Poll: Health Care Bill Wildly Unpopular in Swing Districts? No Kidding

By: Friday October 29, 2010 8:53 am

I’m really looking forward to looking at how well the polls predicted the impact of the health care bill in these districts after the election, and compare SurveyUSA’s methodology with the outcome in each. I hope those who willingly did the hatchet work of the DCCC will do likewise.

Axelrod Stabs Rahm, Runs from Wreckage of Health Care Bill

By: Monday September 27, 2010 8:41 am

Noam Scheiber writes a lengthy portrait of David Axelrod in the latest issue of the New Republic.  Axelrod is apparently not having fun, bemoaning Washington DC as place where “too many people spend too much time kneecapping each other to certify their own importance.” Axelrod likes to aim a little higher apparently, because he then [...]

The Half-Empty Glass: Connecticut Insurance Rates Soar to Pay For Health Care Bill Provisions

By: Monday September 20, 2010 10:55 am

I still can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that Obama thought it was a good idea, in midst of 9.6% unemployment, and on the day after the census bureau announces that 1 in 7 Americans are living in poverty, to show up at the gated Connecticut mansion of a guy named Rich Richman [...]

The Health Care Bill Nobody Wants to Talk About

By: Tuesday August 31, 2010 9:56 am

As Jay Cost of Real Clear Politics notes, it’s pretty obvious that the Democrats’ electoral woes are directly tied to the passage of the health care bill.  But somehow horserace analysts like Jonathan Alter, Jim Vanderhei and Mike Allen don’t want to talk about that. Well, we’ve been talking about it for months now. Nate [...]

Goldman Takes a Page from AHIP to Game Regulation Reform

By: Wednesday April 21, 2010 8:41 am

Tim Carney says Goldman is using the GOP and the Democrats for a one-two punch to game regulation reform, just like the drug companies and AHIP did on the health care bill: At least three times in Goldman’s conference call Tuesday, spokesmen trumpeted the firm’s support for more federal control. Vague public calls for “reasonable [...]

Baucus Thanks Wellpoint VP Liz Fowler for Writing Health Care Bill

By: Monday March 29, 2010 9:08 am

Not a surprise really that upon passage of the health care bill, Max Baucus would openly thank Liz Fowler, the former Wellpoint VP, for writing it: Mr. BAUCUS. Mr. President, there are a flood of emotions going through all of us today as we pass this reconciliation bill which improves upon the bill the President [...]

Obama Hosts Anti-Abortion Signing Ceremony

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 7:59 am

The President is hosting a signing ceremony for his Executive Order on abortion today. Greg Sargent wrote a fascinating post about the incredible lengths the White House went to in order to woo the anti-abortion Democrats to support the health care bill, with endless personal entreaties, meetings and accommodations. The pro-choice Democrats, on the other [...]

Pelosi: Health Care Bill a Conservative Bill (Time to Go Back Under the Bus, Veal Pen)

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 4:58 pm

Just before the House passed the health care bil, Nancy Pelosi sent out a letter.    In it, she said that “An op-ed by E.J. Dionne on Friday reveals that the current health reform legislation pending before Congress was “built on a series of principles that Republicans espoused for years.”  She bolded Dionne’s headline: Why Democrats Are [...]

Liveblog – House Floor Debate on Health Care Bill

By: Sunday March 21, 2010 10:53 am

Welcome to the liveblog on the House of Representative’s health insurance reform vote live on C-Span).   Whether you support the bill or opposite it, whether the bill passes or doesn’t this is a historic vote. If a potential deal is struck with the Stupak bloc and the “pro-choice” caucus does not bolt, there would [...]

Paths of Glory, Act II: The Health Care Bill

By: Saturday March 13, 2010 6:17 pm

I went to dinner Saturday night at a popular DC political watering hole. I’d never been there before. The atmosphere was so heavy and the mood of the room so strange it was hard to concentrate. “It’s Paths of Glory, and these are the trenches,” said my dinner companion. I had no idea what that [...]