Topic: Health Care

The Reiser's Edge: ObamaCare: selling hope and headaches

When you ask people what the purpose of government is, you’re going to get a lot of different answers. “Government exists to protect its citizens,” or “government exists to serve the people,” or something along either of those lines. What President Barack Obama plans to do with his health care plan is to do exactly…

World Wide Web: Health care: nothing but the truth

Halloween’s over, but don’t expect Republican scare tactics on health care to end any time soon. The alleged “government takeover” of health care is one of the main reasons Americans are turning their backs on President Obama and the Democrats. And a number of competent Democratic candidates and incumbents were destroyed on Election Day by…

Historic day as health care passes

“The bill is passed!” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after a late night session on Capitol Hill this past Sunday. Sweeping health care reform passed the House of Representatives and was signed into law on March 23 by Pres. Barack Obama. Reform passed in a tight 219 – 212 vote after nearly a yearlong…

Moderate Democrats pose obstacle for passing health insurance reform

As the health care debate continues to intensify in the Senate, it has become evident that bipartisan support is highly unlikely. Therefore, the Democratic leadership is focusing on keeping the Democratic caucus united in order to reach the crucial number of 60 votes needed for passage. This pursuit of 60 votes will undoubtedly be a…

With House vote, Democrats closer to passing health insurance reform

After months of lobbying for reform, liberal Democrats and the White House achieved a much needed victory on Saturday by delivering on a top domestic priority. In a late night vote, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3962 Affordable Health Care for America Act by a tally of 220-215. Recently the debate surrounding…

After months of talks, Baucus unveils health care reform bill

The push for health care reform intensified last Wednesday when Sen. Max Baucus released his much anticipated bill.

World Wide Web: Is the public option dead?

The public option was supposed to be the Democrats’ crown jewel of health care reform. But while President Barack Obama talked about all the advantages of the public option during his health care speech last Wednesday, in the end, he admitted that he could live without it. And with Republicans condemning the public option as…

President’s speech addresses health care concerns

After weeks of tumultuous town hall meetings and intense political lobbying, Congress and the President have returned to Washington to debate health care reform.   In an unprecedented move, last Wednesday night President Barack Obama used the bully pulpit of the White House to advance his health care agenda.  Speaking in front of a Joint Session…

World Wide Web: Wild rumpus reform

Max Baucus, the Democratic senator from Montana and chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, is putting the finishing touches on his long-awaited proposal for health care reform. An outline of his plan released over the weekend shows that it makes virtually every major concession that Republicans have asked for: there’s no public plan, there…

Obama to offer health plan that builds off of current system

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was mulling over whether or not to incorporate a national health insurance program into his New Deal. Fearing it would jeopardize the chances of Congress passing his other New Deal initiatives, Roosevelt decided to leave it out. Since then, however, national health insurance has been a main priority for many Democrats.