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    Morning Bell: The Policy Is The Problem

    Prior to his September 9th, health care “make or break” press conference, the Wall Street Journal estimated that President Barack Obama had by that time already given 27 speeches entirely devoted to health care and he had mentioned the issue prominently in another 92. While the September 9th presser bumped … More

    The Cloakroom: Sept. 21 – 25

    Senate Analysis – All eyes will be focused on the Senate Finance Committee, as they begin their markup of Senator Baucus’ health care reform proposal. As the media and American people focus on health care, the Senate will also tackle several additional appropriations measures, which further expand our national debt. … More

    The Baucus Plan: The Status Quo on Steroids

    Senator Baucus’ latest attempt to reach a bi-partisan agreement still misses the mark. While there may be a few elements that may be worth discussing, the vast majority of the proposal continues to take the discussion over reform in the wrong direction. Many of the same fundamental problems plague this … More

    Baucus Should Support, Not Undermine CBO Integrity

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus’ recent off-the-cuff remarks to CBO Director Elmendorf highlight the critical role the CBO will play in the coming health care debate as it evaluates and scores the various proposals. Senator Baucus also demonstrated the pressures the CBO is under, and the ease with which Members … More

    Question Cap and Trade at Your Peril

    The Hill reports today: Energy panel Republicans are levying accusations of witness intimidation against Democratic Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), one of the key authors of the contentious House climate change bill. Republicans have seized on a letter – a copy of which was obtained by The Hill – that Markey … More

    Morning Bell: The Obama Jobs Gap

    Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly job report showing that the economy lost 345,000 jobs in May. This brings the total number of jobs lost in the first full three months since the economic stimulus package was passed to 1.5 million jobs. Countering these inconvenient truths, … More

    When Leftists Throw Tantrums

    The left knows they are loosing their fight for government run health care and they are losing badly. Following Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) admission yesterday that a public plan option was “a little off to the side of the table”, single payer advocates disrupted Baucus’s Roundtable Discussion … More

    Morning Bell: Americans Deserve the Health Care Congress Has, Not Health Care Run by Congress

    When selling his vision for health care reform to the American people, President-elect Barack Obama promised: “I will establish a new national health plan, similar to the plan available to federal employees and members of Congress, that gives every American the opportunity to buy affordable health coverage.” The Heritage Foundation … More