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Dean: ‘If the Republicans hate it, there must be some good in it’

As health care reform legislation grinds its way through Congress, the list of those opposing it has ballooned, and a week ago former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean was among them. Now, however, Dean says he has defected from the “Kill the Bill” caucus, laughingly telling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow…

Nurses explain how health bill could make crisis worse

‘Unchecked influence of health industry lobbyists’ means bill could be weakened in the future, union’s reps say The newly-formed nurses’ “mega-union” has issued a scathing indictment of the Senate health bill expected to be voted on this week, calling it a “deeply flawed” piece of legislation that could make the…

Burris reads Christmas poem slamming GOP on Senate floor

WASHINGTON — Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) harnessed his Christmas spirit on Tuesday with a mostly-rhyming poem attacking Republicans for obstructing health care reform. Burris read his own version of Clement Clarke Moore’s famous work “A Visit From St. Nicholas” on the Senate floor, in which he playfully accused Republicans of…

C-SPAN helps MSNBC show and prove hypocrisy by McCain

The missing C-SPAN footage showing Sen. John McCain preventing a Democratic senator from getting an extra 30 seconds to finish a speech has been found. The Republican senator from Arizona was outraged last week when Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who was presiding over the Senate, prevented Sen. Joe Lieberman from…

Health reform bill on-track for Christmas Eve passage

Legislation to enact President Barack Obama’s top domestic goal, remaking US health care, was expected to clear a new Senate procedural hurdle Tuesday and stay on track for Christmas passage. The early morning vote, set for about 7:20 am (1220 GMT), was to come one day after the sweeping bill…

Dean, Lieberman point to Obama for death of public option

WASHINGTON — A consistent narrative is emerging from various sides of the health care debate: the White House is largely responsible for the removal of the popular public option from the reform legislation. Two key players in the debate — Howard Dean and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) — have essentially…

Firedoglake: Kill the Senate health bill

Firedoglake’s Jane Hamsher – founder of the liberal blog Firedoglake — has called on her readers in a public petition to oppose the Senate healthcare bill, arguing that it is a giveaway to lobbyists and health insurance companies and filled with loopholes. The petition follows, and is available at this…

Breaking filibuster, Senate healthcare bill advances

Landmark health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama passed its sternest Senate test in the pre-dawn hours early Monday, overcoming Republican delaying tactics on a 60-40 vote that all but assures its passage by Christmas. “Let’s make history,” said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, shortly before the bill’s supporters demonstrated…

Feingold slams Obama for losing public option

The White House on Sunday urged lawmakers to pass contentious health care reform, saying that the watered-down version of a bill before the Senate still accomplishes the president’s goals of changing the troubled system. The president’s push was not welcomed by all members of his party, with a lead Senate…

Dean hopes health bill can be fixed after Senate vote

Dr. Howard Dean did not allow NBC’s David Gregory to corner him into advising other Democrats to vote no. He wouldn’t vote for the Senate’s current health insurance reform bill, but he isn’t giving up on the process. After the Senate passes their bill, Dean hopes that provisions in the…

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