Rangel: Lawmakers writing compromise health bill – Associated Press
Leading lawmakers hoping to revive President Barack Obama’s stalled health care overhaul have started writing a compromise bill, but it’s unclear when the legislation will be ready for votes, a top House Democrat said Tuesday.
Pelosi: Piecemeal Reform No Better Than A "Get Well Card" – Huffington Post
Amid the wreckage of the health care debate, some rescue workers have been searching for small pieces that could be salvaged. On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested that the search was in vain. What good is a door, after all, without a building?
Stumping for Jobs Plan, Obama Pushes Health Bill – New York Times
President Obama hit the road again Tuesday to promote the new job-creation program he described as his No. 1 priority, but he refused to abandon his embattled health care legislation, vowing to “punch it through” resistance in Congress.
Nancy Pelosi’s new health care plan – Politico
With the broader health care bill still perilously close to collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to take a shot at the health insurance industry next week by scheduling a vote on a smaller bill to revoke its half-century-old exemption from antitrust laws.
The latest poll from Public Policy Polling finds that Dems are in a tough spot heading into 2010 whether or not they pass health care reform.
THE INFLUENCE GAME: Health lobbying gears down – Washington Post
Notice you’re not bombarded anymore by TV ads about President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul plan?
The Obama administration, in an effort to forge ahead with its sometimes-contentious effort to compare various medical treatments, is proposing a big boost in funding for the agency that oversees the research.
Cost control essential if health care reform is to succeed – Senator Collins
A recent column challenged me to put forth my ideas on controlling health care costs and said that the "debate (on cost) should start after the establishment of universal health care."
What Susan Collins’s explanations don’t explain – Ezra Klein
It’s telling, I think, that in an op-ed explaining why she doesn’t support the Senate health bill, Susan Collins cherrypicks numbers from CMS, which make the bill seem like it costs a lot of money, rather than using the more traditional numbers from the CBO, which imply that the bill saves money. It’s also a hard rationale to believe, given that Collins supported the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, which not only increased spending by more than $400 billion, but paid for it by adding to the deficit.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reiterated her commitment to passing comprehensive health care reform during a conference call this afternoon, describing the measure as a “first among equals” in Congress’ broader jobs agenda. Pelosi insisted that she would have the votes to pass the Senate health care bill in the House if the upper chamber fist passed a reconciliation package of fixes.
The longer that congressional Republicans roadblock health care reform, the more it is going cost the American people–and the bigger the bite health care costs will take out of a reeling economy.
(compiled for Health Care for America Now)