Health Bill Passes Key Test in the Senate With 60 Votes - New York Times
After a long day of acid, partisan debate, Senate Democrats held ranks early Monday in a dead-of-night procedural vote that proved they had locked in the decisive margin needed to pass a far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s health care system.
Health plans on collision course - Politico
Despite a last-minute weekend deal that put the Senate on the brink of passing health care reform this week, liberal and moderate Democrats remain on a collision course over the bill, as both sides dug in Sunday for the next phase of negotiations.
Democrats Move To Regulate How Insurers’ Spend Customers’ Money - Kaiser Health News
Amid all their squabbling over health care legislation, Democrats staunchly agree on the need to regulate how insurers spend their customers’ money.
Hopes Dim, G.O.P. Still Vows to Fight Health Bill - New York Times
A day after Senate Democrats said that they had clinched an agreement on a far-reaching overhaul of the nation’s health care system, Republicans vowed on Sunday to continue their fight while acknowledging that their chances of stopping Senate passage had faded.
How health lobbyists influenced reform bill - Chicago Tribune
David Nexon had a big problem. An early version of national health care legislation contained a $40 billion tax aimed squarely at members of the medical device trade association he represents.
Democrats Pin 2010 Hopes on Bill - Wall Street Journal
Slumping in the polls and struggling to pass climate and financial legislation, President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders are counting on an historic health care victory to buoy their electoral prospects in 2010.
A Dangerous Dysfunction - Paul Krugman
Unless some legislator pulls off a last-minute double-cross, health care reform will pass the Senate this week. Count me among those who consider this an awesome achievement. It’s a seriously flawed bill, we’ll spend years if not decades fixing it, but it’s nonetheless a huge step forward.
It was, however, a close-run thing. And the fact that it was such a close thing shows that the Senate — and, therefore, the U.S. government as a whole — has become ominously dysfunctional.
That Gollum-Like Feeling on Health Care - Mike Lux
I find myself gripped in a bitter argument — with myself — about the fate of health care reform. It's sort of like watching the schizophrenic Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings saga fight angrily with himself over how to deal with Frodo: "the master is so nice to me, he takes care of me and wants to help me" vs. "I will strangle him, I will crush his head against the rocks, I will feed him to the giant spider." In my case, the raging fight with myself goes more like "But there are so many nice things in this bill, I really like a lot of it, and I've wanted this bill for such a long time" vs. "those evil insurers are screwing us again, I want to kill this bill, crush it against the rocks".
Why I Still Believe in This Bill - Jacob Hacker
Now that the core demand of progressives has been removed from the Senate health care bill–namely, the public health insurance option–should progressives continue to support the effort?