It’s still in flux whether Democratic leaders have the 216 votes needed for passage of healthcare reform. Some lawmakers have announced they'll vote 'yes,' while others have shifted to 'no.'
Many say the healthcare reform bill will help only the poor and uninsured. Americans' inability to make sense of it is causing them to respond negatively or to retreat to familiar partisan positions, poll and political analysts say.
The CBO score on the healthcare cost of the Democrats' plan may help it become law. But it is not the final word on costs. There's politics to account for.
A record 49 million Americans lived in extended-family households in 2008, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. The recession, immigration, and delayed marriage are among the factors.
Still not a big fan of President Obama's healthcare bill, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich on Wednesday said he would vote yes for the legislation.
The FCC gets the national broadband plan largely right, pushing private-sector competition while helping hard-to-reach populations.
A typical couple retiring this year will get $400,000 in Medicare benefits in their lifetimes. But they'll spend another $200,000 on health care themselves.
Even if lawmakers approve healthcare reform legislation, it's a partial fix, say forecasters. With or without reforms, the America's healthcare spending will rise sharply over the next decade, demanding more cost containment measures.
President Obama has created a National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to help balance the federal budget by 2015. But few are optimistic about its ability to make substantial cuts.