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    Gang of Six Fails Big on Medicare

    The recent proposal from the Gang of Six has received attention as a possible deal for raising the debt ceiling. On health care, the G6 proposal was initially weak, and as the story goes, the Gang allegedly beefed up its changes to health care spending to attract more support. But … More

    A Health Bill for the Record Book!

    On Monday the Senate Finance Committee unveiled the legislative text of S. 1796 — dubbed “America’s Healthy Future Act” — revealing to fans of legislative “bloatware” a new one for the record book! Not only does this latest entry in the Congress League’s 111th season “monster bill” competition outstrip all … More

    Video: Congress Dismisses Public’s Transparency Demands

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhOigjmCZls[/youtube] This past summer, hundreds of thousands of Americans attended townhall meetings and demanded their representatives be more upfront about the health reform legislation being crafted to overhaul one-sixth of the U.S. economy. But Congress continues to operate in a shroud of ambiguity. Members of the Senate Finance Committee even … More

    The Senate Cloakroom: Oct. 12 – 16

    Senate Analysis – This week, the Senate will continue work on more over-due appropriations bills. On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on its health care reform concept. Of course, the real work will continue behind closed doors where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and members … More

    Obamacare: Day Seven In The Senate Finance Committee

    On Thursday, October 1, the Senate Finance Committee heard the last of amendments to the America’s Healthy Choices Act of 2009. Senators continued to hammer out the details of health policy, even as they continued to openly contradict many of the President’s high profile promises on health reform, including his … More

    The Vapor Bill – Congress’ Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare - Update

    President Barack Obama’s push for a sweeping health care overhaul edged closer to a major victory in the Senate Finance Committee. Early next week, the Senate Finance Committee will vote on final passage on the “Vapor Bill” being debated and marked up in Committee. The term “Vapor Bill” is used … More

    Obama’s Health Care Tax Explanation: Doesn’t Pass the Laugh Test

    The White House put out talking points on Tuesday in an attempt to deflect the debate on the multitude of tax increases in the health care plan working through the Senate Finance Committee. These tax increases almost uniformly violate (again) the President’s plan not to raise taxes on middle-income Americans. … More

    Obamacare: Day One Finance Committee Amendments

    On September 23, 2009, the Senate Finance Committee continued its markup of the Baucus health bill,  the “Chairman’s Mark” , of the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009. While fewer than ten amendments were voted on at the September 23rd mark up of the bill, there are still more than … 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