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Ryan Grim

Byrd Rule To Send Health Care Back To House, Rules Parliamentarian | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday morning in finding two flaws in the House-passed health care reconciliation package. Neither is of any sub...

The Most Ridiculous Amendments To The Health Care Reconciliation Bill

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans know that the health care reform process could be derailed if the Senate decides to adopt any changes in reconciling the bill passed by th...

Senate Picks Up The Ball On Health Care Reform

Roll Call | David M. Drucker and Emily Pierce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats on Monday are set to pick up the battle over health care reform where the House left off, but the path forward remains uncertain as R...

Is Reconciliation Undemocratic?

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

There's been some talk "out there" that reconciliation is an undemocratic process, because it doesn't go through the regular legislative channels. That's just wrong.

Senate GOP Launching New Campaign Against Health Care Law

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans are poised to try to reignite the health care debate by launching a coordinated political messaging offensive to target Democrats a...

Rep. Weiner On Health Care: 'This Bill Is A 51 Vote Plan And Not A 60 Vote Plan'

The Hill | Eric Zimmermann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's new healthcare proposal will likely gain only Democratic support, and that's a good thing, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said today. ...

Daschle: Democrats Should Show 'Political Courage' And Pass Senate Health Care Bill

The Hill | Walter Alarkon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats should "do the right thing" and approve the Senate's healthcare bill, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said Monday. ...

GOP, Dems Prepare For Legal Challenges Over Massachusetts Senate Seat

The Weekly Standard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Appointed Senator Paul Kirk will lose his vote in the Senate after Tuesday's election in Massachusetts of a new senator and cannot be the 60th vote fo...

Ryan Grim

Senate Dems Close In On Reform: Details Of Health Care Bill Revealed | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Read the bill (PDF). Senate Democrats have posted the legislation on their web site. --------- Senate Democrats made a big step toward comprehensive...

Ben Nelson Ad To Defend Health Care Vote

Lincoln Journal Star | Don Walton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As a fresh poll measured the political cost of Sen. Ben Nelson's health reform vote, he prepared Tuesday to take his case directly to Nebraskans durin...

Harry Reid: Health Care Bill May Not Be Finished This Year

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In a blow to the White House, the Senate's top Democrat signaled Tuesday that Congress may fail to meet a year-end deadline for pas...

Sen. Conrad: House Must Stick Close To Senate Bill

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee says the House must stick close to the Senate's version of health care reform or risk l...

The Health Insurance and Drug Industry Profit Protection Act Sucks and Should be Killed

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

With the exception of a few provisions most of what's left of health care "reform" isn't perfect; it's not good. It downright sucks.

Sam Stein

Senate Bill Provision Creates Private Industry Rationing: Reform Advocate | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A major health care reform group is criticizing a provision in the Senate health care reform bill that would cap the cost of medical care that consume...

Lyndon Johnson Letter Shows What's Wrong With The Senate Today

The Washington Post | Ezra Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the challenges in arguing about the use of the filibuster is that the filibuster has changed drastically in recent decades, but it's done so qu...

White House Pep Talk To Dems On Health Care:

TIME | Karen Tumulty / Washington Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With health reform's first test vote on the Senate floor less than 72 hours away, a platoon of top strategists -- including pollsters Mark Mellman and...

Senate Health Care Battlefield Found In Massachusetts Race To Replace Kennedy

AP | GLEN JOHNSON and LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON — The race to succeed the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has turned into a proxy battle over the fate of President Barack Obama's health car...

Concerned Obama Pressures Senate To Pass Health Care Bill

New York Times | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House, growing concerned that the Congressional timetable for passing a health care overhaul could slip into next year, is stepping up press...

Democrats Pin 2010 Hopes On Health Care Bill

Wall Street Journal | Jonathan Weisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Slumping in the polls and struggling to pass climate and financial legislation, President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders are counting on an histo...

Senate Democrats Launch Attack On Insurer Anti-Trust Exemption

POLITICO | Patrick O'Conner and Carrie Budoff Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The long-simmering tension between insurers and congressional Democrats is erupting into open warfare, with lawmakers stepping up their push to revoke...

MoveOn.Org Comes Out Against Senate Health Care Billl

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The liberal group is opposing the Senate health care bill and urging Democrats to block it. In a letter to members Frid...

Kill The Bill? Some Progressives Say Nothing Is Better Than Senate Health Care Bill

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate health care bill is so compromised, some progressives argue, that it would be better to try to kill it than fight for its passage. In ligh...

Jeff Muskus

Ben Nelson Threatens To Oppose Health Reform Without Restrictive Abortion Provisions | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Tuesday that he won't vote for health care reform unless the bill contains the same sort of restrictive abortion provisi...

Ron Wyden Wins Big Concession On Health Insurance Exchanges

The Hill | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have taken a long stride toward locking down the...

Sam Stein

Boxer: Senate Has Votes To Block Stupak Amendment | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With Reporting By Ryan Grim One of Congress's foremost champions of abortion rights said on Monday that the Senate did not have the votes to add a mo...