Domestic Policy

Deja Vu

If you happened to have turned on C-SPAN in the last half hour you may have noticed the Senate was full of senators but no vote going on. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid convened the upper chamber to try and get consensus on how to proceed after Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, objected to proceeding to a one-month extension …

Health Reform: Will It Work?

In the cover story for the new issue of dead-tree TIME that hits newsstands tomorrow, Kate and I, along with our colleague Alice Park, explore five elements to watch closely as policymakers translate the sweeping legislation that Barack Obama signed Tuesday into a real-world transformation of the health care system.

Kate also …

Flashback: Candidate Obama on Health Care

Think Progress noted that today marks the third anniversary of a candidate forum on health care that I moderated in Las Vegas. It’s really remarkable to compare where Obama was then on this issue to where he is now.

He made a promise that day which turned out to be more than just campaign rhetoric: “I want to be held accountable for …

Temper, Temper…

Yesterday I reported that the GOP storm on health care seemed to be subsiding. Indeed, reconciliation looks on schedule to go through by Friday, though Senator Tom Coburn says he believes he’ll be able to successful strip out certain provisions forcing the Senate to send the bill back to the House for final passage. It seems, though, …

Morning Must Reads: The Big Deal

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

–That’s what a signature with 22 pens looks like. Here’s who get them.

–Probably the most touted immediate effect of the health care bill, a measure preventing insurance companies from denying children coverage on the basis of preexisting conditions, may not kick in as advertised …

Pigs

Right-wing extremists are threatening Democrats who voted for health care reform with violence. This, after Congressman John Lewis was called a “nigger” and Barney Frank was called a “faggot.” This, after Congressman Randy Neugebauer called Bart Stupak a “baby killer” and, essentially, refused to take it back. The Republican Party has to …

The GOP Storm on Health Care Begins to Subside

With the help of TIME’s Katy Steinmetz:

The last few weeks Senate Republicans were all sturm und drang.  “The American people are getting tired of this crap,” Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican told ABC’s This Week. “If [Democrats do reconciliation], it’s going to poison the well for anything else they would like to …

Are Legal Challenges To Health Reform Credible?

A dispatch from our colleague Alex Altman:

Less than an hour after President Obama signed the health-care reform bill into law, attorneys general from 13 states filed a lawsuit challenging the bill’s constitutionality. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, acting on behalf of 13 states, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Pensacola, …

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