Tales from the Trail

House Republicans aim to kill Democratic health bill

November 2, 2009

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are gearing up for an epic battle against the sweeping healthcare reform that Democratic leaders hope to bring to the House floor for debate later this week.

House healthcare bill doesn’t boost public support – Poll

November 2, 2009

The big presentation — that’s 1,990 pages — of healthcare reform legislation by Democrats in the House of Representatives last week didn’t boost public support, with more voters still opposed to the effort, according to a new Rasmussen Reports opinion poll.

The First Draft: Return from Dover

October 29, 2009

President Barack Obama returned in the early hours from a trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware where he saluted the flag-draped caskets of 18 soldiers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents killed in Afghanistan this week. OBAMA/

Senate healthcare bill: Opt-out is in, Snowe is not

October 26, 2009

The opt-out is in.

USA HEALTHCARE/REIDThe Senate healthcare reform legislation will include a form of public option that would allow states to opt out of participating in a government-run insurance plan if they choose.

Senator: Is there enough money on planet to subsidize healthcare?

October 22, 2009

All the government subsidies in the world will not be enough to make health insurance premiums affordable for Americans without more cost control and competition in the proposed sweeping reform backed by President Barack Obama, one Senator says.

Did health insurance industry report backfire?

October 15, 2009

Support for a “strong public option” appears to be growing in the House of Representatives.

The First Draft: Let it Snowe, Let it Snowe, Let it Snowe

October 14, 2009

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe is having her day in the sun.

Snowe blanketed morning TV talk shows. The main question posed to the Maine moderate: How does it feel to be all alone? GERMANY/

Snowe jumps ship in attempt to turn healthcare “Titanic”

October 13, 2009

Well, she did it.

IRAQ-USA/CONGRESSRepublican Senator Olympia Snowe, a moderate from Maine, jumped off the Republican steamer to vote yes on the Senate Finance Committee’s healthcare reform bill.

Dust-up over healthcare reform ahead of Senate panel’s vote

October 12, 2009

The fragile consensus in favor of healthcare reform may be coming apart.

With the Senate Finance Committee due to vote on its reform bill Tuesday, the insurance industry’s trade group released an analysis saying the measure would drive up costs by thousands of dollars over the next decade.

The First Draft: Achoo

October 7, 2009

The U.S. government wants you to know the H1N1 swine flu vaccine is safe. FLU/VACCINE-USA

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blanketed morning television talk shows with basically the one message. “This definitely is a safe vaccine for people to get,” she said on NBC’s “Today” show, urging the public to visit flu.gov.