If Health Care Deserves an Up-or-Down Vote, Have the Senate Pass the House Bill

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 12:30 pm

During Wednesday’s health care address, President Obama said that the American people deserve a final up-or-down vote on health care reform. It is hard to believe Obama actually feels that way, however, because that is not what he is really advocating.


How the Senate Abortion Language Differs from Stupak

By: Thursday November 19, 2009 12:44 pm

Abortion language in the merged Senate bill resembles that which was originally in the House bill–before the House adopted the Stupak amendment.

HR 3962′s Expansion of Coverage Would Result in Very Small Increase in Health Care Spending

By: Monday November 16, 2009 7:06 am

For what HR 3962 does, which is dramatically expand the number of people with health insurance coverage, it does it with only very minor increase in national health care spending. Despite the Republican talking point, it is not some liberal overreach–this reform bill is extremely modest reform that leaves statue quo mostly unchanged

House Passes Health Care Reform – Looking Back

By: Sunday November 8, 2009 12:30 pm

Last night at 11pm ET, the House of Representatives, for the first time ever, passed health care reform by the skin of their teeth, by the narrow score of 220-215. 39 Democrats voted against, 1 Republican voted in favor. That would be Joseph “The Future Is” Cao, who won’t be a Congressman next year, having won a seat over Dollar Bill Jefferson in 2008 in a massively Democratic district.

H.R. 3962: Everybody won. (And nobody did.)

By: Sunday November 8, 2009 8:30 am

Last night, the morally weak failures that are the Democratic Party leaders pulled off a well-executed Reverse Rope-a-Dope.

64 Democrats Voted To Put A Bureaucrat Between You, Your Insurance Provider, And Your Doctor On The Issue Of Abortion

By: Sunday November 8, 2009 7:30 am

In the House, the Stupak anti-abortion amendment passed 240 to 194 with one member voting present. 64 Democrats votes yes on the Stupak amendment. The Stupak amendment would effectively ban insurance companies from selling insurance plans that cover elective abortion on the individual and small group market. It would be one of the most far reaching national restriction placed on abortion in decades.

Stupak Amendment Could Likely Be Used by Insurance Companies to Discriminate Against Low Income Americans

By: Saturday November 7, 2009 4:00 pm

The Stupak amendment would prevent any private health insurance plan from covering elective abortion, if even one of its customer used even one dollar of affordability tax credits. The problem is that the Stupak amendment will conflict directly with other parts of the bill. The bill would require “guaranteed issue.” This means that any insurer offering coverage to individuals on the health insurance exchange most accept all customers.

Actual Action At the House Rules Committee On The Health Care Bill: Stupak Amendment To Get Floor Vote

By: Saturday November 7, 2009 6:30 am

So David Dreier and the Republicans are making a bunch of attempted amendments to the rule, none of which are being allowed, as the Democrats vote as a block.

Rep. Alcee Hastings actually read the rule out, and it appeared to me that Rep. Stupak’s amendment on abortion language was going to be allowed on the floor. I’m trying to get confirmation on this. The AP had a story that this would happen, but when Stupak testified in committee he claimed that the deal fell apart and he was “scrambling” in an effort to get the amendment on the floor.

Liveblogging the House Rules Committee: HR 3962 (Part 2)

By: Friday November 6, 2009 2:21 pm

The Rules Committee began meeting today at 2pm to discuss the House health care reform bill, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, HR 3962. It is airing live on C-SPAN 2. Part 1 of the liveblog can be found here. Additional coverage from David Dayen can be found here and here. 4:52 – The Rules [...]

Health Care: Jim McGovern Sets Them Up, Knocks Them Down in the Rules Committee

By: Friday November 6, 2009 1:35 pm

Jim McGovern’s statement in the Rules Committee session on health care should be echoed by every Democrat in Washington. He rebuts a number of points: • Republicans have been whining about how there’s been no committee hearings on this bill, which is nonsense. They’re getting off on a technicality, as the House leadership has blended [...]

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