Parliamentarian Provides Win for Dems on Reconciliation Bill

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 6:47 am

The President will sign the health care legislation at an 11am ceremony. After that, Senate work will begin on the reconciliation sidecar, and last night, the Senate’s parliamentarian, Alan Frumin, delivered a victory that shut down efforts to throw out or delay the bill. First, Republicans tried to claim that the reconciliation bill, in an [...]

AFL-CIO Endorses Health Care Bill

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 1:44 pm

Rich Trumka’s statement is below. But a few notes from the conference call. • Trumka expects to keep working on health care reform after passage. In particular, the changes to the excise tax in the second ten years of the budget window will be a focus. Trumka feels he has a lot of time between [...]

Stephen Lynch A No On Health Care?

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 11:03 am

Lots of people are emailing me to ask about Stephen Lynch, the Massachusetts Democrat who Politico claims will flip from Yes to No on the health care bill. Lynch has not shown on on any of my previous whip counts. The Boston Herald, a conservative paper in Lynch’s district, got him to say this as [...]

White House Re-Opening Excise Tax Issue?

By: Wednesday March 17, 2010 2:35 pm

There’s still no word from CBO, though 7:30 ET is the new target date. But clearly, there are problems with conforming to the long-term deficit reduction needs determined by the reconciliation process. Kent Conrad, budget scold that he is, kind of alluded to that with another reconciliation problem, that some provisions may not pass the [...]

Unions Skeptical Of Commitment from President On Their Issues

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 1:51 pm

The AFL-CIO is holding their annual conference this week, coming just as President Obama applauded the mass firing of the teaching staff at a Rhode Island high school. And this just underlines the serious concern they have with the President’s commitment to their agenda items and the needs of working people. Coming the day after [...]

White House Health Proposal – The Politics

By: Monday February 22, 2010 8:02 am

So what to make of this new health care proposal from the White House? Well, certainly it’s an indication that they’ve built a plan to do two things – 1) move using the reconciliation sidecar approach and 2) force the Republicans into making bad choices. Most everything in the White House summary would be germane [...]

White House Health Proposal – The Basics

By: Monday February 22, 2010 7:26 am

The White House’s health reform plan is up at, or you can take a peek here. This represents a compromise document, one prepared to pass by using the Senate bill as a base and making changes that the Administration thinks could pass through the reconciliation process if need be, “informed by the process” that [...]

Health Care Draft For Summit Looks Like Health Care Compromise From A Month Ago

By: Friday February 19, 2010 12:15 pm

Greg Sargent gets the scoop on the health care proposal being written by the White House in advance of the health care summit. Big surprise, it’s what the House and Senate would have voted on if Martha Coakley won her election in Massachusetts. In other words, only the deal on the excise tax already forged [...]

Labor Deal On Excise Tax Benefits Mostly Non-Union Workers

By: Thursday February 18, 2010 9:13 am

A new study from the UC-Berkeley Labor Center shows that the excise tax on high-end insurance plans actually affects non-union workers more than their union counterparts, and the deal to soften the tax struck by labor and the White House would disproportionately benefit non-union workers. Alec MacGillis writes: The controversial tax has been widely viewed [...]

End Of The Line For The Excise Tax?

By: Tuesday February 16, 2010 8:38 am

The White House’s announcement that they would present an actual piece of legislation in advance of the bipartisan health care summit has led to a refocus back to the more contested elements of the bill. If this document really represents a compromise between the House and Senate bills, it could provide answers on items like [...]

Pelosi’s Dual Track For Health Care

By: Thursday January 28, 2010 7:59 am

Both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid released statements last night thanking President Obama for his renewed commitment to health care reform, and both vowed to get something done. But Pelosi made news earlier in the evening in a series of sit-downs with various journalists. She is now favoring a dual-track approach to health care, where [...]

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