35 Ways to Fix the Bad Senate Health Bill

By: Monday December 21, 2009 1:40 pm

This Senate bill is bad and there are many ways to improve it. Right now, it is not real reform–it is only a corporate giveaway that might trickle down to help a few Americans. The ideas listed here are a guide to transform this legislation into real reform.


Senate Health Care Bill Built on Obama’s Broken Promises

By: Monday December 21, 2009 12:16 pm

[Ed. Note: Marcy also has a great take on Ezra's rewriting of history, and Obama's reneging on his promises. In case the news of the day prevents me from bringing it up to the front later, please go have a look.] Ezra Klein is trying to make the absurd claim that this Senate bill closely [...]

Lieberman, Obama on the Same Team

By: Monday December 21, 2009 11:31 am

Lieberman takes great pains to describe a situation where he received almost no pressure from the White House or leadership, except to eventually pass some bill. The president did not lean on Joe to agree to include some form or public option or Medicare buy-in.

Video Surfaces of Lieberman Supporting Medicare Buy-In Just Three Months Ago

By: Monday December 14, 2009 1:45 pm

There’s now video of Joe Lieberman supporting the Medicare buy-in concept – not during his 2000 or 2004 national campaigns, but in a discussion with the Connecticut Post just three months ago, in September 2009.

Kill Bill? Latest Flips by Lieberman, Nelson Predictable; Require Hard-Line Response

By: Monday December 14, 2009 6:52 am

What if the Senate, either through Faustian compromise, reconciliation, or nuclear option, votes out a bill that is something much, much less that what we (and by “we” I mean something like 70% of Americans) would call meaningful health care reform? Dare we let the something less than perfect but still preferred be the enemy of the maybe not good but better than what we now have?

I Can Believe It’s Not Medicare: Schumer, Baucus “Fixing” Buy-In Plan

By: Friday December 11, 2009 7:45 am

The latest reports indicate this “Medicare buy-in” idea might not really be Medicare at all, it might in fact be fake Medicare. . . .

Public Option “Deal” Does Not Yet Sound Like It is Even a Deal

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 9:20 am

Last night, Harry Reid announced that there would be tentative deal (or deals) on the public option. The deal has not been scored by the CBO and, in fact, the deal may only be a deal on what ideas they will have the CBO score, so that they then can than use that information to make the actual deal. Nor does it sound like the deal included the whole Democratic caucus, so this deal might not even have the 60 votes needed, thereby making it not really a “deal” at all.

Public Option Grand Compromise Becomes a Grand Big Nothing

By: Tuesday December 8, 2009 5:07 pm

Well, that did not take long. Earlier today, I wrote how closely the new “grand compromise” on the public option at least seemed to closely resemble the theoretical alternative I wrote about several months ago based on several smart ideas. At the time, I predicted that these ideas would be no more tolerable to the conservative Democrats and Olympia Snowe than the public option. The reason is that these senators do not oppose the public option for ideological reasons. They oppose it because they will oppose anything that hurts the health insurance corporations’ profits. It appears I was 100% correct.

Senate Possibly Looking at Early Medicare Buy In

By: Monday December 7, 2009 2:15 pm

[Ed. Note: Dave Dayen also has something to say about this.] There has been multiple unsourced reports that at least some Senate Democrats are considering a possible early Medicare buy in for older Americans. The numbers I have seen indicate that the idea would be to allow people over 55 or 60 to buy into [...]

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