Tribal Loyalty and the Corporatist Agenda: It’s Not Just For Republicans Any More

By: Monday March 29, 2010 8:40 am

In 2007, Glenn Greenwald wrote a column about how our political debate was being constrained by the demonization of figures like Howard Dean, Al Gore or Ron Paul who were singled out and labeled “weirdos” for expressing opinions outside of party orthodoxy, even though those opinions may have broad popular support.  Noting that Ron Paul [...]

Six Ways Democrats Could Have Dealt with Stupak Ahead of Time

By: Friday March 5, 2010 5:49 pm

Bart Stupak’s (D-MI) group of “pro-life” House members–and their demands about abortion language–has once again emerged as the major focus of the health care debate. This should not surprise anyone. Stupak originally made his concerns known back in July. The Stupak amendment became the big fight back in November, when the House first passed their [...]

Bart Stupak: “I Don’t Think They Have Ten Votes for the Senate Bill”; Open to Reconciliation-Only Route

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 2:19 pm

Watch CBS News Videos OnlineToday on CBS’s “Washington Unplugged,” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Anthony Weiner (D-NY) threw some very cold water on the current plan of having the House pass the Senate bill unchanged, followed by the passing of some “fixes” through reconciliation. Stupak said, “I don’t think they have ten votes for the [...]

Health Care Reform: How Democrats Might Deal With Abortion Language Through Reconciliation

By: Friday February 19, 2010 1:35 pm

The New York Times is reporting that the White House is preparing to use reconciliation to advance health care reform. Reconciliation will be used to make changes to the Senate bill to make it an acceptable compromise between the House and the Senate. As always, the elephant in the room is abortion. Democrats said it [...]

Ben Nelson Has Not Got His Pound Of Flesh Yet

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 10:30 am

Ben Nelson has rejected Harry Reid’s latest compromise on the abortion language: Nelson told KLIN radio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Thursday that an attempt at compromise doesn’t get to the fundamental issue of barring federal funding for abortions. Nelson says without further changes the compromise isn’t sufficient. It sounds like Nelson is trying to go for [...]

Don’t Forget About Ben Nelson, He Has Demands Too!

By: Tuesday December 15, 2009 3:45 pm

Ben Nelson has a message for Democrats: “don’t forget about Ben Nelson.” While everyone has been fretting about Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson has remained an equally big hurdle to get 60 votes for cloture. Now that Joe Lieberman has taken a big bite out of reform, it is now time for Senator Nelson to get [...]

Ben Nelson Amendment Just As Bad As Stupak

By: Monday December 7, 2009 12:36 pm

Ben Nelson (D-NE) has just released the language of his anti-abortion amendment. Like he promised, it is as close to the Stupak language as possible. Just like the Stupak amendment, it would have an incredibly long reach, and could make abortion coverage extremely rare in this country. The most critical and far reaching part of the [...]

Ben Nelson Threatens A Filibuster Over Stupak Amendment

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 12:31 pm

Ben Nelson is currently threatening to filibuster reform if it does not contain a version of the anti-choice Stupak amendment: The Senate health care bill does not provide federal money for abortion, maintaining the status quo. But like Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and a sizable bloc of conservative House Democrats, Nelson says that’s not good [...]

The Capps, Ellsworth, Stupak, And Senate Finance Language On Abortion

By: Wednesday November 18, 2009 10:21 am

The Capps compromise in the House was supposed to be the compromise which would have kept health care reform “neutral” on the issue of abortion. Capps Compromise–The Capps proposal would have made sure that abortion was not part of the minimum benefit requirement package for health insurance plans. It would have guaranteed that in each [...]

No Health Plan Is Safe From The Stupak Amendment

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 3:01 pm

The Stupak Amendment could radically reduce the availability of abortion coverage in this country. The amendment effectively stops the sale of insurance plans that also cover abortion on the new exchange. Even though the exchange will start small, the goal is for it to expand over time and be used by many mid-sized employers. Thanks to [...]