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    Morning Bell: Obama Trek: The Search for More Money

    Yesterday, in what President Barack Obama described as a “watershed event”, the health care industry promised to cut $2 trillion in costs over 10 years by implementing such measures as the use of health information technology, care coordination, disease management, and “evidence based” medicine. If you feel as though you’ve … More

    Not One New Dime Until These Savings Are Proven

    Looking to revive health care reform in Congress, the Obama administration is touting an announcement today by large health care trade associations including the American Medical Association, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the American Hospital Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans, as well as the Service Employees International Union. … More

    The Video Single Payer Health Care Activists Don't Want You To See

    Late last month the conservative blog Verum Serum posted a video of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) telling a single payer health care rally: “I know many of you here today are single payer advocates and so am I … and those of us who are pushing for a public health … More

    Senate Finance Committee: Medicare is Broken

    Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley, the Chairman and Ranking Member respectively of the powerful Senate Committee on Finance have just delivered an indictment of the current health care system, including, strangely enough, the traditional Medicare program that top liberal health policy analysts and many in Congress want to use … More

    Senator Schumer's Magical Plan for Health Care Compromise

    According to the May 5th New York Times, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has proposed a health care reform “compromise” on the creation of a new public plan to compete with private health insurance. No doubt Schumer is trying to convince moderates that they should ignore Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) frank … More

    Did MoveOn Disrupt Health Care Roundtable?

    Senate Finance Committee’s Roundtable Discussion on “Expanding Health Care Coverage” was disrupted this morning by eight hecklers who yelled demands for single-payer health care before being removed from the room by Capitol Police. The disruptions came mere hours after MoveOn.org hosted an “emergency” online briefing/conference call last night. Democracy for … More

    Public Option on Its Death Bed

    The Center for Americna Progress hosted a conference call yesterday on health care with Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT). The very first question on the call, from PoliticsDaily’s Jill Lawrence, was about the “public option” preferred by progressive groups like CAP and big labor. Baucus parsed his statement … More

    Morning Bell: The Unprincipled Fight for Government-Run Health Care

    Last year, then-candidate Barack Obama told a rally in Albuquerque, “If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.” Earlier this month in Chicago, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) told a rally of government-run health care supporters: “I know many of you here today are … More

    Fact Checking Obama

    We highlighted the Associated Press’ FACT CHECK on President Barack Obama’s deficit cutting claims this morning, but that was not the only area where Obama stretched the truth. On jobs: OBAMA: “We began by passing a Recovery Act that has already saved or created over 150,000 jobs.” – from news … More

    The Specter Defection Policy Ramifications

    Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the longest serving Senator in Pennsylvania history, has made some history today by switching from the Republican to the Democrat Party. Specter’s switch will have policy ramifications for conservatives. As of today, 59 Senators caucus with the Democrats, including Specter, socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of … More