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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...

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...

David Sirota: Senate Health Care Bill Is A 'Handout To The Health Industry'

USA Today | David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate health care bill betrays the promise of fundamental "change" Democrats made during the 2008 election. It cloaks a handout to the health ind...

Health Care Provision Would Cover Christian Science Prayer Treatments

The Los Angeles Times | Tom Hamburger and Kim Geiger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reporting from Washington - Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill woul...

Joe Biden:

New York Times | JOE BIDEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

IF I were still a United States senator, I would not only vote yes on the current health care reform bill, I would do so with the sure knowledge that ...

Rockefeller On Obama Meeting: 'Frustration And Angst'

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The liberals' longtime dream of a government-run health care system for all died Wednesday in the Senate, but Sen. Bernie Sanders o...

Jeff Muskus

Reid: Senate Health Care Deal 'Better Than The Public Option' | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The public option may be dead, but Democrats have a stronger proposal on the table, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said at a press confere...

Senate Health Care Bill: What's Next

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Moderate Senate Democrats threatened Sunday to scuttle health-care legislation if their demands aren't met, while more liberal memb...

Harry Reid: 'I'm Not Using Reconciliation'

Politico | Carrie Budoff Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the first key test vote on his $848 billion health care bill will be taken Saturday, but he declined to say whe...

Obama Tells House Democrats He Supports Senate Tax On Cadillac Health Care Plans

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama signaled to House Democratic leaders Wednesday that they'll have to drop their opposition to taxing high-end...

Sam Stein

Graham: House Health Care Bill Would Die In Senate (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared on Sunday that the health care legislation passed by the House of Representatives would be "dead on arrival" ...

Senate Votes Yes On First Health Care Vote

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Landmark health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama has passed its sternest Senate test, overcoming Republican delayi...

Sam Stein

Coburn: 'We Are Trying To Kill This Bill' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okl.) acknowledged the obvious on Friday, stating that the goal of his parliamentary shenanigans and the Republican Party as a whol...

Ryan Grim

Lieberman Wins: Medicare Compromise On Chopping Block | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Joe Lieberman has forced his will on the Senate Democratic caucus and the nation as a whole. After the party reached a compromise last week to effecti...

Getting The Job Done Right: Strengthening The Senate Bill To Fully Protect Competition

David Balto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Balto

Today, the market for health care is structured such that conflicts of interest, a lack of choice and a lack of transparency significantly hinder meaningful competition. With health care reform, we can change that.