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Health Care Industry Games Out Next Move On Health Reform

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate victory by Republican Scott Brown caught many health-care companies off guard, with a number of firms reiterating support Wednesday for a s...

The Best Lack All Conviction, While the Worst Are Full of Passionate Intensity

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

What is the "revelation" for the Democrats now? Is there a possibility of a "second coming" for the Party and for health reform?

Jeff Muskus

Pelosi: Votes Aren't There For Senate Health Care Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Don't bet on the House rubber-stamping the weaker Senate health care reform bill, Speaker Nancy Pelos (D-Calif.) said Thursday. "I don't think it's p...

Will the 'Don't-Blame-Me' Dems Take Responsibility and Fix Health Reform?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Aren't people who have participated in a failure supposed to look at their part in the problem, then step up and take responsibility for it? Watching the Democrats, those thoughts feel like relics from an archaic age.

Jeff Muskus

Hoyer: Dems Could Pass Health Care Before Brown Takes Office

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Should Republican Scott Brown win Tuesday's Senate race in Massachusetts and break the Democrats' supermajority in the Senate, Congressional Dems coul...

Did Massachusetts Just Reject Rahm, Baucus, and Geithner?

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kieschnick

How is it that populist fervor moved independents in Massachusetts to be excited about a senator who will inevitably side with insurance moguls, hedge fund operators, anti-choice zealots, tea partiers, and drug companies?

What Would Dr. King Have Thought of Health Reform?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

On this Martin Luther King Day, the struggle to provide decent health care to all Americans isn't over. There's still time to fight for the most just, wise, and equitable bill possible.

Getting Real: Ten Myths Behind Progressive Support for the Senate Health Bill

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Some of the current bill's provisions are going to hurt the Democrats and will probably cost them seats unless they're removed. How can a smaller group of Democrats do what a bigger group could not?

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...

Jeff Muskus

Public Option Fight Splits Stimulus Gang: Lieberman, Collins, Specter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A small band of Senate moderates who were essential to passing the stimulus package are trying to reunite on health care reform, but the public option...

Fate of Healthcare Reform Is in Joe Lieberman's Hands

M.S. Bellows, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
M.S. Bellows, Jr.

Progressive observers may be forgetting that the 60 votes in the Senate necessary to invoke cloture, in most people's calculations, includes Joe Lieberman (I-Hartford Insurance).

Health Insurers Could Bypass Some Key Reforms

Washington Post | David S. Hilzenrath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Legislators are designing this new insurance marketplace to protect consumers from many of the pitfalls and inequities in the current system. But even...

Jeff Muskus

Conservative Dems, GOP Senators Lobby To Delay Health Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republican and conservative Democrat lawmakers revived a push Wednesday for the kind of delay to health care reform that a GOP senator admitted was pa...

AHIP and Insurance Companies Funding Chamber of Commerce Attack Ads

Jason Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Rosenbaum

The insurance companies not only lied about their support for reform (as we've known all along), but lacked the courage of their convictions to put their money into their opposition publicly.

Do Catholic Bishops Run the United States Government?

Jodi Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodi Jacobson

On Saturday, with the aide of some 60 Democrats, women's rights were effectively negated by the US Congress as the House passed the Stupak amendment ...

My New Year's Predictions for Health Reform

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

A rough rule of thumb to follow is that the Senate bill will likely dominate the discussions, with a few bones thrown to the House version.

Calling Out the House Progressive Caucus: Are You Men and Women, or Are You Mice?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If you break your pledge and vote for a health reform bill without this minimally robust version of the public option, you've ensured that even with a Democratic majority, all "reform" will be limited by your Blue Dog colleagues.

The Killers Among Us (And Other Weak Arguments for the Senate Health Bill)

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Have you heard? Progressives who oppose the Senate health bill are the moral equivalent of mass murderers. That argument is actually being made - along with the charge, ironically enough, that they're being too emotional.

Peaceful Revolution: Kids in Health Care Reform -- Beyond Fat Babies and Underweight Toddlers

Jocelyn Guyer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jocelyn Guyer

Children have an from successful passage of a strong health reform bill -- their health, well-being, and the financial security of their families rest upon it.

The Health Bill, The Price of Everything, and What to Do Next

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The new bill has more breaks for business, but harsher punishment for the uninsured, it eliminates the public option, it pays doctors less -- and it costs the Federal government $23 billion more.

Why Majority Support Does Not Guarantee Health Reform (and Why This Isn't All Bad)

Elizabeth Rigby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Rigby

A full defense of the public option requires moving beyond the basic arguments for reform. It requires reform proponents to take seriously the fears of opponents, even if they make up only a minority of the American public.

A Personal Appeal: The Middle-Class Health Tax Must Be Stopped

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The so-called (and misnamed) "Cadillac tax" is unfair and unwise. It's also a political landmine for its supporters, and a political goldmine for those who oppose all health reform.

Jeff Muskus

Pelosi Backs Extension Of Parental Health Benefits For Kids To Age 27

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new provision being rolled into the unified House health care bill would allow young adults to stay on their parents' health care plans until they t...

Family Helped By 'Extreme Makeover' Now Faces Foreclosure

HuffPost | Julian Hattem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

As part of its Bearing Witness 2.0 project, the Huffington Post is rounding up a few of the best local stories of the day. A family who received a ne...

Jeff Muskus

Strong Public Option "Very Close," Pelosi Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House leadership is still hedging its bets on what version of the public option will make it into the unified House health reform bill, but Speaker Na...