Tales from the Trail

Can Obama keep Democrats in line on healthcare to the end?

December 9, 2009

So President Barack Obama goes to Capitol Hill over the weekend and late Tuesday Senate Democrats reach a healthcare compromise on a public insurance option (Republicans oppose the legislation so every Democrat vote is needed to move it along). 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.

Poll finds a majority for ‘public option’

October 20, 2009

Americans are still sharply divided over President Barack Obama’s vision of healthcare overhaul, but they’re starting to come around  — again —  on the so-called public option, so says a new Washington Post/ABC News poll published on Monday.

Did health insurance industry report backfire?

October 15, 2009

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

Boehner: public option stinks

October 2, 2009

So, does anybody out there in the real world support a government-run “public” health insurance option?

Healthcare public option on life support, will it be revived?

September 30, 2009

The healthcare “public option” was dealt a blow by the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, so now the question is whether it can be resuscitated when the legislation hits the Senate floor.

Live blog of the Obama healthcare speech

September 9, 2009


President Barack Obama is making a speech to Congress on healthcare at 8 p.m. tonight and we will live blog it here.

Pistol Packin’ Pelosi? finger on healthcare trigger

September 3, 2009

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put the insurance industry on notice that if congressional Democrats are forced to compromise on a government-run health insurance plan and accept a “trigger” proposed by Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, get ready for some major fire power.

Healthcare watch: Will summer debate yield fall harvest?

September 2, 2009

The healthcare debate that turned so temperamental during the summer when critics let loose during town hall meetings around the country is about to get a cool splash of reality.

The First Draft: storms rolling in

August 17, 2009

Lots of storms swirling today.

Tropical Storm Claudette hit the Florida coast in the wee hours of the morning, whipping morning television into the obligatory frenzy of reporting from rain-soaked correspondents demonstrating the weather.