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Sam Stein

Grassley Comment Raises Fresh Doubts About Bipartisanship | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Chuck Grassley's endorsement Wednesday of an unfounded, extremist argument that Democratic health care legislation could empower the government t...

End-of-Life Care Might Be Left Out Of Senate Health Bill

Wall Street Journal | JANET ADAMY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The cost of caring for patients who are near death accounts for a big piece of the government's medical spending. But a furor over a provision for gov...

Drug And Hospital Lobbyists Made Deals With White House, Senate Finance Committee In Tandem

New York Times | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON In pursuing his proposed overhaul of the health care system, President Obama has consistently presented himself as aloof from the legislati...

Who Are These People Anyway? The Gang of Six and the Politics of Health Care Reform

Jerome Karabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

With the outcome of perhaps the most significant domestic legislation since Social Security hanging in the balance, the question arises: who are these six senators and whom do they represent?

Small States with Big Power

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Is it fair that the key gang of six negotiating health care in the Senate Finance Committee represent less than 3% of the nation's population?

Tea Party Organizers Admit: No Reform Is Goal

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On a private conference call, a group of top Tea Party and conservative organizers offered a surprisingly frank description of their goal, according t...

Emerging Senate Health Bill Could Cause Job Discrimination Against Low-Income and Minority Workers

Bob Greenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

A piece of the health care bill that the Finance Committee's bipartisan negotiators are developing would discourage employers from hiring low-income and minority workers, women, and workers with disabilities.

Obama To Meet With Finance Committee "Gang Of Six"

Washington Post | Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Three Democrats and three Republicans from the Senate Finance Committee will brief Obama on Thursday about the progress of their sometimes arduous tal...

Top Finance Committee Members Rake In Health Care PAC Money

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

The duo of Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley, raised $219,000 from health and insurance political action committees (PACs) from April to June of this year.

Baucus Hopes For Backing Of "Desperate" White House On Health Care: The Hill

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate Finance Committee is aiming to do something that rarely works in Congress: pass high-profile legislation that is embraced by centrists but ...

Relying on the Sausage Factory: The Best Way to Enact Health Care?

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

I know to be effective helping the president pass national health care at long last -- which I strongly support -- it would help a little if I understood a little more.

Subsidizing Our Way To Affordable Health Insurance: A Futile And Unaffordable Quest

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

What is likely to emerge from Congress on health care reform this year, if anything, will not be real reform and will only add to our problems.

Warfare Over Health Care

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Senators are wrestling with saving a penny here and a penny there when they're aimed at bolstering people's health, but they believe the sky is the limit so long as the money is being funneled into foreign occupations.

Mike Enzi: No Chance Of Senate Bill Before Recess

AP | ANN SANNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A key Republican senator involved in bipartisan talks on health care says there's no way a breakthrough will happen before lawmaker...

Who Wins the Battle During August Recess Will Determine the Fate of Health Care Reform

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

If the grassroots progressives out-organize the insurance/right wing astroturfers and if Reid and Pelosi put every bit of muscle into winning the fight for real reform, it can still happen.

"Say on Pay" Draws Heavy GOP Opposition

The Big Money | Mark Gimein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Imagine you are a shareholder in a company that, year in and year out, gives its chief executive 10-figure pay packages. You're unhappy about this, an...

Dems Threaten Baucus: We Could Take Away Your Gavel

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an apparent warning to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), some liberal Democrats have suggested a secret-ballot vote every two...


Washington Post | Harold Meyerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Congress, it's now clear, is crafting two quite different kinds of health-care reform. And the day that President Obama has to choose between them gro...

How to Contact Congress and Save Health Care in Two Easy Steps

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Can liberals outdo conservatives in contacting Congress? I sense that we progressives are not nearly as conditioned to call their representatives as conservatives are.

The "Bipartisan Compromise" Scam

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Saying you're going to do health care reform without a public option is kind of like saying you're going to fight Al Qaeda in Afghanistan by invading Iraq. It misses the point -- on purpose.

Reid Defends Baucus, Promises Health Care Bill By Recess

Politico | ALEX ISENSTADT | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed today that the Senate Finance Committee would wrap up its work on the health care reform bill before the end o...

Senate Group Dropping Dem Health Goals

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — After weeks of secretive talks, a bipartisan group in the Senate edged closer Monday to a health care compromise that omits two key...

Tax On 'Gold-Plated' Health Care Plans Gains Ground | MIKE ALLEN | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House officials are embracing a plan to tax "gold-plated, Cadillac" insurance policies, giving momentum to an idea that is receiving bipartisan ...

Jeff Muskus

Finance Committee Making "Headway" But Rejects Deadlines | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Key negotiators in the Senate Finance Committee refused to set a date for their version of health care reform after their Tuesday meeting, but said th...

Jeff Muskus

Obama Calls Into Health Care Negotiations | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The phone rang toward the end of Max Baucus' meeting Tuesday night: It was President Obama. Obama has been pushing for a health care bill before Cong...