Why Are Senate Democrats Letting Republicans Ruin Our Economy?

By: Friday June 25, 2010 12:37 pm

Senate Democrats have again failed to pass a large tax-extender and jobs bill because of a unified Republican filibuster. The bill is meant to stop massive layoffs, make sure poor people don’t lose their health care and provide continued unemployment insurance to the many Americans hit hard by the recession. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) firmly [...]

Cut It: Don’t Try to Untie the Health Care Gordian Knot

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 10:16 am

Democrats seem to have an unsolvable legislative problem on their hands. It does not seem that their current strategy of passing the Senate bill as is and then arranging some fixes through reconciliation will work. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and his anti-abortion gang want changes to the abortion language before voting on the bill, and Senate [...]

If Health Care Deserves an Up-or-Down Vote, Have the Senate Pass the House Bill

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 8:56 am

During Wednesday’s health care address, President Obama said that the American people deserve a final up-or-down vote on health care reform: So, no matter which approach you favor, I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote on health care reform. We have debated this issue thoroughly, not just for the [...]

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 [...]

Harry Reid Plays A Game Of Chutes And Ladders Instead Of Saving American Lives

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 3:56 pm

Imagine I sat you down in front a Chutes and Ladders board game. I tell you all that you need to do is get the red piece onto the finish square. You could spend half an hour rolling the dice, moving up ladders and down shoots until you get your red piece to the finish [...]

The Difference Between Really Trying and Pretending to Try: Will Reid Do All Possible to Preserve Public Option?

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 8:30 am

Gerald F. Seib at the Wall Street Journal wrote, How? Mr. Lieberman says he has made his position absolutely clear to Mr. Reid. And Mr. Reid, all agree, is a wily tactician. So does he think Mr. Lieberman, and the two or three conservative Democrats who share his inclination, will give in at the end? [...]

Choosing Anti-Democratic “Privileges” Over The Lives Of American Citizens

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 11:20 am

A group of pro-public option senators met with Harry Reid last night to discuss health care reform. Indications are that the possibility of using reconciliation to pass health care reform was indeed discussed. Reconciliation is just one way to pass health care reform or the public option with only a simple majority. Reconciliation is not [...]

If There Is No Public Option, Still Blame Reid More Than Lieberman

By: Monday November 2, 2009 8:57 am

Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said on CBS’s Face The Nation that he would rather no reform bill at all pass than see a bill pass that contains a public option. His threat to join a Republican filibuster against a bill with a public option makes it harder but nowhere near impossible for Harry Reid to get [...]