Health Insurance Industry’s $300 Billion Victory Over the Public Option

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 9:27 am

When Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and the entire Republican Senate caucus stepped up to kill the public option in the Senate, it is important to remember that the health insurance industry won a victory—a victory worth $300 billion. As Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) now [...]

Mary Landrieu Magically Cares About Cost Control When It Might Help Millionaires

By: Monday December 28, 2009 12:00 pm

After working very hard to kill many progressive idea about how best to control health care costs, Mary Landrieu has found one she likes. Too bad it is the one that will most benefit millionaires: I can only support a bill if the Cadillac plans are taxed at the level they are in the Senate [...]

Thursday Health Care Highlights

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 4:15 pm

Senators Snowe, Lincoln, and Landrieu are teaming up on an amendment that would effectively gut state regulation of insurance coverage. The first actual votes on amendments to health care reform in the Senate took place today (with more interesting ones to follow). The fact that Snowe and Collins voted with Democrats indicates their votes maybe [...]

Landrieu Invents The Unholy Grail Of Worthless Public Option Gimmicks

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 2:30 pm

It appears Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has created the unholy grail of terrible gimmicks meant to cripple the public option. It is a several-year-delayed, triggered, state-based, non-public co-op limited to the exchange option: Landrieu calls her proposal the “competitive community option,” which sounds remarkably similar to a trigger proposal advocated by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). A [...]

Snowe, Lincoln, And Landrieu Push To Eliminate State Insurance Regulation

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 8:59 am

Politico is reporting that Snowe, Lincoln, and Landrieu have submitted an amendment that would effectively eliminate all state regulations concerning what insurance companies must cover: SA 2859 Snowe/Landrieu/Lincoln – nationwide plans: deletes state opt out language, adds rating requirements to plan requirements If you live in a state with strong minimum benefit insurance regulations (California, [...]

Don’t Confuse Capitulation With Compromise

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 3:28 pm

Ezra Klein writes: This reflects the sense that the right compromise on the public option is a compromised public option. That’s true to an extent, but you can define the public option so far downward — a state-based, opt-in, trigger-dependent, nonprofit option, for instance, is seriously under consideration right now — that you’d be better [...]

Mary Landrieu: “At Some Point, Harry Reid Will Have To Indulge Us Spoiled Children”

By: Saturday November 21, 2009 1:41 pm

Harry Reid’s kabuki won’t work. If the public option can’t get through the Senate, he and Blanche are going to wear it.

It Sounds Like Reid Is Planning To Sell Out The Public Option

By: Saturday November 21, 2009 1:18 pm

It looks like Harry Reid is getting ready to sell out the labor unions, the progressive community, the Democratic base, and the majority of the American people. The vast majority of Americans want a public option as part of health care reform. Reid fully has it within his powers to get a health care bill [...]

Landrieu Slightly Tones Down Her Rhetoric On A Public Option

By: Wednesday November 18, 2009 3:55 pm

Mary Landrieu (D-LA), along with Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, and Joe Lieberman is seen as one of the biggest obstacles in the way of getting a health care bill with a public option through the Senate. Her previous statements about the public option have been very negative. After coming out of a Wednesday meeting with [...]