Rockefeller Jumps on the “Blame Reid for Killing the Public Option” Bandwagon

By: Friday October 16, 2009 7:26 am

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) put the responsibility for getting a public option squarely on Senate Majority leader Harry Reid’s shoulders. HUNT: Well, let me ask you about that, because it would appear there are not the votes for the kind of public option that you’ve advocated and maybe even [...]

Finance Committee Will Vote On Tuesday

By: Thursday October 8, 2009 10:15 am

The vote on the Senate Finance Committee health care bill is scheduled for Tuesday. The committee has 13 Democrats and 10 Republicans. The big vote to watch for is Republican senator Olympia Snowe. She is seen by many as the only possible Republican vote for any health care reform legislation. If Snowe does vote for [...]

Baucus Not Even Talking To Rockefeller

By: Wednesday October 7, 2009 1:36 pm

This seems very strange to me and shows the depth of ill will there must be on the Senate Finance Committee these days. Baucus publicly screwed over Wyden on his free choice amendment a few days ago, but Baucus’s slight of Rockefeller was longer and maybe more serious. Rockefeller chairs the Senate Finance Committee subcommittee [...]

If Kent Conrad and Ben Nelson Like It, It Must Be Bad

By: Wednesday October 7, 2009 10:16 am

Sen. Kent Conrad and Sen. Ben Nelson have been among the few Democratic senators who have been actively working to kill the public option. When there is an “alternative” that they are both rushing to jump on board, you know something must be fishy. Nelson said about the new "alternative": “This is a new concept [...]

Rockefeller Explains Why He Fights

By: Friday October 2, 2009 10:15 am

It is nice to see that there are at least a few Democratic senators who can sometimes remember why they chose to become members of Congress. There was a reason why Rockefeller became a Democrat. It was to fight for people in need. The video is long, but it’s worth watching. It is an emotional [...]

Baucus Doesn’t Trust the Commissioners His Bill Would Empower to Regulate Insurance

By: Wednesday September 30, 2009 7:30 pm

Some people are troubled by the huge amount of power the Baucus Bill would give to the non-governmental organization, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The NAIC is made up of the insurance commissioners from all 50 states, DC, and five US territories. His bill would give the NAIC the power to devise: Model Regulation [...]

Rockefeller’s Robust Public Option Amendment Fails, 8 – 15

By: Tuesday September 29, 2009 12:13 pm

The entire morning of the Senate Finance Committee mark up was dominated with heated debate about Rockefeller’s robust public option amendment. Most Democrats agreed with Rockefeller, saying such a plan would be needed to increase choice, improve competition, and keep private insurance companies honest. Republicans claimed it would the start of a “slow walk” to [...]

Amendments To Watch For Tuesday And Beyond

By: Monday September 28, 2009 2:30 pm

When the Senate Finance Committee starts work again on Tuesday things should get heated. Here are some of the more interesting amendments to watch out for. Free Choice Amendment – Wyden C1 : What it hopes to do: It would allow employees who do not like their current employer provided health insurance to ask for [...]

Chamber Of Commerce Attacks Schumer’s Public Option Amendments

By: Friday September 25, 2009 1:52 pm

Live Pulse has a letter from the US Chamber of Commerce attacking four amendments that have yet to be voted on in the Senate Finance Committee. (Rockefeller C1 – Applying new rating rules to the large and self-insured (ERISA) market, Schumer C1/C2 – Public Option Amendments, Wyden C1 – Healthy Americans Act) The Chamber attacked [...]

Baucus: Public Option Amendments Votes Likely On Tuesday

By: Friday September 25, 2009 7:30 am

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said at the begining of today’s hearing that there would not be time to get to the public option amendments today. He expects to debate and vote on the public option amendments on Tuesday. Yesterday, Sen. Schumer and Rockefeller pushed hard for a vote today on their public option [...]