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Franken slams GOP on Senate floor: ‘You’re not entitled to your own facts’

WASHINGTON — In a few moments of heated but controlled anger on the Senate floor Monday evening, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) slammed Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and the GOP for essentially lying about the nature of the Democratic health care bill, suggesting they haven’t read it. “We are entitled to…

Another senator backs out of healthcare compromise

WASHINGTON — Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) has followed the fastidious Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in withdrawing his support from the Senate health care compromise, which jettisoned the public insurance option in favor of a Medicare buy-in program for people 55 years and up. “I am concerned that it’s the…

Maddow: Opt-out is Achilles’ heel of public option

Opt-out clause creates ‘incentive’ for conservative states to harm public health care, Maddow argues The opt-out clause now included in the Senate’s version of health care reform could cause the entire public option to fail, because it would reduce its ability to keep costs down, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow told viewers…

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