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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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Limit “abstinence only” programs to the U.S. Senate

With little debate and even less reasoning the Senate Finance Committee recently included in its health care legislation 50 million dollars for
teaching abstinence only sex education classes in schools. 

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Senate Finance Committee Passes Health Reform Bill…Now on to Next Steps

The Senate Finance Committee has passed its version of a health care reform bill, 14 to 9. One Republican, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), voted in favor of the bill.

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Roundup: US Conference of Catholic Bishops Continue to Press for Denying Women Abortion Coverage

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops continues to try to legislate Catholic theology as a governing principal of the American health care system, irrespective of public health evidence or the principals of separation of church and state.

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Finance Committee Dems No Rubber Stamp for Health Reform

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.

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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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Roundup: GOP Supports Big Government: Under Your Bed, In Your Bed, and In Your Medicine Chest

Those wild and crazy Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee can’t make up their minds about big government! They like big government subsidies if they are from farm states with lots of farmers (alive, dead, whose counting?), but they don’t like big government subsidies for poor women seeking, say, contraceptive supplies, breast and cervical cancer treatment, or testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (bad, bad, bad!).

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Ab-Only Programs: What Part of “They Don’t Work” Is Hard to Understand?

Over 80 percent of ab-only curricula provides misleading, medically inaccurate information about contraception and sex, yet the Senate finance committee voted to fund these programs. What part of “they don’t work” is hard to understand?

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To Congress on Health Reform: Improve It and Move It!

The America’s Healthy Futures Act takes important steps to fix a broken system, but still fails miserably when it comes to making coverage affordable for those who need it most. We’ve waited long enough. The Senate needs to improve it and move it!

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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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