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Potential Deal Struck on Excise Tax

CNN is reporting that labor has reached a tentative deal with Democrats on how to fix the excise tax. The details are still sketchy, but this is what they have so far.

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Health Care Costs Curb Holiday Spending

Happy Holidays, if you can figure out how to pay for it.

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How Insurers Trick Facebook Users into Opposing Heath Care Reform

AHIP and its cohorts in the insurance industry have found another outlet for their astroturfing efforts, by bribing game players on Facebook.

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Senate Health Bill Has Loophole Allowing Coverage Limits

Ezra has a post today, talking about the important rule that healthcare reform is going to establish. "As the exchanges open up -- if they open up, more to the point -- all of this will work better and more smoothly. This is how the Netherlands' health-care system looks, and few would accuse their insurers of being evil."

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Senate Negotiations Clear As Mud

Well this is as clear as mud. Greg Sargent explains the confusion of the conflicting reports on exactly what is in the compromise in regards to a triggered public option.

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The Uninsured Are Twice as Likely to Die in the ER From a Traumatic Injury Than the Insured

Among those 45,000 deaths a years among the uninsured are those dying in emergency rooms as the result of traumatic injuries, and the uninsured are much more likely to die than those with insurance.

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Public Option Back on the Chopping Block

Reid has put the House healthcare reform bill on the Senate calendar to begin the Senate's action on the bill. CBO scores on the proposed Senate bill, which melds the HELP and SFC bills, are expected at the end of this week.

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Could the Stupak Amendment Get the Boot in The Senate?

Sen. Barbara Boxer said today in an interview with HuffPo's Sam Stein and Ryan Grim that efforts to add Stupak's Coathanger amendment in the Senate would very likely fail.

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The 2010 Reforms in the House Healthcare Reform Bill

House leadership has released this fact sheet on the key elements of the House healthcare reform bill that will begin in 2010 [pdf].

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House Leadership Deciding Now on Public Option

House Leadership met this afternoon to make the decision on the merged bill that will be the one they take to the floor. An announcement on their decision is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10:00 eastern, but we'll probably be hearing leaks any time now.

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North Dakota Dems Ask Conrad to Support a Public Option

It's not just Nebraska. Seems that North Dakota Dems are much more in line with their Sen. Dorgan than Conrad, and they've made that clear to him.

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Obama Finally Answers Death Panel Lies

 Perhaps finally having had enough of the rightwing mainstream Republican lies about government health care, the administration is fighting back with a detailed rebuttal.

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Thousands Gather for Free Health Care

Hey, crazy people and Congress members, this needs to be fixed:

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Wiretapping Report Released

Remember the bone that the Rockefeller and Feinstein threw to civil liberties activists when they were in the process of codifying the Bush administration's illegal wiretapping program in the FISA Amendments Act--that they would order the IG's of the various agencies to write a report about the program? The report is out.

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Obama Picks Fan of Net Neutrality to Head FCC

The news is out that Obama intends to nominate his technology adviser, Julius Genachowski to head the FCC.

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