Obama Backs Wyden/Brown Legislation to Accelerate State Opt-Out of Health Care

By: Monday February 28, 2011 8:35 am

President Obama will announce to the National Governor’s Association today that he supports a measure to allow for a faster state opt-out of the health care law, provided that the states meet certain basic minimum coverage requirements. The announcement is the first time Mr. Obama has called for changing a central component of his signature [...]

Tom “Dr. Frankenstein” Carper Animates Amorphous Mess Out Of Past Public Option Compromises

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 11:15 am

If you weren’t completely depressed by the Afghanistan debate, let’s switch over to health care! It appears that Tom Carper’s 39th attempt to arrive at some compromise for the “Gang of Four” to accept on the public option will be revealed next week. Carper has been working on variations of the public option for months. [...]

With Conservative Resistance To Public Option, What Was The Point Of The Opt Out?

By: Saturday November 21, 2009 4:42 pm

Now that the remaining holdouts have made their intentions known on health care, it’s worth wondering why Harry Reid added the opt out provision to his bill. The opt out doesn’t seem to have brought along any of the critical votes needed to get to 60 votes and secure a cloture vote through the regular [...]

Roland Burris Continues To Demand Public Option In Return For His Vote

By: Monday November 2, 2009 2:16 pm

Every camera in Washington has flocked to Joe Lieberman once he vowed to join a Repulbican-led filibuster on health care if the final bill contained a public option. Far fewer media types have noticed that at least one Senator has been precisely the opposite threat – that he would not vote for any bill UNLESS [...]

Grijalva Pushes Senate, Obama In Letter To Pelosi

By: Friday October 30, 2009 2:29 pm

While Rep. Raul Grijalva ostensibly wrote this letter to Nancy Pelosi, in reality he wrote it to Harry Reid and Barack Obama. In it, he asked for three changes to the “manager’s amendment” (a potential substitute to the current House bill with various changes) and an opportunity to bring an up or down vote on [...]

Obama Meeting With Progressives And Caucus Leaders Focused On Triggers And Opt-Out

By: Friday October 30, 2009 8:37 am

Here’s some detail from last night’s meeting between President Obama and the “Quad Caucus,” a combination of leaders from the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. I asked Adam Sarvana, press secretary for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, if the subject of [...]

Health Care Odds And Sods

By: Tuesday October 27, 2009 1:40 pm

As the health care bills take shape on the Hill, here are some bullet points of what we’re learning: • Matthew Yglesias, based off of one line in this New York Times story which says “A state could refuse to participate in the public insurance plan by adopting a law to opt out,” asserts that [...]

Not Enough Details To Make A Determination Of The Opt-Out

By: Tuesday October 27, 2009 6:44 am

Color of Change has released a petition that they’re sending to the Democratic leadership opposing the opt-out clause for the public option. Here is part of their reasoning. If the fight around stimulus dollars is any lesson, we might see right-wing governors or legislatures — many of them from states with large poor and Black [...]

More Reactions To Reid’s Opt-Out Decision

By: Monday October 26, 2009 2:28 pm

Just a few more that I wanted to add as they come in. Chris Dodd: “I fought for a strong public option – in the HELP Committee and in this merger process – because it is the best way to keep costs low and insurance companies honest,” said Dodd. “Majority Leader Reid has made a [...]

Senate Health Care Bill Still Unsettled On A Host Of Issues

By: Monday October 26, 2009 1:19 pm

While the headline news from Harry Reid was about the public option, which is firm and in stone, on several other fronts, the deal has not completely been made. A Senate leadership aide close to the negotiations emailed me that on issues of affordability and coverage subsidies, among others, Reid is sending 2-3 versions to [...]

Reid Speaks

By: Monday October 26, 2009 12:43 pm

That’s it. Harry Reid just announced that he would include a public option in the health care bill, with an opt-out provision for the states. Reid is sending several different versions of the total legislation to the CBO for scoring. But crucially, he’s ONLY sending the opt-out version of the public option to CBO, not [...]

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