Dear Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid, Senator McConnell, and Representative Boehner: Thank you again for the time, energy, and preparation you invested in last Thursday’s bipartisan meeting on health insurance reform.
Yesterday, Judd Gregg sent around a memo to his Republican colleagues detailing the procedural tactics they have at their disposal to hold up the health-care bill on the Senate floor. Sam Stein sums up some of the measures that Gregg describes as being at the foundation “the minority party’s rights” in the Senate: He highlights the use of hard quorum calls for any motion to proceed, as opposed to a far quicker unanimous consent provision.
Harold Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Special Correspondent for The Treatment. If you have not seen this CNN clip, watch it now. Here is the transcript, which hardly does justice to the 2-minute clip of what was happening in that room. Unidentified participant: "My husband has traumatic brain injury. His health insurance will not cover him to eat and drink. And what I need to know is: Are you going to help him? We left the nursing home, and they told us we are on our own. He left with a feeding tube.