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How Health Care Passed the House (And Now What?)

Well, health care reform passed! The House approved the reform last night with a vote of 219-212. If you’re not a C-SPAN or procedure fan like me you might be rather confused by the entire process. So lets go through it step by step. Every bill, as we all learned in grade school, has to be passed by both houses. On Christmas eve, the Senate passed a bill that was sent back to the House. At this point, two things could have happened. In the first case, the House and Senate could have met in something called conference, and then agreed to a new bill which would then be sent back to each house of Congress for a vote. However, … More >>

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The Healthcare Bill in Plain English

What’s the in the health care bill being reconciled in Congress? Here’s a clean break down from the Washington Post.

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John Shadegg (R-AZ) Support Public Option

Never mind his contradictory website, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ)’s spokeswoman confirms he supports the Public Option because: “health insurance companies should have to compete for our business as individual consumers. Forcing them to compete, even through a public option would be better than an individual mandate…” and the best way to pay for those with pre-existing conditions is to “spread their costs among the healthy, among the taxpayers.” Article here. Video:

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Meeting Gillibrand, The Public Option, and Medicare For All

Despite much rhetoric to the contrary, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is quite charming in person, far more so than I had originally assumed prior to meeting her last Wednesday evening. I met her at a fundraiser scheduled by Young Professionals for Gillibrand, which was held at The Gates, a club on the West Side. As barely a young professional myself, I saw it as a unique opportunity to go there and, as our friend Joe Biden likes to say, “test her metal” – to see for myself if she was really ready for prime time. After the night was through, Zac and I were in complete agreement: she didn’t disappoint. After an impassioned speech and a few questions, it was my … More >>

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Obama Sends Unambiguous Message Re: Healthcare — PASS IT NOW

YES! “So just in case there’s any confusion out there, let me be clear. I am not going to walk away from health insurance reform. I’m not going to walk away from the American people. I’m not going to walk away from this challenge. I’m not going to walk away from any challenge. We’re moving forward.” His voice rising, he added: “We are moving forward!” [snip] “Yes, we could continue to ignore the growing burden of the runaway cost of healthcare,” said Obama, wearing a suit jacket but no tie. “The easiest thing to do right now would be to just say, ‘Ah, this is too hard. Let’s just regroup and lick our wounds and try to hang on.’ “We’ve … More >>

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Nadler: How We Can Still Do True Healthcare Reform

Here we are, at the end of a week in which I’m sure I wasn’t alone in trying really hard to look away from what was going on in Washington (and failing miserably).  As someone who thinks that the Senate healthcare bill as is may not be worth passing, but does not want to see healthcare reform fail again, I’ve been stuck– I can’t really hate on those House members who are unwilling to pass the Senate’s bill, and I think that anyone who calls Rep. Raul Grijalva a “monster” for standing up for a better bill has kind of lost it.  But I still don’t want the reform effort to collapse – we need results, and we can’t wait … More >>

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