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Weekly Pulse: The Swine Flu Postgame Show

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is arguing that the new Democratic super-majority in the Senate, created by Arlen Specter’s party switch, is a golden opportunity to achieve national healthcare.

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Weekly Pulse: Days of Swine and Poses

Tuesday, Senate Republicans prioritized human life over anti-abortion grandstanding and confirmed Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Weekly Pulse: A Timetable for Reform

Senators Max Baucus and Ted Kennedy have set a timetable for healthcare reform by this fall – a major step on the road to passing legislation this year.

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Weekly Pulse: Signs of Hope in the Senate

Prospects for passing a healthcare bill this year have brightened noticeably, thanks to a Senate seat pickup in Minnesota, support for the budget reconciliation strategy, and overtures towards bipartisanship from key Republicans.

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Weekly Pulse: Reconciliation and Discrimination in Health Care

The House version of the just-passed budget includes critical language that could open the door for healthcare reform in 2009 – and not a moment too soon.

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Weekly Pulse: Key Dems Back Public Insurance Option

The chairs of five key congressional committees have finalized a plan for healthcare reform, and their blueprint includes a critical public option.

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Weekly Pulse: Flipping the Byrd on Health Care Reform

This week, the healthcare reform debate churned on behind the scenes as the economic crisis and Treasury Secretary Geithner’s latest bank rescue plan dominated the news cycle.

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Weekly Pulse: Drugs, Sex, and Single Payer

Now that Obama has chosen his top healthcare advisers, the administration is beginning to chart a course for healthcare reform. Not surprisingly, there is vigorous debate about what our a new healthcare system would look like, and how to pay for it.

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Weekly Pulse: Why the Stem Cell Reversal Is Not a Total Victory

Now that Obama has reversed Bush’s executive order, scientists will be allowed to study stem cells from any lineage, including newly created lines, without jeopardizing their federal funding. But where will these new lines of stem cells come from?

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Weekly Pulse: DeParle, Sebelius to Head Health Reform

Obama’s pick for health czar, Nancy-Ann DeParle, will be responsible for shepherding healthcare reform legislation through Congress and HHS Secretary, nominee Kathleen Sebelius, would be responsible for implementing the plan.

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