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    The Baucus Bill Cost To States And Working Families

    After watching the Senate Finance Committee work its will on health care reform, it is clear that the final stretch will have little to do with good policy and lots to do with cutting special deals with drug companies, favorite states, and the like. The debate is a jarring reminder … More

    Obamacare Senate Floor Vote Next Week?

    Multiple sources on the Hill have told The Foundry that as early as next week, the Senate could be debating Obamacare. This is a possibility and not something that has been scheduled, but senior Senate staffers on the Hill are buzzing about the Senate Majority Leader using a House passed … More

    If Obamacare Is So Great...

    …then why does Nevada need protection from it? The New York Times reports: The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, has secured a special deal protecting his state against the costs of expanding Medicaid under one of the major health care bills moving through Congress. … Now Mr. Baucus … More

    Morning Bell: What The Baucus Bill Will Cost You

    This morning the Senate Finance Committee will resume their markup of Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) health care bill. Thanks to Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) the focus today will be on whether or not the Democrats on the committee can find enough votes to include a government-run … More

    Baucus Bill: Buy Health Insurance or Die

    This past Thursday during the Senate Finance Committee markup of Obamacare, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) received a hand written note from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming that the penalty for failing to pay the $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance could include jail time. … More

    Morning Bell: Obamacare Puts Transparency and Accountability on Death Bed

    The New York Times released a new poll today finding that 55% of Americans believe President Obama has not clearly explained his plans for changing the health care system and 59% said they thought the health care changes under consideration in Congress were confusing. In a follow-up interview, Paul Corkery, … More

    Live from the Senate Finance Committee Markup …

    Earlier this morning the Senate Finance Committee, during its markup of the “Chairman’s Mark” of the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009, voted down an amendment that would have helped ensure that Americans can keep their current coverage. The amendment offered by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) stated the following: “The … More

    Towards a Different Kind of Workplace Coverage

    New data out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that some 44.9 million Americans of all ages were uninsured in the quarter of January through March. Roughly 63.5 percent of unemployed adults aged 18 to 64 and 21.5 percent of employed adults in the same age group … More

    Misleading Medicaid Claims From Senate Finance

    The Committee on Finance has issued a press release that claims under Chairman Baucus’ health care plan, now being marked up and amended in full Committee session: “[e]very state would spend less on Medicaid compared to current spending levels over the next three years (2010-2012), equaling a total net decrease … More

    Full CBO Scoring Crucial in Health Care Reform

    The Senate Finance Committee will soon take up Chairman Baucus’ health care reform proposal for consideration and amendment. The initial proposal as outlined September 17 was incomplete in many respects and a detailed evaluation is impossible. There was enough detail to provide a meaningful initial reaction . The Congressional Budget … More