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Abortion Fight Looms

  • 8:43 pm Monday, December 21st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

As Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) left the Senate chamber around 1:30 am on Monday, he found himself on the defense yet again over the abortion funding restriction deal he agreed to in the Senate health care bill. It was a reminder that this issue will again be the center of …

Second Amendment Health

  • 8:42 pm Monday, December 21st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

The Democratic amendment to the health care bill that was rolled out this weekend has several pages about gun rights and health care, as gun possession pertains to “Wellness and Prevention Programs.” It’s right there, starting on Page 5, with a section entitled, “PROTECTION OF SECOND AMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS.” “A …

One Step Closer

  • 2:48 am Monday, December 21st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

It was a tale of two parties in the wee hours of Monday morning, as Democrats were all smiles and Republicans were a bit glum and clearly frustrated on health care legislation in the Senate. As Senators in both parties battled in increasingly partisan exchanges on the floor, Democrats won …

Democratic Deal Making

  • 2:46 am Monday, December 21st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

It’s not exactly a shocker that the latest version of the Democratic health bill in the Senate has a series of deals that wrapped up the support of certain Senators, but you have to wonder if it will add to a growing backlash against health legislation. Republicans grabbed the latest …

Another Invisible Item

  • 2:42 am Monday, December 21st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

I have talked a lot on this blog in recent months about how difficult it is to figure out sometimes what exactly is in a major piece of legislation.  That would ceratinly apply to the changes unveiled by Democrats to their health bill on Saturday. That chunk of legislative text was …

CBO Fact Error

  • 2:39 am Monday, December 21st, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

A lot of Republicans have been raising questions about how the Congressional Budget Office has dealt with cost estimates for health care legislation in recent months, and on Sunday, they got even more ammunition for those attacks. “CBO has discovered an error in the cost estimate released just yesterday,” said …

Ne-braska Health Details

  • 7:30 pm Saturday, December 19th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

I’m not saying it was done on purpose.  But the fact that the one mention of the state of Nebraska (the home state of Sen. Ben Nelson, the final Democrat to back the health care bill) was hyphenated, made me wonder. What am I talking about? Well, if you search …

Abortion Fight Continues

  • 4:55 pm Saturday, December 19th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

While Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) did his best to convince reporters on Saturday that his deal on abortion funding language in a new Democratic health amendment would end controversy on that issue, it seems far from over, and will likely spice up House-Senate negotiations on health care. All eyes quickly …

Sunday Health Care

  • 4:54 pm Saturday, December 19th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

If Democrats want to finish the health care bill in the Senate before Christmas, they can do that.  But it will take every available minute from now until the time most of you are eating your dinner on Christmas Eve. The Senate returns to session on this Sunday at 1pm, which …

Thumbs Down on Abortion Deal

  • 2:48 pm Saturday, December 19th, 2009 by Jamie Dupree

While Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) cut a deal with Democrats on abortion restrictions in a new health care bill, the deal is not being embraced by one major anti-abortion group. Here is a release from the National Right to Life Committee, expressing their opposition to the language in the new …