Thoughts On The Health Care Summit

By: Friday February 26, 2010 1:15 pm

There’s a healthy debate on the left today about the utility of yesterday’s health care summit. One side believes that the summit elevated Republicans and treated their ideas as reasonable and legitimate – or at least that was one impression in the media. Those media members who actually paid attention to the substance of the [...]

Obama Wraps Up Health Care Summit, Clearly Signals That Dems Will Move Forward

By: Thursday February 25, 2010 2:36 pm

(Note: I’ll be on Radio or Not with Nicole Sandler around 6:30 ET tonight talking about these issues.) President Obama just finished his remarks at the health care summit, which went about 90 minutes long. At the end of a long day, he tried to lay out areas of agreement between the parties and areas [...]

What Should Be The Takeaway From The Health Care Summit

By: Thursday February 25, 2010 2:11 pm

Really the only key moment between Democrats and Republicans in the entire 7-hour health care summit came with a debate between President Obama and Republican Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), a leading Harley Street surgeon. Barrasso, inexplicably made the Republican spokesman for the section of the summit on expanding coverage, ignored completely that topic and talked [...]

Health Care Summit: Some Early Thoughts

By: Thursday February 25, 2010 10:11 am

The parlor game among those actually watching the health care summit is trying to determine what the 99.99% of the rest of America will perceive this. And the answer really is, who knows. Obviously the media will go far to filter this information. And I’m not hopeful about that. I said on Twitter feed that [...]

Health Care Summit About To Commence

By: Thursday February 25, 2010 7:05 am

Members of Congress are seated around a square table at Blair House, waiting for the President to kick off the health care summit. The President is walking over from the White House. FDL will carry liveblogging coverage all day on the main page, but not her at FDL News. I’ll be monitoring the summit and [...]

Boehner Chooses Stupak For Late Invite To Health Summit

By: Wednesday February 24, 2010 2:25 pm

I’m going to hand it to John Boehner on this one. It’s a brilliant little maneuver. “I write today to respectfully ask that you invite Rep. Stupak to participate in the February 25 health care summit so that the will of the American people – and that of a bipartisan majority in the House – [...]

House Attendees To Health Care Summit Include Jim Cooper

By: Tuesday February 23, 2010 1:55 pm

I’m taking the announcements of the House and Senate attendees for the health care summit in stride. The whole event is a kabuki dance anyway, so the players in that dance don’t seem like a pressing issue. Still, it’s amusing that Nancy Pelosi picked Jim Cooper, the dragon-slayer of the 1994 reform, as one of [...]

CBO: We Can’t Score The Obama Proposal

By: Monday February 22, 2010 1:14 pm

The virtue of the Obama health care proposal summary released today is that it’s in plain English. The vice of that is that it’s not as specific as it would need to be for CBO to run it through their various models. So Doug Elmendorf wrote on his blog that his office would not be [...]

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 [...]

The Reconciliation Surge – Leadership On Board

By: Friday February 19, 2010 7:17 am

After weeks without clarity, it appears the top leadership in the Democratic Party is committed to using the budget reconciliation process to make changes to the health care bill so it can pass both chambers of Congress. And the White House supports the action as well. President Obama, House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader [...]

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