Extending COBRA Should Be a Political No-Brainer

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 10:52 am

Senators are doing the right thing by pushing an $8 billion addition to fund several more months of COBRA subsidies for workers laid off after June 1. We wonder, then, why House Dems, who say they care deeply about health care, didn’t sign on.

Reid Press Conference Today on Immigration: Double Messaging Time

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 11:19 am

Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer are holding a press conference at 5:45 today to unveil their immigration plan, which will probably look a lot like the one that has been circulating (PDF) — heavy on enforcement to escalate the war on drugs, more money and power for ICE agents, biometric ID’s, lots of Department of [...]

Will Blue Dogs Risk Their Seats To Pass Healthcare?

By: Tuesday December 29, 2009 7:32 am

For more background, see Jon Walker’s “Best Way To “Fix It Later” Is With No Individual Mandate Now.” If they want to punt on the public option, they should punt on the mandate too.

You Mean “We’ll Fix It In Conference” Was Just BS? No!

By: Tuesday December 8, 2009 11:56 am

Circumventing conference can’t happen without the help of progressive members of the House. There are 83 members of the Progressive Caucus I believe.

It will present a whole host of interesting organizing opportunities that we haven’t seen before when rage in these communities allows us to put up reform challengers who will siphon off the strongest activist support over a health. Since those districts have no chance of ever going Republican, it would shake up the entire dynamic and pose the first real threat that many of these members have ever had.

The Future of the Public Option

By: Sunday November 22, 2009 10:44 am

[T]he “progressive block” was always just part of a larger and much more dynamic strategy, a firewall staked in the end zone at the beginning of the campaign (a perilous mix of metaphors, but I can’t think of a better way to say it). We’ve been working backwards from there, targeting Harry Reid and making it difficult for him to unload the public option without risking his own political future. And we’re not done, not by a long shot. We’ve been working diligently behind the scenes on things that nobody knows about yet, in anticipation of what is to come.

Rahm Drives Democrats Over Cliff on Immigration

By: Saturday November 21, 2009 9:28 am

The Blue Dogs have been bellyaching about having to take a “tough vote” on immigration reform in advance of the 2010 election. Looks like they have a friend in the White House.

Why Are You Even A Democrat?

By: Monday November 9, 2009 6:56 am

My one question for the 37 House Democrats who voted against health care reform because it is too liberal, why are you even Democrats? (Kucinich and Massa claim to have voted “no” because they thought the bill was too conservative.) I’m not big on party purity tests, but there are something that are so essential [...]

Blue Dogs Win Huge Victory For The Health Insurance Industry

By: Thursday October 29, 2009 4:00 am

In a huge victory for the health insurance industry, hospitals, and PhRMA, the Blue Dogs managed to stop the robust public option tied to modified Medicare rates. The Blue Dog Coalition, who must call themselves “fiscal conservatives” purely as part of some elaborate ironic joke, fought tooth and nail to kill the robust public option, [...]

Liberals Help Rahm and Blue Dogs Off the Hook With “Opt-Out”

By: Friday October 9, 2009 7:29 am

Democrats once again are negotiating with themselves.  And who pays the price for this convenient piece of political calculus if they turn out to be wrong and insurance industry money is successful in getting red states like yours to opt out of a public option?  Well, Rikyrah over at Jack & Jill Politics gives us a pretty good idea.

24 Blue Dogs Have Said They Support a Public Option

By: Monday September 28, 2009 9:38 am

The fact that a Blue Dog has supported a public option in the past does not mean that they will support one now — their principles tend to be lobbyist-flexible. But Nate Silver’s number crunching indicates that most of those who have done so in the past probably have majority support for a public option in their districts, so come 2010, they will have some explaining to do about why they flip-flopped. That’s particularly true for those in California like Cardoza, Thompson and Schiff, who have significant Democratic majorities in their districts.