According to multiple sources, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) to stop trying to negotiate with committee Republicans and to begin pushing his health care bill out of committee. Reid expressed concerns that Baucus’s proposed legislation would not have a public plan but would include language removing… Read more »

1.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores a modified Health Education Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee health care proposal at $611.4 billion, but the bill would still leave 34 million Americans without insurance. 2.  The plan includes a public option and an employer mandate with a $750-per-employee penalty for the uninsured. 3.  Read the Kennedy/Dodd letter… Read more »

As many people travel over the July 4th recess, the travel and hospitality community are working with Congress to help revitalize the nation’s economy. USTA, the U.S. Travel Association (formerly the Travel Industry Association) is working on numerous fronts to help keep the U.S. tourism industry vibrant in the face of a down economy.  Legislatively,… Read more »

In an interview with the Associated Press, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) outlined her support for a public plan with a trigger option as a possible compromise to the stalemate over inclusion of a public plan in comprehensive health care reform. The trigger option would mean a government-run insurance company would only come into existence… Read more »

In the debate to pay for comprehensive health care legislation, one idea that would only partially pay for reform is the idea to tax beverages. Specifically, some members of Congress have proposed leveraging an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages and changing the excise tax on alcoholic beverages to an equal tax on beer and wine… Read more »

Late yesterday Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) announced that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had rescored his committee’s health care legislation and the new cost for the bill over ten years was a number that could be offset: $1 trillion. Earlier this week, CBO scored the Finance Committee’s proposal as costing $1.6 trillion… Read more »

The “employer mandate” issue is one of the most controversial aspects of comprehensive health care reform, and yesterday the Senate Health Education Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee released two proposals that it sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for cost scoring. The proposal (which can be seen here) has two options.  The first would… Read more »

As the certainty of a comprehensive health care bill is being questioned by Congress and the media (subscription), the Obama Administration has become increasingly active in pushing Congress to pass legislation this year. Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urging Congress to send President… Read more »

[kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”344″ allowfullscreen=”true” fvars=”fs=1″ /] Recently, National Association of Chain Drug Stores President & CEO Steven Anderson IOM, CAE stopped by the ASAE offices to discuss the health care debate, including the major issues and his thoughts on the outcome of the current Congressional debate.  Periodically, this site will contain items like this… Read more »