Before the House left for the August district work period on Friday, the Energy & Commerce Committee became the fourth Congressional committee to pass comprehensive health care legislation (subscription).  However, the bill passed after a series of amendments negotiated between a number of Democratic caucuses, meaning a long month of merging the committee bills by… Read more »

Facing the August recess and constituents who have a wide range of opinions on health care, the House and Senate attempts to pass comprehensive health care reform hit major road blocks yesterday. The much-rumored dissension on the Blue Dogs deal on HR 3200 was made public yesterday.  Some of the House liberal caucuses released a… Read more »

Update: After protests by some of the Energy & Commerce Committee’s liberal members forced a cancellation of Wednesday’s mark-up, chair Henry Waxman has rescheduled the mark-up for Thursday.  This was after a lengthy session reviewing the proposed changes to the bill with committee members. Two major stories on health care broke this afternoon from both… Read more »

Key Senators negotiating aspects of the Finance Committee health care reform bill spoke to the media yesterday and gave further details on the still-unfinished legislation.  Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) gave further details on the bill’s “co-op” proposal, and although the media coverage focused mainly on the debate among Democrats (subscription) on whether a co-op could… Read more »

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) emerged from a bipartisan conference yesterday to confirm that the Senate Finance Committee negotiators will not include two major components of the Democratic health care plan in their bill: the creation of a government-run insurance company (“public plan”) nor a requirement that all employers provide their employees with health care coverage…. Read more »