As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid works to unite his 60-member Democratic caucus in support for health-care reform, his prospects for Republican converts appear to be dwindling.
If you have a preexisting medical condition, you could still have insurance problems under the health-care reform proposals taking shape in Congress. A new report says a federal program intended to subsidize your coverage until 2014, when companies could no longer charge higher premiums because of health status, is inadequately funded.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a champion of the public insurance option, pointedly declined Thursday to criticize a pending Senate agreement to drop the idea as Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) seeks to unite divided Democrats in his chamber behind health-care reform.
The Senate narrowly rejected an amendment that would have restricted abortion coverage in the pending health-care bill, leaving in question whether Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 60 votes needed to move the bill toward final passage.
Senate Democratic negotiators said they had made significant progress in identifying alternative coverage options to replace a government insurance plan that liberals have fought to retain as part of health-care reform, but moderates have refused to support.
Senior Republicans lit into Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) Monday after he likened GOP opponents of proposed health-care legislation to those who opposed abolishing slavery, fought against a woman's right to vote and blocked civil rights laws 50 years ago.