NEWS

Liberals Brace For Fight Over Scope Of Health LegislationKaiser Daily Health News

As House leaders prepare to release a sweeping health overhaul plan, they’re clinging to their goal to provide a liberal counterpoint to any legislation now likely to emerge from the Senate.

Lawmakers: Health overhaul unlikely before recessAssociated Press

Lawmakers from both parties are telling the White House they will go on vacation next month and leave behind — and incomplete — President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Leaders in House Seek to Tax Rich for Health PlanNew York Times

House Democrats will ask the wealthiest Americans to help pay for overhauling the health care system with a $550 billion income tax increase, the chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee said Friday.

For Obama, healthcare failure is not optionReuters

For President Barack Obama, failure on healthcare is not an option. With the economy struggling and his poll numbers dipping, the president who made "change" his campaign mantra cannot afford to come up empty on his top legislative priority — a long-sought overhaul of the costly and complex U.S. healthcare system.

Health Care Negotiator With Instinct for the DealNew York Times

Critics of Barack Obama’s Washington, who often prefer not to challenge the popular president directly, tend instead to aim at Congress.

Trade Group Challenges Wal-Mart on Health CareWall Street Journal

Federation Urges Members to Take a Stand Against Company’s Support of Plan Requiring Employers to Help Pay for Insurance

OPINION

Don’t Tax BenefitsNew York Times

AMERICANS are demanding health care reform that guarantees them quality, affordable insurance, reduces the burden of health costs on employers and individuals and provides backup coverage through a public health insurance option.

The Need for SpeedThe New Republic

Philip Elliott of the Associated Press reports, "Legislation to overhaul the nation’s health systems is unlikely to make it through the House and Senate before the August target set by President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders, lawmakers said Sunday." At Politico, Carrie Budoff Brown reaches a similar conclusion.

Blue Dogs Won’t Vote For What They SupportThink Progress

The fifty-member Blue Dog Coalition has written a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) revealing “strong reservations” about the Tri Committee’s health care bill. “After reviewing the draft tri-committee health care reform proposal, we believe it lacks a number of elements essential to preserving what works and fixing what is broken,” the letter reads.

The Public Plan Is a Cost-SAVERChange.org

I’ve written about Wendell Potter, the former executive at Cigna and Humana whose Congressional testimony helped pull away the curtain on how private, for-profit insurance companies look at themselves – as entities more beholden to shareholders than their customers. On Friday night, he was the guest on Bill Moyers Journal. PBS.org has the whole program online, but they’ve also released clips like the one below on YouTube. If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing – which I highly recommend – these bite-size chunks are must-see.

Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.