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Say bye-bye to health care public option

Senior House Democrats have largely abandoned hopes of including a government-run insurance option in the final compromise health care bill taking shape, according to several officials, and are pushing for…

Democratic retirements: Hey, its tough out there

Two longtime Senate Democrats suddenly abandoned re-election bids, and so did a Democratic swing-state governor, underscoring the perilous political environment for President Barack Obama's party as anti-incumbent sentiment ripples across…

Dodd’s retirement could help banking bill

Freed from his liberal base and moneyed donors, Sen. Chris Dodd can now cast himself as the honest broker in negotiations over a massive Wall Street regulation bill.

In deciding Wednesday…

Obama to Congress: Time to pass health care bill

President Barack Obama is prodding House and Senate Democrats to get him a final health care bill as soon as possible, encouraging them to bypass the usual negotiations between the…

Dodd, other Democrats calling it quits

With the 2010 election year barely under way, two senators and one governor — all Democrats — ditched plans to run for re-election in the latest signs of trouble for…

Party switcher’s staff quits in protest

All but one of the Washington staffers for Rep. Parker Griffith resigned on Monday in protest of the Alabama congressman's decision to switch from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

In…

GOP Senator: Hold on, better days ahead

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday the United States ultimately will overcome the daunting problems of war, recession and double-digit unemployment.

Challenges will be met, better days are ahead and…

Republicans to Democrats: ‘Come on over’

The White House sought to downplay differences on Sunday between the two versions of healthcare legislation passed in Congress as Democrats prepared to meld them into one, while a top…

Public option? Don’t count on it from House Democrats

House Democrats aren't optimistic that a government insurance plan, a central element of health care legislation passed in their chamber, will survive negotiations with the Senate.

While insisting "it's not dead,"…

Comparing the House, Senate health bills

A comparison of the health care bills passed by the Senate and House:
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The Senate Democratic bill (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act):

WHO'S COVERED: About 94 percent of legal residents under…