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Alan Grayson Redux

8:00 pm Oct. 27, 2009

The most interesting job in Washington, D.C. might be that of Todd Jurkowski, a former TV reporter who is the press secretary for Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), the Congressman who keeps getting himself into the news, and not always in a good way. On Tuesday, Jurkowski had to issue another written statement from …

Long Term Care

7:58 pm Oct. 27, 2009

Democrats are considering plans to add a new long-term care for seniors program to the health reform legislation now in the Congress, but the move could actually cost them some votes. The issue is what’s known as the CLASS Act, a bill backed by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, designed …

Senate Health Update

12:20 pm Oct. 27, 2009

It’s a busy day in the hallways off the Senate Chamber, as it’s become clear that Sen. Harry Reid does not have 60 votes right now for a health reform bill with a public insurance option. First, two GOP Senators who Democrats have talked about possibly supporting health reform made …

Jobless Benefits Battle

8:38 pm Oct. 26, 2009

Republicans and Democrats are playing a classic game of legislative chicken in the Senate on a move to extend benefits for the long term unemployed.  How long it goes on and who benefits politically isn’t quite clear. Democrats want to act quickly on a plan that would extend jobless benefits by …

Roll The Dice

8:37 pm Oct. 26, 2009

Short on votes, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has decided to go forward anyway with health reform legislation that would include setting up new flavor of the public health insurance option that liberals want as part of that bill. The plan is known as “opt-out”, because it would allow states …

Senate Climate Change

11:28 am Oct. 26, 2009

Senate hearings get underway in earnest today on climate change legislation, as Democrats try to find some momentum for what’s known as the Cap and Trade bill.  It won’t be easy. Four Cabinet officials will be on hand today in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, as the chietains …

Government Insurance Overdrive

8:23 pm Oct. 25, 2009

So much attention has been given in recent weeks in the halls of Congress to the battle over a public health insurance option.  And yet, there are so many more potential land mines out there for Democrats in a health reform bill. But the idea of a government-run insurance arm, …

Maybe Next Year?

8:21 pm Oct. 25, 2009

We are now into the last week in October, as Democrats play a Big Ten style of political, field position football, trying to grind their way down the field on health care reform.  It prompts a good question – When Will It End? We’ll see if we get legislative language …

Health Waiting Lists

7:58 pm Oct. 25, 2009

While the health reform bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee isn’t going to be the final product of Democrats in Congress, it’s still instructive to look at.  Especially when the phrase “waiting lists” is used. At issue is Section 2215 on page 39, “Temporary High Risk Pools For Individuals …

No Health Amendments?

10:37 am Oct. 23, 2009

At the end of a Friday morning news conference on health care reform, Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised the possibility of not allowing any amendments to be offered on the House floor to the Democratic health care bill.  Pelosi was asked by a reporter about abortion and health care reform, as …