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The Two Mitts

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Posted on May 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Romney’s First Plan as President: Nix Obamacare

Demonstrating that peculiar Republican penchant for believing that the free market solves all that ails our nation, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney proclaimed in an Op-Ed on Wednesday that he’d do away with the current president’s hard-won health care legislation ... (more)

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE


Obamacare Makes a Wish

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Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Gives States Health Care Options

Perhaps shoring himself up for campaign 2012, President Obama announced Monday that he would give individual states the choice to opt out of his health care plan if they can come up with a viable alternative—but regardless, they’ll have to wait until 2017.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE



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GOP Plotting to Block Funds for Health Care Law

It may not happen right away, but for his part, Rep. Eric Cantor, otherwise known as House majority leader, has put it out there that his GOP House squad is planning to introduce language into upcoming legislation that will prevent the dreaded Obamacare law from being funded.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE


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Health Care Repeal Shot Down in Senate

As expected, the Republican-backed plan to take down Obama’s prized health care reform law didn’t enjoy the same traction in the Senate that it picked up in the House, as senators voted Wednesday along party lines to block the push for repeal.

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Another Federal Judge Challenges Health Care Law

On Monday, another federal judge from our nation’s south made a bid to squelch President Obama’s big health care win from last year by arguing that the mandatory health insurance component of the law makes the whole thing unconstitutional.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


Again With the Health Care Debate

And ... they’re off! The reinvigorated tussle over what GOP types in particular like to refer to as “Obamacare” began Tuesday in the House of Representatives, as opponents of the health care reform legislation passed last year ...

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


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Time for More Health Care Fun on Capitol Hill

After a break in routine operation following the Tucson shooting rampage, the House of Representatives was ready for another round of debate over health care reform on Tuesday, with the newly emboldened GOP at the ready to push for a repeal. But will the Republicans prevail?

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

GOP Gears Up to Take Down Health Care Reform

Emboldened by their big wins in last fall’s midterm elections, Republican members of Congress are sharpening their battle axes with the aim of hacking away at the health care reform legislation that President Obama and the Democrats took such great pains to pass ...

Posted on Jan 4, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Virginia Judge Opens Fire on Health Care Reform

It’s not like nobody saw this coming, but Monday, one Judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, Va., kicked off the next round of attacks on what the right still likes to call “Obamacare” by contesting the constitutionality ...

Posted on Dec 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Victorious Foe of Government Health Care Demands Government Health Care

And the hypocrite-of-the-day award goes to Andy Harris of Maryland. The incoming Republican congressman who campaigned against “Obamacare” caused a stir Monday when he complained that his government-subsidized congressional health care coverage would be delayed a month.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Health Care Bill Might Make ‘the Pill’ Free

Catholic groups are less than thrilled at the prospect that Uncle Sam might get into the contraception business. Nonetheless, a panel set to convene this month could decide that preventing unwanted pregnancies qualifies as the kind of complementary preventive care for women required by Obamacare.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


Running on Obamacare

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Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Prop. 8, Jobs and Spanish Getaways

With the job market in a scary slump and a slow economy to boot, President Obama may be in for a politically treacherous time. Is Prop. 8 a human rights or a moral issue? And what’s with all the hubbub about Michelle Obama in Spain?

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Jae C. Hong

Who’s Afraid of Health Care Reform?

After days of protests over reform, the Obama administration has, in fact, created a change that many Americans can now see and feel. The new law, though imperfect, represents progress in a new direction. However, it seems that for this step forward some Americans have taken two steps back. 

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


‘Your Kid Is Ugly’

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Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE


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GOP Launches Final Health Care Attack in Senate

If you can’t beat ’em, hit ’em with a bunch of amendments they’d have a hard time opposing. That was apparently the strategy of Republicans hoping to throw a wrench into the health care reform works in the Senate on Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

The Moderate Republican: An Endangered Species

Boy, the Republicans know how to make Barack Obama look good. What are they going to do now, threaten to repeal a law that forces insurance companies to cover the sick? Or block the provision that allows you to keep your out-of-work kids on your policy until they are 26?

