Expanding insurance coverage is important, experts say, but only half the battle. For many Americans, particularly in rural areas, access to high quality health care could remain elusive.
As health care reform moves into the closed-door, intra-party negotiation phase, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is emerging as a champion of a public option, though she has wavered about how tough that plan should be on payouts to providers.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met with other Senate leaders to discuss health reform legislation. During this brief video Senator Reid expresses his support for a public option in the final health care bill, and also declares the time has come to end denial of health insurance based on sex, disability and other "pre-existing" conditions.
While the public wants a public option, and while the President-as-candidate campaigned on the promise of at least something akin to a public option, the Administration has, from day one of the health care reform process, done just about everything it could to say they are “for” a public option “kinda sorta” but “it’s not the defining piece” of health reform. Huh?
Mike Lillis explains why at least one Senator thinks it is critical to include a public option in the bill that ultimately comes to the Senate floor for a vote.
We must repeat the victory of November 2008, this time for health care reform in 2009.
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.
With so much speculation on whether Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) will support the health reform bill finalized by the Senate Finance Committee last week, the world might be surprised to learn that some panel Democrats are also wary of the legislation.
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.
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?