The big health care news this morning is the preliminary financial analysis the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Taxation Committee (JTC) shared with the Senate Finance Committee.  In a letter to Chairman Baucus (D-MT), CBO Director Doug Elmendorf gave an estimate that the Senate Finance Committee’s health care proposal would cost $829 billion over… Read more »

The inclusion of a bipartisan wellness amendment in the Senate Finance health care bill last week has sparked the formation of a coalition of associations and other groups claiming it undermines health care reform. The Carper/Ensign amendment, adopted by an 18-4 vote, would allow employers whose employees participate in a variety of wellness programs to… Read more »

Spotlight On: Associations is a short video clip designed to educate outside audiences about the size and scope of the association community and its valuable role in American society. Produced for ASAE & The Center by Trivue, Inc., the video will be broadcast nationally on Public Television channels across the country in the fall of… Read more »

The Senate Finance Committee yesterday continued to debate the list of amendments to its comprehensive health care reform legislation, but conspicuously absent from the discussion were any amendments tied to the major issues being discussed by members of Congress and the media, according to Politico.  At the beginning of yesterday’s hearing, the first amendment discussed… Read more »

In a move the national media is decrying as the death of the public option, the Senate Finance Committee voted down two amendments yesterday that would have inserted language into the Chairman’s Mark creating and funding a public insurance plan run by the federal government. The Chairman’s Mark currently has language funding the creation of… Read more »