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Weekly Pulse: Finance Committee Passes Health Bill

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee finally passed its health care bill. The bill passed by a vote of 14-9. All the Democrats, plus Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) voted in favor. As we know, it doesn’t include a public option.

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Daily Pulse: Meet America’s Biggest Anti-Health Reform Crusader

A progressive advocate suggests ways in which the Dems can win on health reform, while an anti-health reform crusader talks to Daily Pulse about why he seeks to foil passage.

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Daily Pulse: “I Love My Socialist Kidney”

To most Americans, single-payer health care seems like political science fiction, but most don’t realize we already have single-payer options: Medicare (for the aged) and Medicaid (for the poor). Jennifer Nix knows first hand about single payer….

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Daily Pulse: Finance Committee Rejects Public Option

The Senate Finance Committee debated two amendments yesterday that would have included a public option into the committee’s reform bill. Both were defeated.

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Daily Pulse: Public Option Is Alive and Kicking

Reports of the death of the public option were greatly exaggerated. In fact, Democrats now have a chance to move further to the left. Also, can reproductive choice help reverse climate change?

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Daily Pulse: Interview with Howard Dean (VIDEO exclusive!)

Lindsay Beyerstein’s exclusive interview with Dr. Howard Dean, former chair of the DNC and 2004 presidential hopeful, about the prospects of passing health care reform. 

 

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Daily Pulse: Astroturfing the Public Option

The Senate Finance Committee is slogging through literally hundreds of proposed amendments to the Baucus health care reform bill. The bill still doesn’t have a public option, but there’s a good chance that insurance subsidies will be revised upwards

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Daily Pulse: Women’s Health Beyond Pink Ribbons

While the Senate Finance Committee tinkers with the Baucus Bill, First Lady Michelle Obama is taking center stage in the health care reform debate. But Mrs. Obama is expected to steer clear of policy issues.

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Daily Pulse: It Could Happen to You

Opponents of health reform are stating that millions of Americans will lose their employer-based coverage under a public option. What they don’t tell you is that employers can stop offering coverage at any time with no fallback.

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Daily Pulse: Obama’s Health Care Speech

The President’s speech was impressive, but as John Nichols of the Nation observed, hardly a rousing “to-the-barricades” oration. The proposed “limited public exchange” is not what supporters had in mind but won’t “threaten” insurance companies.

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