Instead of working so hard to make the health reform bill worse, why didn’t Snowe use her leverage to get the very helpful Dorgan drug reimportation amendment she co-sponsored added to the bill?

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) earns his PhRMA donations with his absurd attack on the Dorgan amendment. He parrots the letter sent by Obama’s FDA comissioner to fight against the amendment.

For all the talk about cost control, there has been almost no talk about things that would, in fact, control cost.

Jane documents that Obama has fought all along for a trigger. She declares Obama’s health care reform efforts a failure (echoing Markos’s opinion of what is happening), and gives a big, sarcastic thank you to Blanche Lincoln for working so hard to kill the public option.

The public option still remains popular, but the overall bill is really slipping. (Maybe trying to remove the much more popular public option from the bill has something to do about that.)

The “compromise” has yet to have almost anyone officially say they will endorse it–or even what the deal is. The details are extremely vague right now.

Howard Dean gets all excited about the Medicare buy-in. I think he should wait until we know if it is well designed, or a worthless fig leaf.

PNHP is not excited about the possible limited Medicare buy-in.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at