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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...

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...

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...

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...

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" ...

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...

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.

Mary Landrieu Wooed To Back Health Care With $100 Million For Her State

Bloomberg | James Rowley and Kristin Jensen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, one of three lawmakers being wooed by Democratic leaders to back health-care legislation, won the inclusion of an ext...

No Men: The Most Ornery, Obstructionist Senators

The Daily Beast | Benjamin Sarlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Sen. Joe Lieberman issued fresh threats to filibuster any health-care reform proposal including a public option, he did more than just blunt the ...

Health Care Bill Contains Specific Benefits For Montana Asbestos Victims

The New York Times | Robert Pear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Buried in the deal-clinching health care package that Senate Democrats unveiled over the weekend is an inconspicuous proposal expanding Medicare to co...

Baucus: All Senate Dems Will Support health bill

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When it comes time to vote, every Democrat in the Senate – and perhaps more than one Republican – will support legislat...