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.
A tax credit to spur hiring can help trim unemployment, say experts, but comes with a heavy price tag. The revenue loss for a 1977 scheme was $5.7 billion.
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.
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee reduced penalties for those without health insurance, but not as much as Republicans want.
States struggle to contain fees at public universities while the federal government rolls out affordability measures to help counter the rising costs of higher education.
Republicans say it's too costly. Liberal Democrats complain that it doesn't do enough for the uninsured. But unlike House plans, it wouldn't add to the deficit.
Obama proposes taxing high-end health coverage to help pay for tax credits for the uninsured. That could be controversial for many Americans with employer-based care.
President Obama's speech on healthcare reform Wednesday night will provide an opportunity for lawmakers to rally around a more moderate bill, centrist senators say.