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We no longer have the votes to pass healthcare, Barney Frank reportedly says

After posts suggesting that local constituents contact Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) about his comments on the prospects of the Democrats’ healthcare bill, the powerful Massachusetts congressman has purportedly told callers his party doesn’t have the votes in the House to ensure passage. “I live in Barney Frank’s district, and I…

Whistleblower reveals how insurers can game healthcare bill

Though Senate bill cuts ‘pre-existing conditions,’ it still allows insurance companies to create ‘pre-existing’ categories to raise rates The Democrats’ healthcare overhaul, billed as a monumental game-changer for Americans’ health insurance coverage, provides numerous loopholes for health insurance companies which will allow them to raise rates to protect profit margins,…

SF mayor calls Obama failure to support gay marriage ‘inexcusable’

Gavin Newsom, the photogenic San Francisco mayor who recently dropped his hat into the California governor’s race and then withdrew, expressed visceral frustration with President Barack Obama in an article published Wednesday. The latest in a string of Obama critiques by gay rights advocates, Newsom’s comments come on the eve…

Dean: Bush would have had healthcare a long time ago

Howard Dean seems to be sick of Democrats’ bipartisan attitude. In sharply worded comments Tuesday night following the loss of former Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) Senate seat, the former chairman of the Democratic Party asserted that party leaders needed to bypass their quest for sixty Senate votes. “We’ve got to…

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…

Comic: ‘Our dream to deprive millions of healthcare is within reach’

Popular online comic Andy Borowitz often has his own farcical take on current events — and today is no exception. Turning his sights on the special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Borowitz suggests that a Republican victory will be a victory for…

Stewart: Kennedy legacy losing to ‘naked guy that owns a truck’

Democrats are concerned that they could lose the Senate race in Massachusetts to Republican Scott Brown because it might derail President Barack Obama’s domestic agenda. The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart wants to know why Democrats wouldn’t be able to pass legislation with an 18-vote majority in the Senate — which…

Pelosi: A Brown win ‘doesn’t mean we won’t have a health care bill’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appears to be undaunted by the special election in Massachusetts. Speaking to reporters on Monday she suggested that even if Republican Scott Brown becomes a Senator from Massachusetts, it “doesn’t mean we won’t have a health care bill.” Instead, it would simply be “a…

Massachusetts could elect senator who supports waterboarding

The Republican state senator vying to fill the Senate seat recently vacated by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) says he doesn’t believe waterboarding — where a suspect is effectively temporarily drowned — is torture. State senator Scott Brown’s candidacy has taken Massachusetts by storm and political analysts by surprise.…

Poll: Brown holds lead in Massachusetts Senate race

Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat may fall to Republicans after more than fifty years of Democrats holding the seat — Democratic control of Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat dates back to 1953, when the elder John F. Kennedy held the position. According to the latest Public Policy poll, Republican state senator Scott…

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