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Senate Finance Debate

  • 10:37 pm Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

On yet another late night of work in the Senate Finance Committee on health care reform, Senators got into an interesting discussion of the short term time line on this politically explosive issue. Committee Chairman Senator Max Baucus seemed to be saying Wednesday night that his committee would give tentative …

Same Old Song & Dance

  • 8:53 pm Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

The start of the new fiscal year today for the federal government also brings with it a familiar story of lawmakers and an administration unwilling to make the truly difficult choices on the US budget in terms of cutting spending and earmarks. Once again the tired rhetoric of budget cuts …

Such Sums As Necessary

  • 8:52 pm Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

Now that Democrats have released their new Cap and Trade/Climate Change bill in the Senate, there are 821 pages to go through, to see what might be stuffed in the complicated legislative text. First, f you want to read the actual bill text, you can download it from Sen. John …

Health Care Holocaust

  • 8:51 pm Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

It’s not often that you can stitch together a story on the health care debate in Congress that includes comparisons to the Holocaust, charges of psychological instability, and oh yeah – a good ole strong dose of politics. But that’s what Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has helped provide us in …

Senate Cap & Trade Bill

  • 12:31 pm Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

Here is a summary of the new Cap and Trade bill introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. John Kerry.  The Democratic plan tracks a bill approved by the House earlier this year, weighing in at 821 pages in all. If you want to read the actual bill text that …

Democrats Forge Ahead

  • 9:55 pm Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

Shrugging off action in the Senate Finance Committee on a public insurance option, Democratic leaders in the House made clear yesterday that they are still moving forward on health reform, even if they weren’t being specific about when they would reach a final deal. There had been talk that Democrats …

“Pollution Reduction Bill”

  • 9:54 pm Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

It is known as the Cap and Trade bill, but two key Senate Democrats are hoping to move away from that moniker, as Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer today unveil what Democrats hope to move through the Senate on climate change legislation. The bill has the goal of cutting …

Public Option Setback

  • 9:53 pm Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

As the Senate Finance Committee battled on Tuesday over a public health insurance option in health reform legislation, it seemed like one of the first times that the panel got to the meat of this health care debate. “I might say, the last four hours has been a good debate,” …

Public Insurance Option

  • 6:12 pm Monday, September 28th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

As early as today, the Senate Finance Committee could vote on a plan from more liberal Democrats, to replace health care cooperatives with a government run health insurance option that’s designed to compete directly with insurance companies. Liberal Democrats are expected to lose in the committee, as Sen. Max Baucus, …

Echoes Of Debates Past

  • 6:08 pm Monday, September 28th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

I was doing some reading the other day about health care reform when I ran across a mention of a fight in 1997 over reforms in Medicare, which almost sounded like some of the arguments Congress is having today, as well as other debates that haven’t surfaced at all. Back …