Tales from the Trail

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/

Unions oppose Baucus healthcare bill

October 14, 2009

Twenty-seven U.S. labor unions warn that the healthcare bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee┬áis deeply flawed and they want to see some changes — or else they will oppose it.

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.

The First Draft: H-Day

October 13, 2009

CHINADrum roll please…

Will Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, a moderate from Maine, become the first Republican in Congress to back a 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.

Is there a doctor in the (White) House?

October 5, 2009

Doctors do make house calls after all.

OK so it helps if you’re the president of the United States and your house is on Washington postcards.

Healthcare, unplugged

October 1, 2009

It’s never going to top any charts, but the folks who put a recording of HR3200 online for your listening pleasure are back.

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.