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1990 Pages Of Health

9:18 pm Oct. 29, 2009

Democrats laid out their new health reform bill on Thursday in the House, as party elders and critics predicted the bill would gain approval by lawmakers as early as next week. But that’s not to say it will be without controversy. The first red flag about the new bill is …

Interesting Health Provisions

9:16 pm Oct. 29, 2009

I’m not going to lie and say that I read the entire 1,990 page health care bill unveiled by House Democrats on Thursday.  But I sure did stumble on some interesting things as I ripped through the measure. For one, it looks like “death panels” are back, or at least …

Dancing With The CBO

9:15 pm Oct. 29, 2009

As Democrats rolled out their health reform bill in the House, there was a lot of uncertainty about a pretty important topic – how much will the legislation cost? Seems pretty simple, eh?  But it wasn’t. Democrats claimed the bill weighed in at $894 billion over 10 years. But if …

Democratic Ethical Zinger

9:14 pm Oct. 29, 2009

The ethical heat got turned up on two Democrats from California in the U.S. House on Thursday, as the ethics committee voted to investigate Rep. Maxine Waters and Rep. Laura Richardson. Waters has drawn ethics scrutiny because of contacts she had with the Treasury Department last year, in which she …

1990 Pages of Health Bill Details

10:01 am Oct. 29, 2009

The latest bill from House Democrats is now available on the internet, weighing in at 1,990 pages.  Let’s take a quick look at the basics of what’s involved. If you want to download the bill, go to Here is the bill’s table of contents: TITLE I–IMMEDIATE REFORMS Sec. 101. …

Health Care Rollout

9:52 pm Oct. 28, 2009

Democrats in the House today will unveil the details of the health reform plan that was hammered out in recent months by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants.  While there is a public insurance option, the details of that are a setback for liberals in the party. The initial leaks …

Vote No On Confucius

9:44 pm Oct. 28, 2009

Sometimes there are votes in the House and Senate where you scratch your head and wonder what exactly was going on when certain votes are called.  That was true Wednesday in the House with a resolution on Confucius. Yes, you read that right. House Resolution 784, “Honoring the 2560th anniversary …

Stop Gap Budget

9:36 pm Oct. 28, 2009

The month is almost over and Congress still hasn’t finished work on the budget for the fiscal year that started on October 1st, so lawmakers are poised to extend a temporary budget until early December. Lawmakers gave themselves extra time at the end of September, when they had only finished …

Searching For Sixty

8:03 pm Oct. 27, 2009

Moderate Democrats in the Senate were underwhelmed with the plan of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to include a public insurance option in a major health reform bill, as it quickly became obvious that Democrats don’t have 60 votes to stop a filibuster. In fact, some of those who Democrats …

Blaming Ned Lamont

8:02 pm Oct. 27, 2009

As I stuck my microphone into the small group of reporters huddled around Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on Tuesday afternoon, I couldn’t help but think about Ned Lamont, as Lieberman threatened to filibuster a health reform bill that had a public insurance option. “I’ve told Senator Reid that if the bill stays as …