On the Radar: February 25, 2010
"Obama's Plan Favors Senate Over House"
By Marilyn Werber Serafini, National Journal
The health care reform plan released by President Obama in advance of Thursday's bipartisan summit incorporates provisions from both the Senate- and House-passed health care bills, but generally tilts towards the Senate measure. What follows is a look at how Obama's plan compares to the two bills in several key areas...Continue Reading
"All Politics Is Hypocritical"
By Joh Dickerson, SLATE
All politicians are hypocrites, right? On this, a divided nation can agree. In the current version of this dispute, Democrats say Republicans are hypocrites for opposing the use of reconciliation to avoid a Senate filibuster even though Republicans used the same measure. Republicans, meanwhile, say President Obama is a hypocrite for supporting reconciliation—a simple majority vote—for health care reform when he said as a Senator that such majoritarian rule was "not what the Founders intended."...Continue Reading
"5 Things to Watch at Obama's Health Care Summit"
By Karen Tumulty, TIME Magazine
Will Thursday's health care summit be much more than a political show? Probably not. Will it make any difference in the prospects for health reform legislation? That's entirely possible...Continue Reading
"As Senate Majority Shifts, So Does View of a Procedural Power Play"
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
It is tempting to think that the authors of the 1974 federal budget law were feeling mischievously ironic when they chose “reconciliation” as the name for a particularly arcane process the bill established...Continue Reading
"Democrats looking beyond health-care summit to final talks within party"
By Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post
Congressional Democrats are already looking beyond the White House health-care summit, reckoning that Thursday's session will amount to little more than political theater and focusing instead on a final round of intraparty negotiations that are likely to determine the fate of President Obama's top domestic priority...Continue Reading