Hey Colorado: Help Deliver Public Option Petitions to Michael Bennet Tomorrow

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 7:42 pm

Michael Bennet was all about the public option when it didn’t matter.  Now that the health care bill has passed and the President has signed it, there’s no way that introducing an amendment can stop it from going through — so why is Bennet nowhere to be found? Thirty four thousand people have signed the [...]

Senate Begins Consideration of Reconciliation Sidecar

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 11:45 am

The Senate has just began consideration of the reconciliation “sidecar” bill, HR 4872, the “Heath Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” (PDF). The bill is meant to fix some of the problems with the recently passed health care bill, and deal with student loan reform. Democrats have foolishly decided to actively work against any [...]

Five Ways To Fix The Unpopular Individual Mandate

By: Thursday February 18, 2010 5:54 pm

If Democrats are now working on a reconciliation sidecar strategy, they should use this opportunity to make policy changes to make the health care bill more popular, or, at least, less politically toxic. One thing they could do is remove the most unpopular provisions, like the oft-denigrated excise tax on employer-provided health insurance, or the [...]

Why a Health Care Reconciliation Sidecar Will Fail: Democrats Learned Nothing About Politically Toxic Carve Outs

By: Thursday February 4, 2010 8:16 am

Democrats in Congress have not learned all the wrong lessons from the Massachusetts special election–just most of the wrong lessons. They have at least realized that the special deals and selective carve outs, like Ben Nelson’s extra Medicaid money for Nebraska, put in the health care bill were very unpopular and angered voters. Yet, instead [...]

51% Of Self-Identified Republicans In Swing Districts Favor A Public Option

By: Tuesday January 26, 2010 9:35 am

A new Research 2000 poll conducted for Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America shows that the American people still overwhelming favor a public option. The poll was conducted in 10 swing districts currently held by Democrats. QUESTION: Would you favor or oppose the national government offering everyone the choice of a government administered [...]

Tax Increases, Medicare Cuts, And Special Give-Aways To Unions: Are Democrats Actively Trying To Lose The House?

By: Tuesday January 26, 2010 5:30 am

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are working on a set of “fixes” to the Senate bill that they hope to pass using reconciliation as part of their “sidecar” strategy. Instead of going for a strong set of popular proposals that could possibly convince some Americans to support reform, the leaders’ stated goal is to change [...]

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 [...]

Fixing Health Reform Through the Reconciliation Sidecar: 13 Improvements, 6 Ways to Save Money, 4 Important Benefits

By: Thursday January 21, 2010 2:57 pm

Today’s reports continue to point to the reconciliation sidecar strategy as the preferred option on Capitol Hill for moving forward with health care reform. The strategy requires the House to pass the Senate bill “as is” only after the Senate has passed  measures with several fixes to the Senate bill that can then pass the [...]

Public Option Resurrected From Near Death, Thanks To Special Election, Reconciliation

By: Thursday January 21, 2010 6:29 am

With the loss of their 60th vote in the Senate, Democrats are going to need to find a new way to pass health care reform. The most popular idea is for the House to pass the Senate bill as is with many important “fixes” passed just before or at effectively the exact same moment using [...]

Kent Conrad Signals He Would Accept Reconciliation Sidecar

By: Wednesday January 20, 2010 5:26 pm

Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) today stated that he is open to the reconciliation sidecar strategy for passing health care reform. This plan would have the House pass the Senate bill as is, with a reconciliation measure to fix the Senate bill effectively being passed at the same time. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) made clear his [...]