White House officials responded forcefully Thursday to former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean’s call to defeat healthcare reform bill.
The Senate Finance Committee passed its healthcare bill Tuesday along party lines – with the exception of Olympia Snowe's vote. But her comments suggest that the bill will be difficult to pass on the Senate floor.
Finance Committee cuts 61 amendments, leaving just 503 to go. Among the major issues remaining: a public option.
Forget Republicans. Democrats need to bring together their own centrists concerned about cost as well as liberals who still want a public option.
Finance Committee chairman Baucus tries for bipartisanship. But critics in his own party worry that could weaken overhaul legislation - especially provisions for children.
In a meeting with the president Tuesday, Senate Democrats agree to work with Republicans on a bipartisan bill – but only until the middle of September.
Senator Chris Dodd, among other senators involved in upcoming health care legislation, have family ties or financial investments in the industry they are meant to reform.
Lawmakers agree that big financial institutions are in trouble. But they want more help for their constituents.