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Major unions line up against Senate health bill

Two of the nation’s largest, most influential unions expressed serious reservations Thursday about the Senate health care bill, with the AFL-CIO coalition calling it “inadequate and too tilted toward the insurance industry.” “The absolute refusal of Republicans in the Senate to support health care reform and the hijacking of the…

Dean says kill the Senate health bill: report

Update: Dean tells Good Morning America that he thinks health bill should be scrapped: Video at bottom WASHINGTON — Following the jettisoning of both the public option and the Medicare buy-in provision, one of the nation’s leading progressive voices on health care reportedly said Tuesday that the Senate bill is…

Lieberman falsely insists he didn’t change mind on Medicare buy-in

WASHINGTON — Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on Tuesday denied having reversed his position on the Medicare buy-in compromise. The provision has been put forth in lieu of the public option, and allows individuals aged 55 to 64 the opportunity to part-take in Medicare. “I didn’t change my mind on the…

135,000 uninsured Americans will die before health reform takes effect, analysis finds

Over 6,600 uninsured veterans will die by 2013: estimate If Democrats manage to pull off efforts to reform the US healthcare system and ensure coverage for millions who are currently without insurance, the new system — by design — will likely still leave tens of thousands to die without insurance…

Democrats cede more on health bill, including Medicare buy-in

Senate Democrats have ceded yet more crucial components of President Obama’s health reforms, dropping proposals for both a public option and Medicare buy-in, apparently caving to push-back from Republicans and centrist Democrats, according to a published report. “The general consensus was that [...] we shouldn’t make the perfect the enemy…

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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