GOP Senators Release More Serious Obamacare Alternatives

By: Monday January 27, 2014 11:34 am

Since President Obama and the Democrats effectively adopted what was the old Republican/health insurance industries health care reform plan the lingering question has been: Can Republicans come up with a new plan to really expand coverage that is not basic Obamacare. We got the answer today in the form of the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and [...]

Coburn Is Right About Holder

By: Monday May 27, 2013 6:32 am

On Face the Nation yesterday Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) called it inappropriate to have Eric Holder review the Department of Justice aggressive investigation of journalists. From Face the Nation: BOB SCHIEFFER: Senator Coburn, the President also said that he’s asked the attorney general to review all these investigations and to leaks of what he says [...]

Political Forces Lining up to Raise Medicare Retirement Age

By: Friday September 9, 2011 9:30 am

The threat to Medicare is very real and pressing. Last night the President suggested he still wants to change Medicare in a way “some in his party” won’t like. We are seeing a convergence of deficit hysteria, a Democratic president who wants to have a “Nixon goes to China moment” with Medicare and powerful corporate lobbyists in pursuit of bigger profits.

Lieberman and Coburn Team Up To Cut Medicare Benefits

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 7:36 am

There is no liberal plan that Sen. Joe Lieberman won’t try to scuttle. Now he is pushing cuts in Medicare as a way to reduce the deficit on the backs of elderly Americans. Hell of a guy, isn’t he?

Coburn, the Man Who Broke the Senate, Whines About Senate Being Broken

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 4:01 pm

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) developed the nickname “Dr. No” for his habit of placing holds on numerous bills and confirmations to delay them from moving forward. With his history of repeatedly using holds, filibusters and other procedural mechanisms there are probably few (if any) other Senators more responsible for recently slowing the work of the [...]

Senate Should Get It Together and Vote on 9/11 Health Care Bill

By: Tuesday December 21, 2010 8:57 am

Jon Stewart got the ball rolling, and now even Shepard Smith is so disgusted by GOP obstructionism on the 9/11 health care bill that he read a list of the names of Republican senators who would not appear on Fox News to speak on the issue.¬† DeMint, McConnell, Graham, Hatch, McCain… nobody wants to appear [...]

Catfood Commission’s GOP Members: Ryan and Hensarling to Vote No; Coburn and Crapo, Yes

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 12:45 pm

With the 18 members of the Catfood Commission expected to vote on the Simpson-Bowles draft report on Friday, many of the members are stepping forward to declare their positions. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) come out as a firmly against the proposal, while Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) said he was leaning no. According to Politico: Rep. [...]

The Second Day Of Senate Consideration Of Reconciliation “Fixes”

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 8:36 am

This may be Democrats last chance to improve health care reform and try to make it even more popular before the November election. Sadly, it appears an opportunity wasted.

Expect An Extremely Long Health Care Debate

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 2:04 pm

Politico has a letter sent by Judd Gregg (R-NH) to his Republican colleagues. It outlines the rights of the minority. There are some amazing potential delay tactics that I was not even aware of. (It is very much worth a read.) If the Republicans are willing to use all the tricks at their disposable to [...]