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 »