as supporting abortion.

Senator Ron Wyden: The Public Option Doesn't Go Far Enough

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Senator Wyden discussed his "Free Choice Proposal" in detail with me, just two days after he met with President Obama to discuss the latest developments in the health care reform battle. Here's what he said.

And the Beat (and Fight) Goes On

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

The collective weight of the traditional media's conventional wisdom and signals by political insiders have made public option advocates a little discouraged. But I see new life and in their efforts.