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Schwarzenegger calls GOP approach to health care ‘bogus’

Breaking with the national Republican Party for the second time this week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) told reporters Monday that GOP attempts to stall health care reform were out of line. “I think any Republican that says you should start from scratch,” with health care, “I think that’s bogus…

Obama plans to relaunch health reform legislation

In a crucial week of high wire politics, Barack Obama is seeking to transform his top priority health care plan, now a liability for his presidency, into a trump card to outwit Republicans. But ahead of the president’s bipartisan health “summit” on Thursday, Republicans also think they may have a…

‘Not clear’ if GOP can stop reconciliation on health care

The Senate’s top Republican told Fox News’ Chris Wallace he isn’t sure if the Senate can be stopped from passing health care reform using budget reconciliation. Reconciliation is a parliamentary budget maneuver that circumvents the filibuster and would allow Senate Democrats to pass reform without any support from Republicans, on…

Rep. Garamendi: ‘Unending negotiations’ damaged health care bill

Insurance companies ‘used Tea Party’ to try and kill bill WASHINGTON — Newly minted Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) has watched the health care reform process unfold both as an insider and outsider to Washington. Noting that its future is now in jeopardy, the freshman congressman believes debate should have ended…

Olbermann: New GOP strategy is ‘say anything’

Keith Olbermann believes that Republicans are looking to old John Cusack movies for strategy tips. “Between John McCain’s self-contradiction [on repealing Don't ask, don't tell] and Frank Luntz’ position, ‘just lie,’ [about regulatory reform],” Olbermann said Tuesday on his MSNBC show. “The Republicans are slowly revealing their newest policy: say…

Frank Luntz to GOP: Tout ‘Washington’s incompetence’ to kill financial reform

WASHINGTON — Republican pollster and strategist Frank Luntz turned many heads this summer when he penned a report detailing how the GOP can sink health care reform. Now, a new document indicates he’s at it again, this time plotting to kill financial regulatory reform. Like his health care paper, Luntz’…

Consumer groups: Breaking up banks ‘crucial’ to avoid another meltdown

Volcker rule ‘most important reform initiative’ WASHINGTON — As the Senate debates financial reform, consumer groups are urging Congress to break up the biggest banks and impose strict limits on proprietary lending, virtually guaranteeing a “repeat” of the 2008 meltdown if those actions aren’t taken. The two components comprise the…

Krugman: Obama spending freeze ‘appalling on every level’

Liberal economist Paul Krugman, one of the Obama administration’s supporters on healthcare reform and an advocate of the progressive economic policy embraced by Obama while he was running for office, is dialing it back. Last week, he said he’d “almost given up” on the president after his pullback from the…

Pelosi: House can’t pass Senate bill now

Dems mull reconciliation to push through reforms: report House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi says there aren’t enough votes in the House to pass the Senate version of health reform, but what that means for the future of health reform is far from clear. “In its present form without any changes…

Krugman: ‘I’m pretty close to giving up on Obama’

“Health care reform — which is crucial for millions of Americans — hangs in the balance,” NYT columnist Paul Krugman opined Thursday. “Progressives are desperately in need of leadership; more specifically, House Democrats need to be told to pass the Senate bill, which isn’t what they wanted but is vastly…

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