Super Committee to the Rescue

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The recent debt ceiling negotiation wrestling match resulted in the United States losing its AAA credit rating and also resulted in the creation of a new committee. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the Supercommittee or Super Congress, was created by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on August 2.

The Emerging Anti-Trade Coalition, and Its Dangers

Reed Smoot (R-UT; chairman of Senate Finance Committee), Willis Hawley (R-OR; chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee) - sponsors of Tariff Act of 1930.

Robert Reich: Isolationism and nationalism are the handmaidens of an economically anxious and frustrated middle class. That was the lesson we learned 80 years ago, but forgot.

Margaret Flowers Makes the Continuing Case for Single-Payer Reform

According to PNHP, this would save more than $400 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.

The Audacity of Greed: How Private Health Insurers Just Blew Their Cover

Health Care System Lock Out

So, insurance companies, we’ve got news for you. We’re going to make sure Americans have the freedom to choose a public insurance option that’s cheaper and better, and you’re going to have to work hard to keep them your customers.

Report Details Dangers of Denying Health Care Coverage to Legal Immigrants

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Unfortunately, the majority of the debate over immigration and health care reform has taken place in a “no fact zone.” Immigrant advocates know this place well—myths and misinformation are repeated and spread, while factual information that could aid good policy is largely ignored

So Much Happening in Washington and So Little to Show for It, So Far

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The public doesn’t know what’s going on because the national media would rather report on the sexual escapades of famous people or social trends or high finance (a recent Pew study of economic reporting shows the vast majority of stories about the Great Recession have focused on Wall Street rather than Main Street).

The Public Option Lives On

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Big Pharma and Big Insurance hate the public insurance option even more than they hate big Medicare discounts. And although the President has sounded as if he would welcome it, political operatives in the White House have quietly reassured the industries that it won’t be included in the final bill.

Health Insurance Inaction More Likely to Kill You Than a Drunk Driver or Psychotic Murderer

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In roughly the time it takes to read this article, one American dies of not having health insurance or access to care. Take two down if you are a slow reader.

Grassley Still Not Satisified With Baucus Bill’s ‘Illegal Alien’ Provisions

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Grassley’s first point of criticism is a transparent attempt to derail the health care debate by pivoting to a contentious discussion on the use of REAL ID-compliant licenses and identifications cards.

Why Is Max Baucus Even a Democrat?

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus finally produced his own health care bill earlier this week – and it’s an absolute gift to the insurance industry.

LA Progressive: September 7 to 13, 2009 — Tables of Contents

OpedNews Journalist and Six Protesters Arrested At “Army Experience Center” in Philadelphia. Six members of various anti-war groups were arrested today at a protest organized to shut down The Army Experience Center, located in Franklin Mills Mall. -Linda Milazzo UK Perspective: Where Have You Gone Teddy, Tip, and Ronnie? President Obama presented a strong hybrid [...]

Why the Gang of Six is Deciding Health Care for Three Hundred Million of Us

Senate Finance "Gang of Six," clockwise from upper left: Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota;Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming., Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico; and Olympia Snowe R-Maine.

Why has it come down to these six? Who anointed them? Apparently, the White House. At least that’s what I’m repeatedly being told by sources both on the Hill and in the Administration.

Long and Winding Road to Universal Healthcare

State Senator (Ret.) Sheila Kuehl

Even as Obama takes his case for comprehensive health care reform to the country, only a cockeyed optimist could believe Congress will soon produce anything remotely resembling the universal healthcare.

Obamacare Warring with Itself Over Future Costs

Douglas Elmendorf, head of the Congressional Budget Office

Now is the time for the President to begin twisting arms and knocking heads. To control long-term costs, he’ll also have to take away some of the goodies that have been promised to the health-industrial complex, and maybe even cross Big Labor.

The Health Care Clock, and Why Obama Has to Act Quickly

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If bills aren’t passed in the House and Senate before August 7th, the fights in both chambers over the public option and money will carry over into the Fall, where they’ll become more intense and more prolonged.

How Pharma and Insurance Intend to Kill the Public Option, and What Obama and the Rest of Us Must Do

Olympia Snowe

I’ve poked around Washington today, talking with friends on the Hill who confirm the worst: Big Pharma and Big Insurance are gaining ground in their campaign to kill the public option in the emerging health care bill. You know why, of course. They don’t want a public option that would compete with private insurers and [...]

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