Congressional Democrats cautiously embraced President Barack Obama's new health care plan as their last hope for enacting a comprehensive overhaul. Republicans trashed it, dimming prospects for any deal at the bipartisan health care summit that Obama has scheduled for Thursday to try to jump-start the debate.
Even as the health insurance giant turns over hundreds of millions in profits to its parent company, it defends plans to raise rates for Californians whose care last year exceeded premiums paid.
Insurers see potential for plan insolvency behind Obama's premium regulation proposal
Obama Rejects Advice to Shrink Health Proposal - Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama's health-care proposal is a victory for those in the White House who want to press ahead with ambitious legislation over those who counseled scaling it back.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — February 2010 - Kaiser Family Foundation
The February Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds the public still split on health care reform legislation, with 43 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed. However, the poll also finds that majorities of Americans of all political leanings support several provisions in the health reform proposals in Congress and most attribute delays in passing the legislation to political gamesmanship rather than policy disagreements.
California's insurance regulator said Monday his office has found more than 700 violations by the state's largest for-profit health insurer, including late payment of claims, giving misleading information to consumers and failing to cooperate with regulators.
The President’s Plan - New York Times
Perhaps if Senator Edward Kennedy had lived longer, or the election to choose his successor had turned out differently, President Obama’s decision to have Congress take the lead on health care reform would have looked like a political masterstroke. It didn’t turn out that way.
The White House has published President Obama's proposal for a House-Senate compromise on health care reform. You can download the official summary here. More material is available at the White House website.
As the bipartisan health care summit approaches, it would behoove Republicans to reacquaint themselves with recent history before they enter negotiations. Republican members of Congress have had numerous opportunities to work with Democrats in crafting reform legislation - not only in the early drafting stages but also in the various committees the bills had to go through before appearing on the floor of each chamber.
Democrats: Find your spines and pass health reform - Washington Post
Better late than never. Now that President Obama has finally put a health-care proposal on the table, the Democratic leadership in Congress has only one rational course of action: Pass the thing, and quickly, or risk becoming the loyal minority.
Will the Republicans Post Their Health Plan… and When? - White House
The President believes strongly that Thursday’s bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform will be most productive if both sides come to the table with a unified plan to start discussion – and if the public has the opportunity to inspect those proposals up close before the meeting happens.