Breaking Up Health Care Reform: What Pieces Can Stand Alone?

By: Monday February 1, 2010 10:15 am

Recently, there has been some talking about breaking up health care reform into multiple bills. Others have argued that this is impossible because most of the components of the health care are too interconnected. While it is true that some reforms can’t easily be separated, the reality is that the current health care bill is [...]

As With SCHIP, Major Health Care Reform Is Possible Through Reconciliation

By: Wednesday January 27, 2010 11:10 am

Finally, everyone is starting to admit that real health care reform was always possible using reconciliation. After months of telling the “dirty hippies” they simply don’t understand the complex nature of the Senate, the loss of one Democratic Senate seat seems to have changed everyone’s tune. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a [...]

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 [...]

What The Senate Bill Does Better, Part 4: Maintaining SCHIP

By: Tuesday December 1, 2009 3:56 pm

The House bill will eliminate the SCHIP program once the majority of reforms start in 2013. The children in the SCHIP program will either be covered by the expansion of Medicaid or with wraparound coverage if their parents are getting insurance through the new exchange. Thanks in large part to the efforts of Sen. Jay [...]

A Historic Bittersweet Victory

By: Sunday November 8, 2009 10:46 am

Last night health care reform, HR 3962, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 220 to 215. It was a truly historic moment and the bill will help millions of Americans. Yet as a progressive the passage of the bill is at best bittersweet. The bill is not single payer. It does not [...]

Republicans Still Dubious About Voting For Senate Health Reform Bill

By: Saturday June 27, 2009 10:29 am

This New York Times article, Little Hope For GOP to Support Health Bill, illustrates the problem with bipartisanship and getting Republican votes. It’s like people haven’t paid attention to the GOP votes against the stimulus bill, against the ACES bill, and against the S-CHIP bill. Why would they vote for the health bill out of the Senate Finance Committee after showing such a consistent pattern of votes against President Obama’s agenda?

Palin’s Record on Child Health Insurance Undercuts EveryMom Image

By: Friday October 3, 2008 12:30 pm

In last night’s debate, Sarah Palin took pains to remind the audience that she is a mother who knows how hard it is to raise kids without health insurance. She said she remembered what it was like to sit around the kitchen table with Todd and worry about how they were going to pay out of pocket for health insurance.

Yet, Palin’s inaction on child health insurance as governor of Alaska suggests that she doesn’t remember the bad old days as vividly as she claims.