Blogger Analysis of Prez Health Care Forum

Some reactions to Saturday’s presidential candidate forum on health care from around the blogosphere. Taylor Marsh and Eteraz.org say Sen. Hillary Clinton had the strongest presentation, while Nevada Today’s Hugh […]
Bill Scher

A Healthy Health Care Debate

The following analysis of Saturday’s presidential candidate forum on health care is excerpted from the full essay written by Prof. Jacob S. Hacker of Yale University. Hacker is the author […]
Bill Scher

The Health Care Questions I Still Have

After watching Saturday’s presidential candidate forum on health care, and judging the candidates using Roger Hickey’s five health care questions, I’m left with key questions for each Oval Office aspirant. […]
Bill Scher

Universal Care: Getting The Right Mix

At Saturday’s health care forum for presidential candidates, John Edwards was bold, detailed and specific—but didn’t diagnose the problem. Barack Obama was vague—but stressed that no president can do it […]
Roger Hickey

Gravel Proposes A Health Voucher Plan

Former Alaska senator Mike Gravel proposed a single-payer system of sorts, but under his system each American would get a health care voucher that they would use to purchase their […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Kucinich: Health Care “A Human Right”

Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich used the forum to continue his vigorous pitch for a single-payer health care system, arguing that the plans of the other major candidates were too dependent […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Dodd: “Everyone Participates, Everyone Benefits”

Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd said his plan was based on four principles: universality (“everyone participates, everyone benefits,” prevention, extend Medicaid to more families, and improving the use of technology. He […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Clinton: Battle-Scarred But In The Health-Care Fight

A passionate New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton recalled the “battle scars” from the days when she tried to launch a detailed health plan when her husband, Bill Clinton, was […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Dems Debate Health Care

The health care goals and plans of seven presidential candidates, all Democrats, are being laid side by side for the first time Saturday as the Center for American Progress and […]
Bill Scher

Dems Debate Health Care

The health care goals and plans of seven presidential candidates, all Democrats, are being laid side by side for the first time Saturday as the Center for American Progress and […]
Bill Scher

Richardson: Access to Congress’ Plan

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said the “cornerstone” of his plan is to allow all Americans and business to be able to purchase the same coverage that members of Congress […]
Bill Scher

Welcome to the Presidential Health Care Forum LiveBlog

The Center for American Progress and Service Employees International Union are hosting the “New Leadership On Health Care” presidential forum in Las Vegas, starting today at 12 PM ET, 9 […]
Bill Scher

The Health Care Answers We Need

The presidential candidates are feeling the pressure from voters to tackle the escalating health care crisis with bold and comprehensive solutions. So when the Center for American Progress and the […]
Roger Hickey

War Funding Family Argument

A $124 billion war funding supplemental bill is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives today, and progressive anti-war members are, for the most part, planning to hold their nose  and vote for it. […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Another ‘Heck Of A Job’

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales isn’t the only Bush cabinet official worrying about his job. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson, deemed “a Brownie situation” by Sen. Claire McCaskill, is also worrying […]
Bill Scher

Another ‘Heck Of A Job’

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales isn’t the only Bush cabinet official worrying about his job. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson, deemed “a Brownie situation” by Sen. Claire McCaskill, is also worrying […]
Bill Scher

Bush VA: We’ll Fix The “Shortcomings”

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales isn’t the only Bush cabinet official worrying about his job. Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson, deemed “a Brownie situation” by Sen. Claire McCaskill, is also worrying […]
Bill Scher

Gore Backs Sanders-Boxer Bill

During Al Gore’s testimony to the Senate, he offered his support for the global warming bill co-sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer and Bernie Sanders, which by 2050 would slash greenhouse […]
Bill Scher

Blog Reaction to Gore House Testimony

Al Gore wrapped up his House testimony earlier this afternoon, and blogs are weighing in. Climate Progress writes: [Gore] was beyond well-versed in the diplomatic, scientific, economic, environmental, political and […]
Bill Scher

