White House finally gets tough on health care opponents–unfortunately, that opponent is Howard Dean. Gibbs’s calls Dean “irrational.” The White House is irritated with Dean, but not Lieberman. 

Coburn demanded Senate clerks read Bernie Sanders’s entire single payer amendment, so Sanders’s was forced to pull it.

The idea that you cannot get a good bill with reconciliation is a myth put out by the Democratic leaders in Washington. Sanders does not buy the myth.

It is true that you can get an equally large expansion in coverage without the individual mandate and the huge corporate giveaway to insurance companies.

After a last minute, secret PhRMA deal, which PhRMA may not have agreed to, was reached, Sen. Dorgan’s reimportation amendment failed in the Senate. To keep his one promise to the drug lobbyists, Obama needed to break five promises to the American people.

Glenn Greenwald says this bill will do more harm than good.

Russ Feingold says that the bad health bill is not really Lieberman’s fault. It was the bill Obama wanted all along.

With the public option gone, many groups on the left start to sour on Liebercare.

Gibbs says that President Obama asked Lieberman to make as many concessions as liberals.

There is some indication that SEIU and AFL-CIO might back off from supporting Liebercare.

Jay Rockefeller will kick the football on Liebercare.

The UCSF physicians respond to Eshoo’s evergreening loophole on biologics.

This bill, with its individual mandate, is a road to neo-feudalism.

The secret story of how CBO director Doug Elmendorf practically wrote the health bill.

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 http://pendinghorizon.com

5 Comments