Daily Health Care News – 2/1/10


Deja vu a nightmare for Democrats?Politico

The parallels to 1994 — the last time health reform died — are unmistakable.

Democratic senators huddled for weeks in backroom meetings, groping for a workable alternative. Some of the attempts at reviving it were genuine, while others were only designed to suggest forward progress, observers recall. After four or five weeks, the effort was abandoned as Democrats geared up for the midterm elections.

Harkin: Health deal was reached days before Brown’s Senate victoryThe Hill

Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said negotiators from the White House, Senate and House reached a final deal on healthcare reform days before Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts.

Reform — All Over but the Lobbyin’? Roll Call

With their signature issue struggling for survival, liberal groups are now rallying behind the budget reconciliation route to pass health care reform, despite concerns about the practicality of the legislative maneuver and some skepticism on K Street about pursuing the politically troublesome issue.


At the Two-Yard LineJon Cohn

In the days immediately after the special Massachusetts election, which gave Senate Republicans the ability to block votes on legislation, the prospects for reform looked so bleak that one reliable source emailed me a one-word message: “Dead.”

But within 24 hours, that same source had emailed me another one-word message: “Alive.”

Health Reform Hold-Up Makes Wall Street

With the Red team in Congress threatening to block everything, and the Blue team divided over whether to push on with reform or start from scratch, who do you think is winning America’s intractable health care tug o’ war?

Why Obama Chooses To Ignore Most Republican Health Care SolutionsThink Progress

At today’s House Republican retreat, President Obama emphasized the Republican ideas in the House and Senate health care bills and called on the party to abandon their harsh rhetoric and work on reform in a bipartisan manner. “[F]rom the start I sought out and supported ideas from Republicans, I even talked about an issue that has been a holy grail from a lot of you and said I would be willing to work together as part of a comprehensive package to deal with it. I just didn’t get a lot of nibbles,” Obama said before listing 3 or 4 Republican policies that are part of both health care reform bills.

(compiled for Health Care for America Now)

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