Obama, GOP Rip Copper Plumbing from “Starter Home” Health Care Law

By: Tuesday April 12, 2011 7:47 am

When health care reform was first passed, elected Democrats told progressives not to worry about how bad the bill actually was because it would serve only as a “starter home” that would be improved on later. Since then, however, several changes have been or will be signed into law by President Obama, all of which [...]

Health Care Reform Reminder: Dems Could Still Pass Public Option Through Reconciliation

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 5:45 am

When health care reform was passed, we were told by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) it was only a “starter home” that would be improved later. We were also offered vague promises from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that we would get a vote on a public option in the months [...]

Dear Sen. Harkin, These Are Terrible Materials For Building A Starter Home

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 3:30 pm

Sen. Tom Harkin continues to refer to the Senate health reform bill as a “starter home” in a new entry on the Huffington Post. Instead of that “partial loaf” analogy, I like to think of this bill as like a starter home. It is not the mansion of our dreams. But it has a solid [...]

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