The Time To Fix The Dysfunctional Senate Is Now!

By: Monday December 28, 2009 6:53 am

I would like to tip my hat to Ezra Klein for using the weekend to put out a whole series of articles addressing just how broken and dysfunctional our Congress has become. It is an issue that never seems to get enough attention but underlines almost every problem with our current government. He does interviews [...]

The Senate Will Not Change Without A Crisis

By: Friday December 4, 2009 5:15 pm

I think the inherent problem with the left-leaning “compromisers” is that they are unwilling to think outside the box. They may have progressive hopes, but they are not radicals in the traditional sense. They are unwilling go the extra yard for what they believe in. They don’t realize that the only way institutions change is [...]

Republicans Spend Five Days Defending Massive Government Waste And Corporate Giveaways

By: Friday December 4, 2009 11:30 am

I’ve been watching the debate on health care reform for the past five days, and it is amazing how much time and effort the Republican party has dedicated to defending massive government waste and huge corporate giveaways. A vast majority of their floor time has been devoted to speaking in defense of a the Medicare [...]

Grijalva: Carper’s Triggered Non-Public Non-Option is “Totally Unacceptable”

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 8:40 am

Thomas Carper’s terrible new “alternative” to a public option is not winning over progressives in the House: The new version of the government-run plan, being crafted by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), fell flat with Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who’s led members of Congress who’d previously spoken out against [...]

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 $149 Billion Medicare Advantage Boondoggle

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 11:27 am

Senate Republicans have decided to attack the health care bill by offering a tactical motion to recommit. This motion, as offered by John McCain, would send the bill back to the Senate Finance Committee to have it rewritten without any “cuts” to Medicare Advantage. Democrats are defending the existing bill by explaining how this Medicare [...]

Monday Health Care Highlights

By: Monday November 30, 2009 5:15 pm

The Urban Institute is helping push the trigger. It is a Trojan Horse to kill the public option. Mikulski offers the first amendment to the Senate bill to reduce cost-saving for preventive screening for several female health issues. Here is the liveblog for the first day of Senate debate. The CBO has a new report [...]

CBO: Senate Bill Would Have Basically No Effect On Most Americans’ Insurance Premiums

By: Monday November 30, 2009 4:02 pm

The CBO is out with a new report projecting the effect of the Senate health care reform bill on premiums for individual below 65. The report is a mixed bag of some small negatives and some small positives. The general conclusion is reform would do basically nothing to reduce or increase premiums for most Americans. [...]

That Was A Big Waste Of Time

By: Monday November 30, 2009 9:59 am

With debate officially beginning at 3 pm today in the Senate, Ezra Klein makes a good point about the relatively static state in which health care reform has been: If you had tuned in six months ago for 10 minutes, you would have had all the information necessary to predict exactly where we’d be today. Democrats [...]

What The Senate Bill Does Better, Part 3: Starts With Greater Access To The Exchange

By: Monday November 30, 2009 9:16 am

The Senate bill would give more small businesses access to the new exchanges quicker than the House bill. In the Senate bill, any business with 100 or fewer employees could use the new exchange. Starting in year four (2017), individual states could choose to allow larger businesses to also use the exchange. Conversely, the House [...]