Gore And An Uncomfortable Congress

Former vice president Al Gore testified before both House and Senate congressional committees on Wednesday, giving both houses and both parties time to consider his “inconvenient truths” about global warming —and forcing members […]
Bill Scher

Gore And An Uncomfortable Congress

Former vice president Al Gore testified before both House and Senate congressional committees on Wednesday, giving both houses and both parties time to consider his “inconvenient truths” about global warming —and forcing members […]
Bill Scher

Step Away From The Privatization

Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee unanimously passed reforms, in the wake of the Walter Reed scandal, to improve the ability of wounded soldiers to get needed health care. CQ […]
Bill Scher

Gore’s 10-Point Plan

David Roberts, over at Gristmill, is liveblogging the Gore hearings, and has a colorful summation of Gore’s 10-point plan to stop global warming. No. 1: immediate carbon freeze! Then a […]
Bill Scher

516,000 Signatures To Stop Global Warming

Al Gore’s congressional testimony has just begun, and he announced he’s delivering 516,000 petition signatures calling for immediate action to stop global warming. More than 200,000 of those have come […]
Bill Scher

Distorting The Discourse

The preview to tomorrow’s congressional testimony from Al Gore happened yesterday, a House committee hearing spotlighting the Bush Administration’s attempts to prevent our government climate scientists from telling the truth […]
Bill Scher

Edwards’ ‘Aggressive’ Energy Plan

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards today is putting forth what he is calling an “aggressive but achievable” energy plan, elements of which mirror the kind of bold energy initiative that […]
Isaiah J. Poole

Gore’s Global Warming Petition Overflows

While the political lowlight of the week looks to be the ongoing fallout of the Prosecutor Purge, the political highlight is sure to come tomorrow with Al Gore’s historic testimony […]
Bill Scher

High Prescription Drug Prices? It’s Your Fault!

Today’s LA Times offers a seemingly well-intentioned article telling seniors ways they can obtain cheaper prescription drugs. But in doing so, it puffs up Big Pharma — making it seem […]
Bill Scher

Coal-State Lawmakers Struggle With Global Warming

Today’s CQ Weekly has a big piece on how coal-state lawmakers are “well-positioned” in Congress to shape global warming legislation. And they risk falling into the trap of thinking strong […]
Bill Scher

Alberto Gonzales: Why Conservatives Can’t Govern

Donald Rumsfeld has been axed. Tom DeLay cut and ran. “Scooter” Libby stands convicted. Michael “you’re doing a heck of a job” Brown was tossed. Newt Gingrich disgraced himself. And […]
Robert Borosage

Dems Go Lukewarm on Global Warming

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is lowering expectations regarding planned global warming legislation, the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog reported Friday. Pelosi, D-Calif., prompted concerns last week when an aide said a climate-change and […]
Bill Scher

Dems Go Lukewarm on Global Warming

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is lowering expectations regarding planned global warming legislation, the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog reported Friday. Pelosi, D-Calif., prompted concerns last week when an aide said a climate-change and […]
Bill Scher

Strength of Global Warming Legislation in Doubt

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog reports that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is lowering expectations regarding planned global warming legislation: Speaker Pelosi prompted concerns this week when an aide said […]
Bill Scher

Bush Delcares: No Health Care For All On My Watch

In 2003, President Bush signed a law creating a Citizens’ Health Care Working Group to offer health care reform solutions. This week, he dismissed their work. The working group was […]
Bill Scher

Now The Global Warming Debate Is Really Over

The conservative global warming denial community may still be kicking, but it is getting smaller. Last year, conservative evangelical Pat Robertson dropped out. This week, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith […]
Bill Scher

Mistakes Were Made … In Defending My Glorious Purge

At today’s Mexico press conference, President Bush further carried Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ messages from yesterday, in blunt fashion: [Gonzales was] right. Mistakes were made. And I’m, frankly, not happy […]
Bill Scher

White House Runs Scandal Script

Recognizing that its political purge of eight U.S. attorneys was about to reach critical mass—particularly because of the appearance that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied to Congress about it—the White […]
Bill Scher
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