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


O'Reilly

O’Reilly Revels in Correctness After ‘Obamacare’ Vote

After the health care reform bill cleared the House on Sunday, were Fox Newsers like Bill O’Reilly forced to eat their hats? Never! Or, at least, not in O’Reilly’s case. In fact, he’d like to point out, as he did on Monday’s “O’Reilly Factor” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Obama Makes Health Care Reform Official

After months of partisan bickering, “Obamacare” paranoia and tea-party whimsy, President Obama made the health care reform bill law on Tuesday, signing it with studied deliberation as Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others from among Fox News’ most beloved federal officials looked on.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama: ‘If This Vote Fails, the Insurance Industry Will Continue to Run Amok’

Barack Obama, speaking Friday at George Mason University, struck a confident pose during his last-leg speech about health care reform. The president waxed nostalgic about his days on the campaign trail before declaring that the controversy over health care reform is “not only about the cost of health care ... it’s a debate about the character of our country.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama Slams ‘Insurance Company Abuses’ at Health Care Rally

“Improper payments” figured among the many symptoms of an ailing health care system that President Obama railed against during a pep rally for health care reform near St. Louis on Wednesday—the latest stop in his U.S. tour to drum up support for his controversial cause.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ted S. Warren

A Calamity in the Making

A major reason for enacting health reform is the fate of elderly and disabled patients—especially the indigent—in nursing homes and assisted-care facilities. Nobody is affected more by the confluence of the health care stalemate and the recession than these patients.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Losing the Health Care Battle Is Not an Option

Just pass the damn thing. If the health care bill fails, President Barack Obama’s legacy could be limited to the failing war in Afghanistan. Worse yet, many thousands more Americans will die because they don’t have adequate medical care.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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What Massachusetts Got Right

The president got creamed in Massachusetts. No amount of blaming this disastrous outcome on the weaknesses of the local Democratic candidate or her Republican opponent’s strengths can gainsay that fact.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Evan Vucci

Senate Passes Health Care Bill

Meeting its Christmas Eve deadline, the Senate passed its version of the health care reform legislation that’s been rankling Republicans (and even some from the left) for months now.

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Harry Hamburg

Senate Leaps Health Care Hurdle

The Senate health care bill found 60 votes and cleared a major obstacle Monday morning. The diluted bill—which is expected to win final approval in the Senate this week—is a far cry from the public option-based draft initially proposed months ago. Nonetheless it aims to provide health coverage for 30 million who are now uninsured.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE


Stewart

‘Daily Show’: The Men Who Stare at Votes

We all saw the shenanigans that transpired outside the Capitol during last Thursday’s wingnut clusterf ... “House Call” health care rally organized by the certifiable Rep. Michele Bachmann, but the freak show from the inner chambers of Congress was even better in the final lead-up to Saturday’s House vote on health care reform legislation.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Baucus & Co. Shoot Down Public Option Amendment

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and his merry band of legislators on Tuesday nixed an amendment proposing that a government-backed “public option” be included in Baucus’ contested health care reform plan, using the argument that the public option addition would further diminish the bill’s chances of passing.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


Stewart

‘Daily Show’: Mad Men on the March

After an extended vacation, Jon Stewart returned to his “Daily Show” anchor’s desk Monday—and not a moment too soon, as the national epidemic of crazitude hasn’t calmed down since he left, especially when it comes to the subject of health care reform.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

Whither Obamacare?; Pelosi Says No on Afghanistan; 9/11 Remembered

It was a big week in political news, what with the kerfuffle about Obama’s education speech and then the hubbub over ... Obama’s health care speech. Anyone see a pattern?  “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington and Tony Blankley just might.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama’s Choice: Is It Really Such a Tough Call?

Sure, being POTUS is tough sometimes, and you’re bound to royally tick off a large percentage of your constituency no matter what you do. But in the case of health care reform, President Obama, you have one Lee Stranahan to help you break this one down.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobless Labor Day, Afghan Plans, Obamacare

President Obama’s got a lot of work to do to convince “Left, Right & Center” regulars Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Robert Scheer that he’s going to make good on his promise of “change” when it comes to bettering Americans’ health care options, the economy, the job market and that whole war thing he’s got going on in Afghanistan.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Barney Frank’s Town Hall Throwdown

Ever wonder whether it gets a touch exasperating for politicians to face angry throngs of American citizens at those unruly gatherings everyone quaintly insists on calling “town hall meetings”? Well, witness Barney Frank, here, on the brink of a town hall snap (or two) in this bit from Wednesday’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Euphemisms for Euthanasia

What exactly do those dastardly Democrats mean when they talk about “community standards” vis-à-vis health care reform? Only one thing, of course—death panels! But hold on, Mr. Gingrich and Mme. Palin, where are either of those terms written anywhere in the reform proposals?

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


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