Obama: No “Appetite” For Immigration Reform Now

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 8:42 am

Speaking to reporter aboard Air Force One, President Obama said the White House will not bring up immigration reform until next year: “We’ve gone through a very tough year and I’ve been working Congress pretty hard. So I know, there may not be an appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue. There’s still work [...]

The History of the Conspiracy to Link Obama to Triggers

By: Monday October 26, 2009 7:43 am

The fact that the White House worked hand in hand with the Finance Committee to craft a bill, which doesn’t have a public option? Meaningless. Reports that they would have put a trigger in that bill but didn’t have the votes to get it through? More lies. The complete absence of any reporting saying that Obama has called a single Senator or member of Congress and urge them to vote for a public option? Well, that’s because he’s cleverly waiting until the last minute to fix it in conference.

Did Schumer Cause The AHIP Freak Out?

By: Monday October 12, 2009 1:20 pm

The individual mandate (without the public option) has been a top priority of the health insurance industry. Who would not want millions of new customers to be forced to buy their very expensive product? Sen. Chuck Schumer has been working to actively cripple or destroy the individual mandate. An amendment offered in the Senate Finance [...]

Carper’s Trigger: An Idea Goes from Bad to Worse

By: Thursday October 1, 2009 7:04 am

Yesterday, I wrote about the terrible idea Sen. Carper has been trying to sell as an “alternative” to the public option. Thanks to a report from Politico it appears that the idea is even worse than I first thought. Carper’s proposal would leave decisions and solutions up to the states. While Snowe’s amendment sets only [...]

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 [...]

Snowe Offers Worthless Trigger Amendment

By: Monday September 21, 2009 5:00 am

This “safety net” trigger is worthless. Baucus’ bill already mandates the government provide sufficient tax credits to make sure the outlined trigger conditions would never be met. Basically the only way the “safety net” plan will ever be trigger is if the federal government violates its own laws. If the government is violating its own laws about providing sufficient tax credits, why should we believe that it will ever follow the law by then creating this “safety net” plan? This is not public policy, this is pure theater.

Grassley Wants Political Cover, But Americans Want Health Care

By: Monday June 29, 2009 6:10 am

There was no loud cheering by anybody but members of Congress when ACES passed. The idea that we can pass something that is nothing more than an insurance industry bailout, and everyone will applaud because “something” was done, is a pretty remote fantasy.

The ultimate test is going to be the functionality of an overhauled health care system.  If the GOP is marginally less unhappy and the whole thing sucks, I’m not sure history — or the electorate — will respond with kindness.