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Health reform bill on-track for Christmas Eve passage

Legislation to enact President Barack Obama’s top domestic goal, remaking US health care, was expected to clear a new Senate procedural hurdle Tuesday and stay on track for Christmas passage. The early morning vote, set for about 7:20 am (1220 GMT), was to come one day after the sweeping bill…

Dean, Lieberman point to Obama for death of public option

WASHINGTON — A consistent narrative is emerging from various sides of the health care debate: the White House is largely responsible for the removal of the popular public option from the reform legislation. Two key players in the debate — Howard Dean and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) — have essentially…

Teabaggers promise ‘pink slip’ for Reid in new ad

WASHINGTON — Following Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) success in uniting Democrats around health reform, one Tea Party group has launched a new effort to defeat his re-election bid next year. “Harry Reid is going to get what’s due him,” reads a fundraising email from the Our Country Deserves Better PAC,…

Upset over health care, McCain compares Democrats to Bernie Madoff

WASHINGTON — Health care for everyone is like a giant Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. At least according to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Tempers are flying high over the successful health care cloture motion, and the reputedly hot-headed senator on Monday accused Democrats of engaging in a Madoff-like ploy to rip…

Nelson: Tax the rich and I’ll oppose health care bill

WASHINGTON — Hours before Democrats passed a historic cloture motion to advance the health care bill, one of its critical backers announced that his vote remains conditional on a set of demands. It had better not tax the rich, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) said Sunday in an appearance on CNN’s…

Firedoglake: Kill the Senate health bill

Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher – founder of the liberal blog Firedoglake — has called on her readers in a public petition to oppose the Senate healthcare bill, arguing that it is a giveaway to lobbyists and health insurance companies and filled with loopholes. The petition follows, and is available at this…

Breaking filibuster, Senate healthcare bill advances

Landmark health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama passed its sternest Senate test in the pre-dawn hours early Monday, overcoming Republican delaying tactics on a 60-40 vote that all but assures its passage by Christmas. “Let’s make history,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, shortly before the bill’s supporters demonstrated…

Feingold slams Obama for losing public option

The White House on Sunday urged lawmakers to pass contentious health care reform, saying that the watered-down version of a bill before the Senate still accomplishes the president’s goals of changing the troubled system. The president’s push was not welcomed by all members of his party, with a lead Senate…

Public option inventor: ‘I still believe in this bill”

WASHINGTON — The intellectual father of the public option on Sunday declared that its removal from the health care bill was not reason enough to oppose the legislation. “It would therefore be tempting for me,” Hacker wrote in an op-ed for The New Republic, “to side with Howard Dean and…

McCain blames Obama for partisan climate in DC

The responsibility for the most partisan atmosphere in Washington history goes to President Barack Obama, according to Sen. John McCain. “[Obama] said there would be a change in the climate in Washington,” McCain told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “There’s been a change. It’s more partisan. It’s more bitterly divided than…

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