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Health Bill Approved

8:52 pm Jul. 31, 2009

In a big victory for the White House, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a major set of changes to the health care system in America, voting 31-28 in favor of a bill that was forged after days of high stakes negotiations involving all wings of the Democratic Party. …

Pelosi v Insurance Industry

2:40 pm Jul. 31, 2009

In recent days, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made no bones about who will be the target for Democrats as the health care debate heats up in August: the Health Insurance Industry. “They know the glory days are over,” the Speaker said at a news conference last Friday before Democrats …

Cash For Clunkers

11:40 am Jul. 31, 2009

Here is the text of the bill that is being rushed through the Congress today to replenish money for the Cash for Clunkers program. As indicated below, the money comes from already approved funds for an Energy Department program that was intended to help car companies develop more fuel efficient vehicles …

Health Care Legalese

10:26 am Jul. 31, 2009

As the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a health care bill last Friday night, that panel made its share of changes and additions to the overall health legislation.  Two other committees in the House have done the same. But don’t hold your breath on seeing those amended plans in …

Democratic Warning Flags

9:24 am Jul. 31, 2009

As Democrats focus on the fight ahead on health care in the U.S. House, they have only one number in their heads: 218 votes, a majority needed for approval of the bill. Can they fashion a majority in the House on health care?  Of course they can.  Could they suffer …

No Cash For Clunkers

11:07 pm Jul. 30, 2009

The news flash was certainly a jolt to the mental solar plexus on Thursday night, as the popular Cash for Clunkers program has run out of money, after only being in operation for a week. Yep, you read that right. The program, which offered consumers vouchers of either $3,500 or …

House Health Rundown

11:00 pm Jul. 30, 2009

I will assume for this blog entry that you weren’t sitting around last night watching The Deuce and its coverage of the health reform debate in the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. So I’ll try to fill in some of the blanks for you. With four of the committee’s …

Health Care Slog

7:55 pm Jul. 30, 2009

There were mixed signals again on Thursday for Democrats in the Congress, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee moved ahead on a health reform bill, while bipartisan negotiations in the Senate ground to a halt. On what should have been a day of smiles after a deal with more …

Liberals Issue A Threat

7:52 pm Jul. 30, 2009

A day after House Democratic leaders cut a deal with Blue Dog Democrats, there were even more public headaches for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as dozens of more liberal lawmakers publicly threatened to vote against a health care bill unless changes sought by moderates are reversed. “We expect the bill will …

House Dems Head Home

7:51 pm Jul. 30, 2009

With the U.S. House now out of session after Labor Day, Democrats seem certain to be in for what could be a feisty series of district town hall meetings, which seem likely to focus on health care reform. “That’s what we’re going to be talking about,” says Blue Dog Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), who …