Health Care Reconciliation: Increases In Affordability Tax Credits Only Temporary

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 10:39 am

One of the Democratic leadership’s talking points for the reconciliation bill is that it increases affordability tax credits for people on the exchange. What they aren’t saying is that the increase in subsidies in the Senate bill is only temporary. From the CBO: An important component of the longer-term analysis is that, beginning in 2019, [...]

Hey, New York Times: Why Don’t You Tell the Senate to Just Pass the House Health Bill?

By: Friday February 26, 2010 1:34 pm

The New York Times editorial page is now basically demanding that the House of Representatives effectively give up their constitutional rights and powers. No longer will they be the writer of laws and originator of all bills dealing with taxes, like the founders intended, but instead they should serve only as a rubber stamp for [...]

Obama’s Un-Sellable Hodgepodge of Minor Health Care Changes

By: Monday February 22, 2010 12:40 pm

The big question right now is, how do you sell Obama’s new health care proposal? His proposal is basically the Senate bill with some minor tweaks. Some of the changes should be popular–like a minor increase in affordability tax credits–and some changes–like an increase in the individual mandate penalty–should end up very unpopular. What I [...]

People Hate The Process For The Policies It Produced In Health Care Reform

By: Thursday February 18, 2010 1:27 pm

The White House is pushing hard the meme that Americans’ disapproval for health care reform is purely based on their disgust with the process. While the process has been stomach-turning to watch, people also do actually hate many of the proposed policies within the bill. The White House seems incapable of acknowledging that the Senate [...]

House, Senate Conferees Almost Have Possible Tentative Agreement on Fake Health Care Compromise

By: Wednesday February 17, 2010 2:17 pm

The Democrats in Congress have still not reached a deal on how to move health care forward. The current favored strategy is a reconciliation sidecar, but the most recent news makes that seem unlikely to succeed. Weeks after losing the Massachusetts Senate seat, Democrats have still not even reached an agreement on whether to even [...]

Judd Gregg Proves The Depth Of Republican Hypocrisy On Health Care Reform

By: Thursday February 11, 2010 7:31 am

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) has proven the total hypocrisy of the Republican party when it comes to the issue of health care reform with his newest press release. Gregg has asked Obama to ditch the current Senate bill and to start over with his blue print, which is almost identical. Gregg wrote: “There is significant [...]

Call Reports: Rep. Raúl Grijalva Keeps His Word, Will Oppose Senate Bill

By: Monday January 25, 2010 11:15 am

FDL Activist Patrick from Arizona called Rep. Raúl Grijalva’s office and confirmed that Rep. Grijalva (AZ-07) will not vote for the Senate health care bill.  From Patrick’s report: I called and added personality to the script so it didn’t sound like I was reading verbatim.  Representative Grijalva will be voting AGAINST the Senate Health Care Bill. More [...]

“Some Elements Of The Bill Are Popular” – The Foolish Mantra That Won’t Save House Democrats

By: Monday January 25, 2010 7:50 am

I have heard a dangerous mantra being repeated by the Senate bill apologists in many different forms. The goal of the consistently uttered mantra seems to be to trick those inside the Washington bubble that the Senate health care bill is, in fact, secretly popular, but the American people are too dumb to realize it. [...]

Call Reports: Rep. Jackie Speier Keeps Her Word, Will Not Support the Senate Bill

By: Monday January 25, 2010 6:00 am

Two FDL activist call reports indicate Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-12) will not for the Senate bill without changes.

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 [...]