Senate Democrats Won’t Take Up Health Care Repeal Bill

By: Monday January 3, 2011 6:30 pm

I’m not sure there was any doubt, but just in case you thought that the Senate would act on an imminent bill from the House to repeal the entire health care law wholesale, the Senate Democratic leadership is here to tell you that they won’t. They frame it in a letter to John Boehner, signed by Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Patty Murray and Debbie Stabenow, that they refuse to take up any bill that repeals consumer protections, specifically citing the closing of the prescription drug “doughnut hole” for seniors. On January 1, a new provision of the Affordable Care Act discounts the cost of brand name drugs for seniors who reach that coverage gap by 50%, with the full closure phased in later.

 

First Up for GOP House: Dead-End Health Care Repeal Bill

By: Monday January 3, 2011 8:00 am

In an opening bid that’s more of a mood setter than an actual policy expected to be signed into law by the President, the new Republican leadership is likely to pass a repeal of the Affordable Care Act as one of their first bills in Congress.

Health Care: Uninsured Rises to 59 Million in 2010

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 9:05 am

Among adults age 18-64, and in case you didn’t know that’s the voting age, 22% are uninsured. Half of the uninsured have incomes over the poverty level. 40% of them have one or more chronic diseases. This is not about being young and libertarian and free, this is about not being able to afford health insurance.

Looming Republican Blackmail over Debt Limit Is Beginning of Dangerous Process

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 7:00 am

The new Republican House is likely to run into a brick wall in the Senate on most issues. Sure, they’ll try to repeal the health care law, but would need 13 Democrats in the Senate to join them on that. But where Republicans will try to make headway is through the appropriations process.

GOP Governors Try to Defund Health Care, Pit Teachers Against the Poor

By: Wednesday September 1, 2010 7:00 am

As we get deeper into the electoral cycle and things get more polarized, it should come as no surprise that attitudes have become more polarized on health care.

With Health Reform Not Yet Law, “Repeal the Bill” Movement Begins

By: Monday March 22, 2010 1:40 pm

Before health care was signed into law, House and Senate Republicans released bills calling for its full repeal. It’ll be amusing to watch these have the same legislative chances as liberal bills not favored by the establishment for years, but get outsized attention and influence.

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