Health Care


Here’s the headline from today’s Republican National Committee Press Release: 


Obama’s Government-Run Health Care Experiment Will Be Devastating For Seniors

And Medicare is run by…whom? Walmart?

Health Care: Are the Republicans Negotiating for Real?

That was the question I had for White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, when a group of journalists met with him this afternoon at the White House. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus has infuriated his Democratic colleagues in the Senate with his insistence on continuing to try to get a health care deal that a few …

Health Care: Follow the Money?

Swampland commenters are constantly exhorting me on the link between health industry campaign contributions and the difficulties that health reform is having getting through Congress. There is indeed a lot of money being lavished on the key players in this fight, and there is a lot of good reporting being done on that. There should be,

The House Bill and Health Care Costs

Back when I was in the newspaper business, there used to be a kind of story that we called a “clip and save”–a clear, concise explanation of something that you wanted to keep handy for reference as you wrote your own stories about a complicated subject. If there’s an internet equivalent of that for health geeks (and for voters trying to …

Health Care: Obama Engages More Deeply

Is Barack Obama finally channeling LBJ to save his health reform initiative? As we’ve noted before, the President until now has stayed away from the nitty-gritty of the negotiations on Capitol Hill, largely because he wants to avoid the mistakes that the Clintons made in 1993, when they tried to dictate to Congress precisely how to …

The Mayo Clinic Diagnoses the House Health Bill

and isn’t impressed.

Although there are some positive provisions in the current House Tri-Committee bill – including insurance for all and payment reform demonstration projects – the proposed legislation misses the opportunity to help create higher-quality, more affordable health care for patients. In fact, it will do the

Health Care and the GOP

I’m guessing that the word “experiment” was pretty effective with the focus groups:


(Via our friends at C-SPAN)

Dr. No

The sun rises in the east. The sky is blue. Bill Kristol advises Republicans to vote against health care reform. The first time he tried this, in 1994, he established a reputation for tactical “brilliance,” as he managed to intimidate Bob Dole–whose life was saved by government health care–into opposing the Clinton effort. The …

Health Care: A Better Way

For the past few years, I’ve been pushing Senator Ron Wyden’s Free Choice Act as the best way to reform the health care system. Ezra Klein, now of the Washington Post and still no relation of mine (except friend), feels the same way and explains the bill here. This is a solution that promises universal coverage, has been scored …

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