Bush: Still Lying About Health Insurance

In These Times and ThinkProgress had already taken the White House to task for pushing the lie that the SCHIP bill would raise the income eligibility limit to families earning […]
Bill Scher

Kids Warn Conservatives, “No More Photo Ops”

As noted here before, House conservatives are sweating the upcoming vote to override Bush’s veto of SCHIP expansion. Unlike Bush, everyone in the House is up for re-election in 2008. […]
Bill Scher

Still Lying

In These Times and ThinkProgress had already taken the White House to task for pushing the lie that the SCHIP bill would raise the income eligibility limit to families earning […]
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AmateurBall

Perhaps the only thing going for conservatives in the SCHIP debate is complete journalistic incompetence from the Washington media. Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball just asserted that the SCHIP bill […]
Bill Scher

Health Care Fight, Round One

President Bush’s veto today of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill marks the first round in a national fight about health care. The president chose the special interests of […]
Robert Borosage

This Veto Will Not Be Quiet

This morning, President Bush stood for bad government, insurance companies and cheaper tobacco and vetoed expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to cover 10 million kids. In the words […]
Bill Scher

One More Vote to Override SCHIP Veto

Public pressure continues to build on House members that voted against expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Today, Tulsa World reports that conservative “Bush Dog” Democrat Rep. Dan Boren […]
Bill Scher

The White House Tries To Answer a Question

Kudos to Rebecca from Saint Paul! She submitted one of our proposed State Children’s Health Insurance Program questions to “Ask The White House:” SCHIP has succeeded in cutting the rate […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The Sunday shows have a record day, going 0-for-4 for the Watchdog. On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Trent Lott was not asked how he could criticize SCHIP expansion for making […]
Bill Scher

Health Care in Election ’08

Watch my interview below from the LiberalOasis Radio Show, about how healthcare is shaping the presidential race in 2008. Part 1: Part 2:
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
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Ask The White House about SCHIP!

The White House home page announces the following: Discuss State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) Reauthorization Join Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at HHS, Mr. […]
Bill Scher

SCHIP Vote Starts To Ripple Across Country

Today, the Senate passed the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program with a veto-proof 69 votes, including 18 Republicans. Meanwhile, the fallout from the House vote is beginning […]
Bill Scher

The Cost of College: A Win for the Good Guys

What a difference a year makes. The Republican-controlled 109th Congress doubled student interest rates and cut $12 billion out of student aid. The new Democratic 110th Congress has cut the […]

Desperate Conservatives Try To Save Face on SCHIP

Conservatives are continuing to sweat. They clearly realize that they have failed to sell their misinformation about the proposed expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Now, panicked that […]
Bill Scher

Morning After Regrets?

The morning after 159 congresspeople voted against the people’s will, and sought to deny more health insurance for kids, might they be feeling any regrets? Time Magazine blogger Karen Tumulty […]
Bill Scher

Nothing To Say

The House floor debate over the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program is underway. (All the live action is on C-Span.) And conservatives looking to block the expansion […]
Bill Scher

Bloggers Demand Health Insurance For Kids

With the House vote on expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program expected later today, bloggers are rising up and putting heat on wavering congresspeople. FireDogLake: Having worked with at […]
Bill Scher

Bush Plays Politics With Our Kids

The battle over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program is heating up. This week, Congress is set to pass legislation to cover millions more kids. President Bush plans to veto […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

With Sen. Hillary Clinton on all four major network Sunday shows, chances were better than usual that our Watchdog question would get asked. And it was. Both ABC’s This Week […]
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Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher

Seriousness

MoveOn.org runs an ad exposing an effort to give the public misleading information about the effectiveness of our strategy in Iraq, making it impossible for individuals to make informed decisions […]
Bill Scher

Subverting Majority Rule

The Republican obstruction campaign continues. Yesterday, the Republican minority in the Senate filibustered and blocked two measures that had majority support in the House, and bipartisan majority support in the […]
Robert Borosage

White House, MSNBC Fail To Grasp Definition of “More”

MSNBC just previewed President George W. Bush’s news conference scheduled for 10:45 AM ET today. The network’s White House correspondent said he’ll be addressing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, […]
Bill Scher

The Health Care Debate Advances

The announcement of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s health insurance plan is notable for two reasons. First, Clinton joins the other leading Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John […]
Bill Scher

SCHIP: Our Voices Are Being Heard

This week, one million petition signatures supporting the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program — thousands of which were collected by Campaign for America’s Future — were delivered […]
Bill Scher

A Basic Right Filibustered

Once again, a minority of Senate Republicans led by Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell blocked the ability of a bipartisan majority to move a piece a legislation, this time a bill […]
Isaiah J. Poole

SCHIP: Are You For Good Government or Bad Government?

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program battle — soon to heat up once Bush vetoes a bipartisan compromise and attention turns to the politically tenuous House Republicans — is about […]
Bill Scher

Deal Nears For Children’s Health Insurance

Today’s New York Times reports that a House-Senate agreement is near on a final State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill. (Congressional leaders apparently were able to circumvent the obstructionist attempt […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

For the second week in a row, the Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. Neither ABC’s This Week or Fox News Sunday asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to explain […]
Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information […]
Bill Scher

Do These 12 Republicans Want At Least 10 More Years In Iraq?

Wednesday’s New York Times bottom-lines the testimony of Gen. David Petraeus and Amb. Ryan Crocker: “[They] conceded Tuesday that the Bush administration’s overall strategy in Iraq would remain largely unchanged […]
Bill Scher

Obstructing Clean Energy

Last week, conservatives blocked the House and Senate from taking the routine step of convening a conference to work out differences in their children’s health insurance bills, obstructing Congress’ ability […]
Bill Scher

Do Conservatives Want Gabrial To Breathe?

Last week, Florida’s Brevard County met Lukas, who is alive thanks to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the program congressional conservatives want Bush to veto. This week, Buffalo, […]
Bill Scher

Breaking the Law to Keep Kids Sick?

Last month, the Bush administration issued state government new restrictions on providing children’s health insurance via threatening emails sent on a late Friday evening. And this past Friday, the Bushies […]
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Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

After a rare week when a Watchdog question was actually asked, the Sunday shows return to form, going 0-for-3. Not only did Fox News Sunday fail to ask Sen. Lindsey […]
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