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Ryan Grim

Baucus Bill Sticks To Pharma Deal That Supposedly Wasn't Struck | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The bill unveiled by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has been blasted as a major giveaway to insurance companies. But the even bigger win...

The Gang of Six: An Epic of Futility

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The Baucus Caucus came to town one morning in the early spring, / They said, "You want a health-care bill? Don't sweat -- we'll handle ev'rything!"

The 3 Major Flaws In The Baucus Health Bill

New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So Senator Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has released his "mark" on proposed legislation -- which would normally be the ba...

Maria Cantwell: I Won't Vote For Baucus Bill Without Changes

Miami Herald | Les Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Maria Cantwell said unless significant changes were made she would be unable to support a major health care reform bill unveiled Wednesday by the...

Poll: Majority Dismiss Right Wing Healthcare Attacks As "Scare Tactics"

The Plum Line | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Wow, this is cause for cautious optimism: Buried in a new Bloomberg poll is evidence that solid majorities dismiss all the leading right wing health c...

Daily Pulse: Has Baucus Pulled Snowe's Trigger?

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

To progressives, adopting the "wait and see" approach is like giving Bernie Madoff another five years to run his Ponzi scheme, just to make absolutely sure he's a crook.

Daily Pulse: It Could Happen to You

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lindsay Beyerstein

Opponents of health care reform are trying to pit the insured against everyone else.

Baucus Health Care Plan: Bye-Bye Public Option

Jill Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jill Schlesinger

The wait is over: Chairman Max Baucus unveiled the Senate version, "America's Healthy Future Act of 2009," which sounds eerily like a breakfast cereal.

The Only Good News About Senate Finance Bill? It Won't Pass

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Here's why the Senate Finance markup that will come out next week is nowhere close to what will be in the final legislation.

Ryan Grim

Baucus Bill: Rockefeller Says Dem Senators Are Not Pleased | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The health care bill that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) unveiled Wednesday without GOP support has no room for legislative error. Democratic Sen. Jay Rock...

Obama Brings Passion to Health Care Reform

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

Speaking Tuesday, Obama's tone brought the passion, commitment, and force of the campaign trail to health care legislation. This is the speech the public has been waiting for.

Reid Confident On Eve Of Health Bill's Debut

The Hill | J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A day before delivery of the Senate's long-awaited healthcare bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday struck a cautiously optimistic tone...

Obama: I Will "Do Everything I Can" To Stop Banks From Killing Safety Agency

Bloomberg | Rich Miller and Julianna Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama said job losses are "bottoming out" and the U.S. economy looks to be growing again even as he warned against cutting off govern...

Sen. Rockefeller Won't Vote For Baucus Health Bill

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller slammed Senator Max Baucus' health care bill, saying his vote would not be forthco...

Baucus Makes A Grab For Climate Bill

Politico | Lisa Lerer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For liberal Democrats unhappy with the way Max Baucus is handling health care reform, here's another dose of bad news: He's got his hands on climate a...

The Baucus Plan: By Lobbyists, For Lobbyists

Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs expressed some annoyance yesterday that lobbyists were clued in to the health care plan proposed by Sen. Max Baucus...

Daily Pulse: Baucus Coughs Up a Bill

Lindsay Beyerstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lindsay Beyerstein

The president lit a fire under Max Baucus (D-Mont) and the Senate Finance Committee by unexpectedly announcing last week that he'd be laying out his own vision for health care reform this Wednesday.

The Most Nightmarish Health Care Reform Bill Ever

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Max Baucus tasked a former executive of a company that was penalized for rescinding the insurance policies of sick people with writing the most powerful health care reform proposal to be crapped out of the Senate.

Why Obama Won August: Ambinder

The Atlantic | Marc Ambinder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At the beginning of the month, I predicted that August might turn out be a bloodbath for Democrats. At the time, the Democratic self-containment on he...

Harry Reid To Seize Wheel On Healthcare Debate

The Hill | Alexander Bolton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will take control of the healthcare debate in his chamber when Congress returns, attempting to move along l...

President Obama will Pay Lip Service to the Public Option in his Congress Speech, and Scrap it Later

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The mixed signal from Obama and the flat rejection by Baucus is simply the latest in the long line of neon bright warnings that the public option will go when it's crunch time.

Max Baucus' Plan: What Do We Want? Less Quality! When Do We Want It? Now!

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

Paying for health care reform is all a matter of priorities -- help millions of uninsured people get the critical care they need, or give Paris Hilton a tax cut.

New York Times Challenging Itself to Get Worse at Being a Newspaper

John Knefel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Knefel

The problem with the public's perception of a public option is that many are completely misinformed by the media, who when it isn't actively distorting the debate, is playing the role of lazy stenographer.

Chuck Grassley Fundraises Against Health Care Reform

Washington Post | Ezra Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chuck Grassley is facing a potentially difficult primary challenge in 2010. As such, he's been working hard to cover his right flank. That would all b...

Senate Delays Climate Change Bill

Roll Call | Emily Pierce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate debate on climate change will be delayed until later this fall, given that two key players have said they will not even introduce their bil...