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 »

In light of the economic downturn and its connection to the housing market, the high rate of foreclosures and other financial practices, the Obama administration proposed in June a new federal agency to regulate the consumer marketplace in a variety of areas.  As with any federal proposal, associations have weighed in on both sides. The… Read more »