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Facing Steep Odds, 128 House Democrats Revive the Public Option

By | 07.29.10 | 6:15 am

Four months after President Barack Obama enacted the Affordable Care And Patient Protection Act, House Democrats have revived a top liberal priority that was eliminated from the sweeping health care law in the latter stages of a grueling year-long debate: the public option.

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A Strange Call From Reid to Vote on the Public Option … Later

By | 03.19.10 | 3:43 pm

What began as one of the most controversial issues of the months-long health care debate continues to be so: The public option — a government-backed insurance plan designed to compete with private companies — wasn’t included as part of the Democrats’ reconciliation bill, sending some liberals More…

How Reconciliation Irons Out the House and Senate Health Bills

By | 03.18.10 | 5:38 pm

Democratic leaders pushing health care reform this year like to argue that a vast majority of the proposals represent uncontroversial changes backed by most Capitol Hill lawmakers. And while that might be true, it hasn’t prevented some sharp disagreements between House and Senate Democrats over a handful of high-profile reform More…

Kucinich Explains His Switch on Health Reform

By | 03.17.10 | 11:40 am

Arguing that access to health care is the right of everyone, not a privilege for the wealthy, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) explains that while doesn’t really support the health reform bill the Democrats have proposed, he’ll hold his nose and vote for it anyway in hopes that it will move More…

In Ohio, Obama’s Attack on Insurers Continues

By | 03.15.10 | 3:18 pm

There were few surprises this morning from President Obama, who was in Strongsville, Ohio, to promote the health reform proposals the Democrats hope to move through the House this week. The president pointed out that (1) health costs, both public and private, are on an unsustainable More…

Pelosi Blames Senate for Absence of Public Option

By | 03.12.10 | 2:00 pm

Just hours after Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced that he’d whip “aggressively” for the public option if the House includes it in its reconciliation bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) killed the idea. The Washington Post quotes Pelosi saying today that the public option won’t be a part of More…

Liberal Groups: ‘Fate of the Public Option Is Now in Nancy Pelosi’s Hands’

By | 03.12.10 | 12:09 pm

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) caused quite a stir this week when he suggested that he’d urge liberal Democrats to vote against any amendments to the health care reform bill sent over from the House — even provisions like the public option that a vast majority of More…

Introducing TWI’s Senate Public Option Reconciliation Scoreboard

By | 03.04.10 | 5:06 pm

Back in the heat of the public option debate last fall, TWI created a scoreboard to track each senator’s position on a government insurance plan to compete with private insurers. Ultimately, Senate Democrats determined that they just couldn’t muster the necessary 60 votes for a bill with a public option, More…

Public Option Via Reconciliation Gets Key Backer: Harry Reid

By | 02.19.10 | 4:40 pm

Greg Sargent has the scoop:

Senator Harry Reid’s office says that if a final decision is made to pass health reform via reconciliation, the Majority Leader would support holding a reconciliation vote on the public option.

The actual statement from Reid’s office, though, is an odd one:

Senate Support Growing for Public Option Via Reconciliation

By | 02.18.10 | 12:20 pm

It began two days ago as a four-senator campaign urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to tap the budget reconciliation process to create a public health insurance plan that would compete against private companies. Now 16 upper-chamber Democrats have signed their names in support of that strategy, More…