[ 8:23 a.m. Dec. 24, 2009 | Comments Off ]
Senate passes its version of reform bill

The U.S. Senate passed its version of a health care reform bill strictly along party lines, as expected.

The bill passed in the Senate is largely similar to that passed in the House earlier this year, but differences between the two bills must be resolved in negotiation between the two chambers before a final bill reaches President Barack Obama’s desk.

The bill passed on a party-line vote, 60-39.

Additional reporting:

The New York Times: Senate Passes Health Care Overhaul Bill
NPR: A Consumer’s Guide to Health Reform
The Wall Street Journal: Big Business Wastes No Time …

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[ Posted by Alanna Nunez | 8:40 p.m. Dec. 13, 2009 | Comments Off ]

The New York Times is reporting that Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., announced earlier today that he is voting against the current Senate health care bill.

According to the article, Lieberman’s decision comes as a total surprise to the Democrats who thought that they had secured his support. Lieberman told Senate majority leader Harry Reid that he disagreed with the ideas of a public option and expanding Medicare.

He described his concerns in the article stating that “you’ve got to take out the Medicare buy-in and forget about the public option.” He also …

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[ Posted by Elliot Njus | 10:32 a.m. Dec. 12, 2009 | Comments Off ]

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — Democrats trying to push President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul plan through the Senate got a sober warning Friday that costs will keep going up and proposed Medicare savings may harm the program.

A new report from government economic analysts at the Health and Human Services Department found that the nation’s $2.5 trillion annual health care tab won’t shrink under the Democratic blueprint that senators are debating. Instead, it would grow somewhat more rapidly than if Congress does nothing.

More troubling was the report’s assessment that …

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[ Posted by Dan Brenner | 9:58 a.m. Dec. 11, 2009 | Comments Off ]

Recent polling shows how Americans feel about health care reform:

Fox News: 34 percent favor, 57 percent opposed
Quinnipiac University: 38 percent favor, 52 percent opposed
Associated Press: 40 percent favor, 40 percent opposed
The Washington Post: 48 percent favor, 49 percent opposed

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[ Posted by Matthew Reinig | 6:09 p.m. Dec. 8, 2009 | Comments Off ]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, likened Republican opposition to the health bill in the Senate to opposition to slavery, women’s suffrage and civil rights on Monday.

“Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all Republicans can come up with is this: Slow down, stop everything, let’s start over,” Reid said. “If you think you’ve heard these excuses before you’re right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said: Slow down; it’s too early; let’s wait.”

Reid also …

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[ Posted by Dan Brenner | 8:53 a.m. Dec. 4, 2009 | Comments Off ]

Health care reform gets closer to becoming a reality every day, and it’s Susan Hinck’s job to increase the awareness of Missourians on what is happening in Washington. Hinck is a part of the Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, a health care consumer group, and has watched the progress of reform very closely.

Last month, the House submitted their version of the bill and now the Senate is in the midst of tuning a bill of their own. The Senate’s debating has slowed the process to a crawl. Senate Majority Leader Harry …

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[ Posted by Matthew Reinig | 5:36 p.m. Dec. 1, 2009 | Comments Off ]

The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that the health bill currently in the Senate could reduce costs for those who buy insurance individually, and would not substantially change premiums for those who receive insurance through large employers, The New York Times reported today.

This new find should give the health care bill significant leverage against the fiscally conservative opposition it has faced in recent debate, which has been a major setback in the bill’s progress. That opposition has come primarily from Republicans, but also from fiscally conservative Democrats.

A CBS report shows …

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[ Posted by Michael Sewall | 10:05 a.m. Nov. 21, 2009 | Comments Off ]

Let’s be real here — Republicans haven’t been happy with the health care bills put on the table in Congress. It seems they’re finding any reason to turn people against the bill. Remember how H1N1 got political?

And whether they’re right in doing so or it’s all a collection of red herrings, they’re being effective. After abortion became an issue in the health care debate, the House bill narrowly passed with an anti-abortion rights amendment introduced by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.

Now Republicans are again jumping on the latest health news and …