Dean, Snowe, Sanders and Lieberman

Health reform appears to be crumbling under a conservative assault and the inability of most people to understand what is at stake and how to fix it. New England pols and Senator have starring roles. First, Kaiser Health News has the latest round-ups.   Up for a rant? Try Bob Cesca on Huff Po. He's pissed. Now, … Continue reading Dean, Snowe, Sanders and Lieberman

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Coakley, Capuano and keeping up with health reform

As health reform churns its way through Congress, BHN recommends Kaiser Health News and the Washington Post web site as good places to get updates.  Also, the latest edition of  Health Wonk Review offers lots of news, blog postings and a bit of humor about health reform that you won't find in the usual places, including those … Continue reading Coakley, Capuano and keeping up with health reform

Snowe is a go

The big action was at today's Senate Finance Commitee, where Maine's Senator Olympia Snowe was the only Republican to vote yes on the Baucus plan. The NYTimes ran with reaction just to Snowe's role.  The NYTimes blogged from the meeting. After a five-hour hearing, the Senate Finance Committee voted, 14-9, in favor of a bill overhauling the health … Continue reading Snowe is a go

Maine’s Snowe, Senate health reform player

From the NYTimes story on an amendment to the Senate bill.    Members of the committee changed the bill to exempt an estimated two million people who would face financial burdens in buying even the cheapest insurance available. Lawmakers delayed and reduced the penalties for others. The action, taken by a vote of 22 to 1, … Continue reading Maine’s Snowe, Senate health reform player

Wonks, Rolling Stone and Dr. Blumenthal

1) It wasn't the cover with cosmetically and electronically enhanced Megan Fox that caught my eye -- it was Rolling Stone and I was at the gym.  I should read it more. The recent issue includes a well-documented story about health reform town hall protesters by Tim Dickinson. From "The Lie Machine":    According to internal documents … Continue reading Wonks, Rolling Stone and Dr. Blumenthal

Kennedy aide to serve in Senate until Jan. election.

Long-time Kennedy aide Paul Kirk will replaces his late boss until the special election in January For impact on health bill, see Globe politics blog. The Duke weighs in. For more on Kirk, also from the Globe (Massachusetts Governor Deval) Patrick has remained mum about his selection, but Kirk entered the governor's office through a side door at … Continue reading Kennedy aide to serve in Senate until Jan. election.

Minnesota looks at the Massachusetts mandate

Greetings fellow lab rats. Read on from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Democrats highlight the expansion of coverage; about 97 percent of Massachusetts residents have insurance, compared with 85 percent nationally. Republicans, including Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, ding it for spending too much; Massachusetts had to scale back its coverage goals this year in the face of … Continue reading Minnesota looks at the Massachusetts mandate

Obama’s health reform speech: How it played in Boston

 Some of those "Amens" you heard from the House chamber last night could have been coming from the Mass delegation. The plan Obama spelled out is essentially the Mass Model -- mandatory insurance and help getting it. Bring on the global payments.  The Globe's play on the story reflected the forcefulness of Obama's speech, with … Continue reading Obama’s health reform speech: How it played in Boston

BHN Exclusive: Video from Boston Health Reform Rally, Sept 5

See the Globe story for quotes from the speeches. This video features one comment and scenes from the march.      From The Globe, 9/6/09: Rally demands a sweeping change in health system Participants in the Labor Day rally, which was staged by Obama’s grass-roots political organization, Organizing for America, said they wanted to push back against vocal … Continue reading BHN Exclusive: Video from Boston Health Reform Rally, Sept 5

BHN Exclusive: Photos from Boston Health Reform Rally Sept 5

Boston Globe story