Shocking News: Americans Care About Results, Not Process or Senate Rules

By: Friday February 26, 2010 3:28 pm

While to most people in greater America this would seem like common sense, it is amazing how many people inside the Beltway will find this news mind-boggling. A new poll shows that the majority of Americans in many states don’t object to Democrats using reconciliation to pass health care reform if they think the bill [...]

Democrats Work On Reconciliation Sidecar, But Can They Sell It?

By: Wednesday February 3, 2010 10:30 am

The Democratic Party seems to be settling around the reconciliation sidecar strategy as their only path forward. It would require the Senate to pass a set of fixes to the original Senate health care bill and then the House to pass the original bill and the reconciliation measure of “fixes” at the same time. Nancy [...]

Pelosi And Reid Team Up For Potential Party Suicide Pact

By: Saturday January 23, 2010 10:06 am

It appears that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are both currently on board with the reconciliation sidecar strategy to fix the Senate bill. This could be a good thing. It would allow them to fix many of the bill’s problems while re-inserting extremely popular provisions like the public option and the Medicare buy-in. Unfortunately they [...]

The “Reconciliation Only” Option: Just Give Medicaid to Those Who Can’t Afford Insurance

By: Friday January 22, 2010 11:25 am

If the House Democrats can’t find the votes for the Senate bill, and the Senate Democrats are too collectively ego-driven to support a reconciliation sidecar, then the only remaining strategy I can see for a significant increase in insurance coverage is to use reconciliation to just give most Americans who can’t afford health insurance access [...]

35 Ways To Fix The Bad Senate Health Bill

By: Monday December 21, 2009 12:25 pm

This Senate bill is bad and there are many ways to improve it. Right now, it is not real reform–it is only a corporate giveaway that might trickle down to help a few Americans. The ideas listed here are a guide to transform this legislation into real reform. Add a robust public option open to [...]

Removing The Individual Mandate Would Reduce The CBO Score

By: Monday December 21, 2009 7:04 am

I’ve spent all year immersed in health care policy. It is unfortunate to see some of my arguments criticized based on a complete lack of understanding of the subject matter. Nate Silver attacked my suggestion of removing the individual mandate because he claimed it would increase the CBO score: Why? Because such a bill, with [...]

The Great Big Myth That Reconciliation Would Not Work For Health Care Reform

By: Wednesday December 16, 2009 9:55 am

One the the greatest myths you will hear from senators is that reconciliation will not work for health care reform. This myth is pure nonsense, just like the myth that they need 60 votes (something that could be changed any time by 50 senators and the vice president, but that is another story). The argument [...]

Lieberman And Nelson Shot Down The Newest “Compromise” On The Public Option

By: Sunday December 13, 2009 10:32 am

It did not take long for the newest “deal” on the public option to fall apart. On Face The Nation, Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson have both shot down the Medicare buy in proposal which was the key component to the newest “deal” Harry Reid claimed to reach. Of course some Democrats are trying to [...]

I Can Believe It’s Not Medicare: Get Ready For Fake Medicare Buy-In

By: Friday December 11, 2009 7:01 am

Allowing younger people to buy into Medicare sounds like a good idea. Medicare is a well-run and cost-effective program. The problem is that the latest reports indicate this “Medicare buy-in” idea might not really be Medicare at all, it might in fact be fake Medicare: Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said efforts [...]

Not So Fast Howard Dean: “Medicare Buy In” Might Not End Up What You Think

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 10:15 am

Howard Dean is going around telling several media outlets that he is very excited about the early Medicare buy-in idea for people between the ages of 55-64. If (and that is a huge “if”) the program is designed correctly, it would be  avery good idea and a “big step forward.” The problem is the “Medicare [...]