Americans must be aware of how mandates might impinge on their choices – and how vulnerable Obama's plan might be to court challenge.
The CBO says the Senate Finance bill will create a $81 billion surplus over 10 years. But critics say its fees, taxes, and mandates will hit Americans’ pocketbooks hard.
Yes, the plan might reduce the deficit. But it restricts a proposed commission that could trim trillions from a much bigger problem - unmet Medicare obligations.
President Obama has pressed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and four other prominent Republicans to speak out in favor of healthcare reform. If they sway one GOP senator, the effort will have been worth it.
Democrats have chided Republicans for not offering their own healthcare ideas. But GOP attempts to turn the debate toward more incentives and fewer mandates have been rebuffed.
Getting healthcare reform done – the biggest legislative challenge in decades – depends on how well Obama and his team can win over key members of Congress.
Backers of the public option will draw hope from the vote, which was closer than expected. But tough healthcare negotiations lie ahead.
Women are more vulnerable to a healthcare system with soaring costs and with restrictions that hurt them specifically.
Finance Committee cuts 61 amendments, leaving just 503 to go. Among the major issues remaining: a public option.