Health Care Reform Reminder: Dems Could Still Pass Public Option Through Reconciliation

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 5:45 am

When health care reform was passed, we were told by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) it was only a “starter home” that would be improved later. We were also offered vague promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that we would get a vote on a public option in the months [...]

Do House Democrats Need to First Pass Senate Health Care Bill? Former Parliamentarian Says “No”

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 10:09 am

Senate Democrats like Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) are strongly pushing the meme that Senate rules require House Democrats to first pass the Senate health care bill unchanged, then a reconciliation measure of “fixes,” and only then can Senate Democrats do anything.That clearly does not sit well with House Democrats, who are growing [...]

How the Public Option Would Likely Get a Vote During Reconciliation

By: Monday March 1, 2010 10:53 am

If (and that is a big if) Democrats move forward with health care reform using reconciliation, it is likely that there will eventual be an up-or-down vote on the public option. All it takes is one senator to offer a properly designed amendment – perhaps one of the 30 Senate Democrats who are on record saying they support an up-or-down vote on the public option. Maybe the American people will finally get to see who stands with the American people and which senators are working to protect the profits of the private insurance companies.

Durbin Asks Supporters to Help End Filibuster While Giving Up on Attempt to Break One

By: Friday February 26, 2010 10:28 am

Talk about bad timing. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin launched a campaign today to end the filibuster and restore the ability for a simple majority of senators to pass legislation. His efforts include an email to supporters directing them to sign a petition at to stop the abuse of rules that prevent majority rule. [...]

Plan or Myth: Reid Has Power to Make Public Option Real

By: Monday October 19, 2009 1:25 pm

On Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s website, under health care reform, there is a debunking common myths section. The very first myth debunked is that:  Myth: The Public Plan Is No Longer An Option Senator Reid supports the creation of a public option that would keep the insurance companies honest and provide care that puts [...]

Netroots Nation Panel on the Public Plan

By: Tuesday August 18, 2009 10:21 am

If you didn’t get a chance to see it, there was a panel at Netroots Nation where I discussed the netroots battle for the public plan with Chris Bowers of Open Left, Kagro X of Congress Matters, McJoan of Daily Kos and Darcy Burner.