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Obama Admin Backs Away From a Public Option

August 17, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The public option, a proposed government-run health insurance option to compete with the private sector, was dealt a series of blows from Administration officials and the President himself over the weekend.

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Congress Links

August 14, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Obama in Montana (WaPo). Webb in Burma (Wall Street Journal). Specter calls Grassley on death panel comments, gets voicemail (Washington Independent). ... And then followed up on Twitter (The Hill). Grassley voted for "death panels" in 2003 (Swampland). A more painful and expensive death (Ezra Klein). End-of-life care: where ethics meets economics (NYT Economix blog). Specter says he'll vote for a card check-less EFCA (The Hill). Republican congressman says he's "lea...

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Debunking Health Care Lies (by Reading the Bill)

August 13, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The public debate over health care reform has been undermined by false claims, scare tactics, and lies. It's possible for every American to be educated about what's actually in the major House health care reform bill, H.R. 3200. That's why we've put together this resource, debunking lies about the bill by citing and linking to sections of the official bill text.

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Pro Forma Sessions Under Obama

August 12, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

CA Berkeley WV explains why: ...we only had to use this before January 2009, you say? Isn't it only to keep the likes of a Cheney administration from making more recess appointments of rejected nominees? Yes, but not this time. This time it is being used to keep the current nominations blocked by truculent Senators on both sides of the aisle from expiring. There are 32 nominations still on Executive Calendar No.106 prepared for September 8, 2009 when the Senate returns. Rule XXXI(5) that s...

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Health Care and Guns

August 11, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

With members of Congress receiving death threats over the health care bill and some town hall meetings dissolving into violence, the appearance of guns is alarming. But, from a data perspective, it's not that surprising.

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The Health Care Debate and the Marvel of Permalinks

August 11, 2009 - by Avelino Maestas

Recently, we at OpenCongress have received a lot of requests to see the text of the America's Affordable Health Choices Act (HR 3200) with page numbers. There's no denying this is a complex piece of legislation with far-reaching effects on Americans and the economy, and I think there's a genuine movement by Americans to understand the bill and debate specific points.

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Congress Links

August 10, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Democrats start fighting back on health care reform. Religious groups on both sides join the debate. President Obama says immigration reform will have to wait. And the House backs off their plan to buy more jets. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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Health Care Protesters Want a Town Hall to Disrupt

August 10, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Mike Lillis at the Washington Independent posts this portion of a CNN interview this morning with Rep. Brad Miller [D, NC-13]: "Most people want to have access to members of Congress to talk about a specific issue and they really think a one-on-one meeting is more access than a town hall meeting, and that’s what I’ve done. "So we were puzzled when we got, when we started getting calls in the last two weeks demanding a town hall meeting. And my staff would say, 'Wouldn’t you just like to sit...

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Reality Check

August 10, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The White House put out a new website today, "Health Insurance Reform Reality Check," in an attempt to debunk some of the misinformation circulating about the health care bill. In a series of short YouTube videos, members of the Administration tackle rumors ranging from health care rationing to the claim that the bill would encourage senior citizens to end their own lives. Will it work? My guess is that the people who are convinced by the rumors aren't going to have their minds changed by the ...

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Durbin 'Open' to Dropping the Public Option

August 9, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

One of President Obama's key allies in the Senate said on Sunday that, although he supports the public option, he has not ruled out passing a health care bill that does not include it.

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How Congress Failed on Foreclosures

August 7, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

A small, mostly unnoticed change that the Senate made to the housing bill has had a major effect on undermining President Obama's plan for stopping foreclosures.

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Congress Links

August 6, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed by the Senate. Cash for clunkers votes are underway. Majority Leader Reid says he won't follow health care deadlines. And the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution approves a bill to end gubernatorial appointments to the Senate. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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Smarter Townhall Meetings

August 6, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

One conservative blogger is trying to turn an August of irate, disruptive town hall into an opportunity for people to ask their members of Congress tough questions based on the actual legislative text of the 1,018-page health care bill.

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The Senate Finance Committee's health care bill hasn't been made public yet, but the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has seen at least some of it, and what they've seen could cause major employment issues from the same group of people that health care reform is supposed to help.

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Congress Links

August 5, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Finance Committee focuses in on Medicaid. Conservatives continue to protest. Former Democratic Rep. William Jefferson is convicted on corruption charges. And lawmakers demand more info on the forged letters from lobbyists urging votes against the climate change bill. That and more in today's roundup of links on Congress.

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