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Democrats lack the votes to pass health care reform

Democrats lack the votes to pass health care reform

The House’s chief Democratic headcounter said Sunday he hadn’t rounded up enough votes to pass President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul heading into a make-or-break week, even as the White House’s top political adviser said he was “absolutely confident” in its prospects. The administration gave signs of retreating on its demands that senators jettison special […]

Catholic hospitals support health bill

Catholic hospitals support health bill

A group representing Catholic hospitals Saturday rallied behind President Barack Obama’s health care bill ahead of a House vote in which anti-abortion lawmakers could play a decisive role. The chief executive of the Catholic Health Association, Carol Keehan, wrote on the group’s Web site that although the legislation isn’t perfect, it represents a “major first […]

Democrats add student aid to health bill

Democrats add student aid to health bill

Under White House pressure to act swiftly, House and Senate Democratic leaders reached for agreement Friday on President Barack Obama‘s health care bill, sweetened suddenly by fresh billions for student aid and a sense that breakthroughs are at hand. “It won’t be long,” before lawmakers vote, predicted Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She said neither liberals’ disappointment […]

Senators: Leave our pork alone

Senators: Leave our pork alone

President Barack Obama says he wants projects helping specific states yanked from the health care bill Congress is writing. Democratic senators, being senators, beg to differ. The Senate-approved health measure lawmakers hope to send to Obama soon would steer $600 million over the next decade to Vermont in added federal payments for Medicaid and nearly […]

Are Dems close to sealing health care deal?

Are Dems close to sealing health care deal?

Top Democrats say they are resolving disputes over President Barack Obama‘s health overhaul plan, but they face decisions on subsidizing coverage and are still hunting votes to push the vast package through Congress. House Democrats were meeting again Friday to discuss the still-evolving plan and for leaders to try to soothe lawmakers worried about the […]

Obama, Dems close to deal on health care

Obama, Dems close to deal on health care

A final agreement nearly in hand, President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders are about to embark on one last sales job that will determine the outcome of the president’s signature health care overhaul. It will come down to a phenomenal effort by congressional leaders and the White House to win over skittish lawmakers after a […]

Can Republicans stop reconciliation ploy?

Can Republicans stop reconciliation ploy?

Democrats are tying the fate of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul to a fast-track process that will make the bill tough for Republicans to derail in the Senate. But GOP lawmakers will still be able to force votes and make arguments that could give them ammunition for November’s congressional elections. Some questions and answers […]

The never-ending debate over abortion

The never-ending debate over abortion

President Barack Obama’s health care bill would change federal policy on abortion, but not open the spigot of taxpayer dollars that some abortion opponents fear. Abortion rights groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America say the House and Senate versions of the bill represent the biggest expansion of abortion restrictions in years, yet […]

Axelrod: ‘I don’t give a flying…’

Axelrod: ‘I don’t give a flying…’

David Axelrod, President Barack Obama‘s image manager, says he doesn’t give a “flying fuck” what critics say about the White House and its failures but while Axelrod puts forward a defiant face, others say the level of concern is rising over the administration’s failure to stay on message. “The Obama White House has lost the […]