CO-OP Advisory Board Holds First Public Meeting: Success Seems Unlikely

By: Friday January 14, 2011 5:03 pm

While co-ops were once proposed as a possible alternative to the public option, the idea failed to gain public traction outside of the offices of Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR). Yet, like some sort of legislative vestigial organ, the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) was never removed from the final [...]

Mike Ross Being Super Unhelpful (Again)

By: Friday October 16, 2009 9:05 am

The Hill is reporting that Mike Ross is “suggesting” opening Medicare to all: Ross (D-Ark.), who had emerged as a leader among centrist Blue Dog Democrats opposing the public health insurance option, has suggested something his colleagues consider even more drastic – opening Medicare to those under 65 without insurance. Sounds like a dramatic about [...]

A Brief History of the Blue Dogs and the Public Option

By: Monday September 28, 2009 7:07 am

“Fiscal responsibility” is the last thing the Blue Dogs are interested in. Their prescription drug and Medicare positions alone add $148 billion to the cost of the bill without adding any value, and their insistence on “paygo” means those cost gets passed on directly to consumers in the form of higher premiums.

Blue Dog Co-Chair: Opposing a Public Option Not a Top Priority

By: Thursday September 24, 2009 4:55 pm

Ryan Grim over at the Huffington Post has an update on the Blue Dogs’ whip count. The Blue Dogs have been surveying their membership over the last several days; coalition co-chair Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) has been collecting the responses. She listed the four top priorities that have emerged: Keeping the cost under $900 billion, [...]

Pelosi Makes the Public Option Robust Once More

By: Tuesday September 22, 2009 3:55 pm

Back before the August recess a deal was struck with a group of Blue Dogs, lead by Rep. Mike Ross, in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The agreement was to make the public option weaker by not allowing it to pay modified Medicare rates. This deal dramatically reduced the cost savings that would come [...]

Mike Ross’s Lucrative Deal With Large Pharmacy Chain Raises Cash, Eyebrows

By: Tuesday September 22, 2009 8:45 am

The Politico is reporting that Mike Ross sold his pharmacy business in 2007, while a member of Congress. USA Drug, a large pharmacy chain with an important stake in health care reform, overpaid for the property by roughly $160,000.

Mike Ross’s District Supports a Public Option, Mike Ross Does Not

By: Monday September 21, 2009 11:55 am

Recently, Mike Ross sent a letter to his constituents saying, “I remain opposed to a government-run public option,” and called the idea “controversial.” Daily Kos just published a new poll by Research 2000 showing that a plurality of Ross’ district support the public option. Forty-seven percent of those polled favor creating a “government-administered health insurance [...]

Mike Ross Likes the Baucus Bill, Loves Co-ops

By: Monday September 21, 2009 9:30 am

Mike Ross (D-Ark) sent a letter to his constituents praising the Baucus bill.

Ross used most of the letter to strongly endorse Conrad’s small, state-based co-ops idea. This should surprise no one given the overwhelming evidence that Ross has been working directly and/or indirectly with Conrad to get the co-ops idea included in the House bill.

Maybe Obama Should Tell Mike Ross that Covering the Uninsured Is Part of the Goodybag?

By: Thursday August 20, 2009 9:44 am

Mike Ross is full of shit. Twenty percent of his district lives in poverty, 21.8% have no insurance, and 25% are African American.  Instead of telling progressives that they should suck it up and accept a bad health care bill because it’s “politically imperative,” Bill Clinton should be using his Arkansas clout to kick Ross’s ass.

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