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Democrats’ talking points: We can’t pass legislation anymore, despite majority

Democrats have conceded they can no longer pass healthcare on their own, ensuring that their key legislative reform either dies or accepts further compromises to gain approval from Republican members. What’s more, they’ve decided to outline their case to the public through a set of talking points issued to Democrats…

Obama concedes: Don’t ‘jam through’ health care reform

UPDATE: Congressional Democrats, with the apparent blessing of President Barack Obama, are looking at pushing through a scaled-down version of the health reform bills that they think may pass Congress in the wake of their loss of a filibuster-proof supermajority, news reports say. The Associated Press reports: A simpler, less…

Top blogger on health care: ‘Walk away, get slaughtered’

WASHINGTON — As profound divisions emerge among Democrats over health reform following Republican Scott Brown’s victory on Tuesday, leading progressives are pleading they pass a bill, warning that failure will be disastrous. “If the Democrats, either from the left or the right, walk away from reform, they will get slaughtered…

House Democrats reluctant to take up Senate healthcare bill

Could signal end for healthcare reform bill In an ominous sign for President Barack Obama, Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives said Tuesday night they were unlikely to quickly take up the Senate’s version of healthcare legislation, signaling that the president’s signature issue could be doomed. The announcement came…

Dodd: Health reform bill ‘hanging by a thread’

On his way out the door, retiring Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) has some bad news for health reform advocates still cheering the late December Senate vote. “Health care reform is ‘hanging on by a thread,’ and one or two votes could determine the outcome of the heavily-debated bill, Democratic Sen.…

Obama: Healths reforms will be felt this year

US President Barack Obama promised on Saturday that Americans will see the effects of health reform this year, saying Congress is “on the verge” of approving the overhaul the nation’s health care system. “Now, it’ll take a few years to fully implement these reforms in a responsible way,” Obama said…

‘You’re Josephine Goebbels,’ Colbert tells White House spokeswoman

White House spokeswoman Linda Douglass appeared on the Colbert Report to debunk rumors that she had compared health care reform opponents to Nazis. Earlier this week, conservative blogger Erick Erickson told Stephen Colbert that Linda Douglass has compared health care reform opponents to “brownshirts” so he decided to dub her…

Olbermann: Health reform opponents ‘approve’ 45,000 deaths a year

Conservative radio host Neal Boortz stirred up controversy on Monday with a Twitter posting saying, “ObamaCare will do more damage than a successful terrorist bombing of an airliner …and kill more people as well.” Boortz, who has a well-deserved reputation for making deliberately offensive remarks, has been an active promoter…

David Brooks prefers single-payer to status quo

Conservative columnist David Brooks expressed support Sunday for a system of health care otherwise demonized in the press by the right wing. “I wouldn’t mind a single-payer. Frankly I prefer a single-payer to what we have now,” Brooks told ABC’s Jake Tapper. Brooks’ support for single-payer comes late in the…

House Rep. stole voter data before defecting to GOP, Dems say

A US House representative from Alabama took voter registration information from Democratic Party offices before defecting to the GOP, the Alabama branch of the Democratic Party says. Rep. Parker Griffith announced his switch to the Republican Party on Tuesday, telling the press he can “no longer align [him]self with a…

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