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Daily Health Care News – 3/25/10

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Byrd Rule To Send Health Care Back To House, Rules ParliamentarianHuffington Post

Senate Republicans succeeded early Thursday morning in finding two flaws in the House-passed health care reconciliation package. Neither is of any substance, but the Senate parliamentarian informed Democratic leaders that both are in violation of the Byrd Rule.

Lawmakers concerned as health-care overhaul foes resort to violence Washington Post

The pitched battle over health care has unleashed a rash of vandalism and attacks directed at politicians, with at least 10 House Democrats reporting death threats or incidents of harassment or vandalism at their district offices over the past week.

The Most Ridiculous Amendments To The Health Care Reconciliation Bill Huffington Post

Republicans know that the health care reform process could be derailed if the Senate decides to adopt any changes in reconciling the bill passed by the House on Sunday.

So, GOP Senators have introduced a variety of provocative — and occasionally outrageous amendments — that Democrats who support the health care bill will be forced to vote against in order to get the reconciliation bill through.

Administration: Health lawsuit ‘without merit’The Hill

The Obama administration on Wednesday blasted as bogus a lawsuit filed by states against the new healthcare law.

Va Democrats liken Cuccinelli suit against health care bill to ’50s desegregation fightAP

Virginia Democrats are drawing parallels between the state’s court fight to stop new health coverage mandates and its battle 50 years ago against federal orders to open businesses and schools to black people.

Lieberman, Webb to Vote ‘Yes’ on ReconciliationRoll Call

Sens. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) announced Wednesday that they would support the reconciliation package, although they indicated during floor remarks that they have lingering concerns about the legislation as well as the Senate health care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Funds Double for Health Clinics Wall Street Journal

Federally funded health clinics are set to play an even larger role in the revamped health-care landscape, which expands Medicaid and other insurance coverage and sharply increases funding for the clinics.

OPINION

Why Are We Taking The State Repeal Lawsuits Seriously?Think Progress

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced yesterday that “he will not file a lawsuit against the federal government in trying to refuse the legislation.” “I do not intend to use my authority as Kentucky Attorney General to sign our Commonwealth onto a health care lawsuit against the federal government, because I will not waste taxpayer dollars on a political stunt,” Conway said. “Trey Grayson’s gimmick may be good ‘tea party’ politics, but it’s based on questionable legal principles,” Conway said, referring to the Secretary of State’s request that he file a lawsuit.

And Now the Real Work Begins The New Republic

Maybe it’s good that right after President Obama’s health reform signing ceremony, the Senate went right back to work to improve it. It sends the important signal that this isn’t the end of health reform, but the beginning of a new phase.

Rep. Issa Doesn’t Denounce Death Threats, Instead Attacks "Bought Votes" Media Matters

During an appearance on Fox Business Network’s "Happy Hour," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) was asked about recent extremism that has resulted in Democratic members of Congress being victimized by vandalism and death threats.

(compiled for Health Care for America Now)

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