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Watch: Franken smacks down Lieberman on Senate floor

In what may have been a reflection of progressives’ anger towards Sen. Joe Lieberman, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken shut down a speech by Lieberman on the Senate floor Thursday, refusing to give the Connecticut independent extra time to finish a statement on health care reform. While that move instantly angered…

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…

Nelson stalls health bill over anti-abortion demands

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson said Thursday he won’t support the Senate health bill in its current form, saying he’s still not satisfied that the bill will prevent federal funding from going to abortions. The senator from Nebraska became the focus of Democrats’ efforts Thursday to rally the 60 votes they…

Olbermann: ‘Not health, not care, not reform’

Clearly as disappointed in the resulting Senate healthcare bill as many progressives are today, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann gave a preview of his ‘Special Comment’ that aired on Countdown Wednesday evening in a diary at Daily Kos, ” There could not be a finer line between the words compromise and compromised…

Sanders: ‘As of this point’ I’m not voting for bill

In what may be a huge setback for the Democratic leadership, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Wednesday on the Fox Business Network that “as of this point” he cannot vote for the Senate health care bill after the concessions recently made to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT). “He wants to strengthen…

Michael Moore ‘holds Connecticut responsible’ for public option failure

Progressive filmmaker Michael Moore has called for a boycott of the state of Connecticut if voters there don’t start an effort to unseat Sen. Joe Lieberman. “People of Connecticut: What have u done 2 this country?” Moore asked in a Tweet Wednesday afternoon. “We hold u responsible. Start recall of…

WH slams Dean: ‘No rational person’ would oppose health bill ‘at this point’

UPDATE White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday became the latest Democrat to offer a sharp rebuttal to Howard Dean over the former Vermont governor’s call to “kill” the Senate health care bill now that the bill includes neither a public option nor a Medicare buy-in option. “I would…

Sanders: America will embrace single-payer health care

WASHINGTON — Kicking off the debate on single-payer health care with a vote on his amendment Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is confident the United States will eventually adopt such a system, his senior aide tells Raw Story. “The Senator thinks it makes so much sense and has worked so…

Franken slams GOP on Senate floor: ‘You’re not entitled to your own facts’

WASHINGTON — In a few moments of heated but controlled anger on the Senate floor Monday evening, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) slammed Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and the GOP for essentially lying about the nature of the Democratic health care bill, suggesting they haven’t read it. “We are entitled to…

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…

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