Another Historic Vote
November 21, 2009
The health care debate moves forward. On the motion to proceed, all the Democrats plus independents Joe Lieberman and Bernie Sanders voted aye. All of the Republicans present voted nay. The final count was 60 to 39. (Republican George Voinovich was back in Ohio.) The next few weeks promise a wild ride and not just because of the debate over the public option. There will be lots of debate and lots of amendments. Immigration. Abortion. Malpractice. Republicans will do their best to make Democrats take tough votes.
With friends like these...
September 08, 2009
Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Special Correspondent for The Treatment. Have you ever been in an alley fight with three muggers while your sanctimonious non-helping cousin berates your poor fighting skills from a nearby window? Me neither. I feel like I have, though, listening to the shadenfreude coming from some single-payer advocates on the sidelines of the current health reform debate. This morning’s New York Times provides a prime example, in a short interview with Dr.
Sanders To Baucus, Fellow Dems: Who's In Charge Here?
July 01, 2009
The quote of the day comes from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, in a telephone interview with Ezra Klein. And it's about Senator Max Baucus' effort to forge bipartisan health reform through a so-called "Coalition of the Willing": The Coalition of the Willing sounds a bit strange to me. You have a Democratic president and a Democratic majority in the House and 60 votes in the Senate, and the coalition that is determining health-care policy are seven people, including four Republicans? I have a lot of respect for Max Baucus. I know he's working very hard.
Bad Teeth, Cont'd
February 28, 2007
Just an aside related to Brad's post on the tragic and stupid disaster that is dental coverage for the poor: As the New York Times Magazine pointed out last month, this is a longtime crusade of "the socialist senator," Bernie Sanders. I generally associate Sanders with hopeless leftist causes that even his fellow House Democrats won't embrace. But this seems to me an eminently practical crusade that any decent politician should rally behind.
October 02, 2006
If they didn’t hate each other so much, David Sirota and Dan Gerstein might be friends. They certainly have a lot in common. Both are in their thirties. Both are Jewish. And both are Democratic operatives. But their greatest similarity is their shared love of vicious political combat.