Here’s a brief summary of the day’s health care news. In anticipation of President Obama’s major health care speech next Wednesday, pundits and officials
Here’s a brief summary of the day’s health care news.
In anticipation of President Obama’s major health care speech next Wednesday, pundits and officials are trying to predict the direction the address will take — and some liberals are scaling back their hopes for a full embrace of a strong public option. Administration officials told The New York Times not to expect much detail from the president, who seems desperate to strike a deal with Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and other moderates. Other sources told Talking Points Memo that the administration is urging progressive groups not to waste their money on ads backing a public option. The Senate Democrats’ health care [talking points](to either propose their own plan or explain why they think it is best to do nothing while premiums crush American families and thousands lose their coverage every day) aim to put the ball in the anti-reform legislators’ court by asking them “to either propose their own plan or explain why they think it is best to do nothing while premiums crush American families and thousands lose their coverage every day.”
Snowe is now the target of considerable pressure from both sides of the health care debate. Advocates of reform gave her more than 35,000 letters, postcards, emails and petitions, urging her to help pass a bill. But a watered-down bill designed to appeal to moderates could lose the support of some liberals in the House. Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, just delivered a letter to the White House insisting that a bill without a public option would be “unacceptable.”
Although most health care town halls have been quietly supportive of reform, it’s the violent outbursts that get all the media attention, writes E. J. Dionne. Today’s big story on this front came out of Los Angeles and featured a scuffle in which a backer of reform bit off the tip of an anti-reform protester’s finger. Initial reports contained a juicy footnote — that the man’s finger was reattached thanks to his Medicare coverage — but it now appears that doctors were unable to reattach it. The biter is still on the loose.
Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver SOTU response
Chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union Tuesday, according to Mike Allen
Rep. Paulsen allies with medical device industry to relax FDA oversight
Source: Flickr; Republicanconference (www.flickr.com/photos/republicanconference) On the heels of the Minnesota Independent story last week about U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s cozy financial relationship with the medical device industry, the New York Times reported Tuesday that some health professionals are alarmed by Paulsen’s push to relax Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight
Rep. Paulsen touts balanced budget constitutional amendment
In a post for the conservative blog True North , U.S. Rep
Rep. Patrick McHenry: Please, Conservatives, Fill Out Your Census Forms!
The conservative congressman from North Carolina, a constant critic of the census -- one of the people who sounded the alarm about politicization when the
Rep. Paulsen, Karl Rove the latest to get ‘glittered’
Rep. Erik Paulsen and former Bush staffer Karl Rove were both showered with glitter at the Midwest Leadership Conference Friday
Rep. Perlmutter to hold constituent meet-up in grocery store
Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter will hold a Government in the Grocery constituent meet-up this evening from 5-7 at the Safeway at 38th and Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge. The address is 3900 Wadsworth. The meeting, where Perlmutter typically sits at a folding table and talks to whomever shows up, is free and open to the public
Rep. Perlmutter criticizes House measure that would eliminate 800K federal jobs
Congressman Ed Perlmutter today issued a scathing statement criticizing the House of Representatives for passing a spending bill that could put nearly a million federal employees out of work. The Colorado delegation voted strictly on party lines, with all four Republicans voting in favor of the bill and the three Democrats voting in opposition. Perlmutter’s statement: “My number one priority is to get people back to work because that’s the best thing we can do to pay our debt and move forward toward economic stability
Rep. Pete Stark Won’t Dignify Constituent by, er, Micturating Upon His Leg
In the tradition of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark revealed at a recent town hall gathering that there are limits to what
Rep. Peace, ACLU seek investigation of soldier’s allegations of racial discrimination in Afghanistan
Both Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and the American Civil Liberties Union agree: There needs to be an investigation into Spc.
School of Hock
A growing number of college grads are defaulting on their student loans as the economy worsens.