Democrats plan hundreds of reform rallies - Politico
Faced with a souring public mood on health care reform, Democrats and their supporters are launching a national grassroots push Wednesday to show lawmakers that the majority of Americans still support overhauling the system.
A leading House Democrat on Monday said Democrats are prepared to pass healthcare reform without Republican support, echoing comments made over the weekend by a leading Senate Democrat.
Hoping to rein in costs, some are taking a stand on health care reform
Grassley Airs Doubts About Health Bill - Wall Street Journal
Sen. Charles Grassley signaled growing skepticism about the likelihood of Democrat-led health-care legislation passing this year, telling a town-hall meeting here Monday, "Now is the time to do this right or not do it."
On August 24, 2009, RNC Chairman Michael Steele wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post regarding seniors' health care and outlining the GOP's "Seniors Health Care Bill of Rights." However, instead of offering real solutions or finally agreeing to cooperate with Democrats, Steele's piece spreads falsehoods and misinformation with the goal of derailing efforts to help America's senior citizens.
Supporters of health care reform dominate town hall session - Kansas City Star
After an August dominated by their opponents, health care reform advocates pushed back on Monday.
Dueling Words on Medicare - New York Times
In the campaign for the hearts and minds of older Americans — the cohort most nervous about a health care overhaul — Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, was on a news media tour Monday promoting a Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights.
Policy Experts Call Fear of Medical Rationing Unfounded - New York Times
It is what many people say they fear most from an overhaul of the health care system — the prospect of the federal government’s limiting the medical care they can receive.
Max Baucus’ Flip-Flops - Matt Yglesias
Jon Chait notes that the arbitrary deadline on completely a health reform bill that Max Baucus is now deriding is a deadline that Baucus himself set. That said, in the annals of Baucus health reform flip-flops this is pretty small beer. Comprehensive health reform is hard, and the United States Senate is not all that friendly to progressive policy. But one of the big reasons—in many ways the single most important reason—to have been optimistic about progressive health care policy is the stuff Max Baucus was saying during the transition.
On August 18th, Jim Towey — director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2002 to May 2006 — wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for distributing an end-of-life counseling booklet that “presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political ‘push poll.’”
Now the GOP Loves Medicare? It's So Hard to Keep Track. - The New Republic
In this morning’s Washington Post, RNC chairman Michael Steele weighs in with what he modestly calls a “Seniors’ Health Care Bill of Rights.” Continuing on the death panel theme, Steele comes out against various mythical rationing measures no Democrat proposes or supports. He goes on to say the following:
Stealth Nationalization - Slate
How government programs are saving insurance companies from disaster.