First Edition: February 3, 2010
Today's headlines highlight what might be the Democrats' next health reform move in the House, where Speaker Pelosi plans to advance legislation next week to repeal insurance companies' antitrust exemption.
Democrats Change Health-Care Tack
With their sweeping health-care bill on hold, House Democrats plan to revive a sliver of the legislation as soon as next week that would repeal an antitrust exemption for insurance companies (The Wall Street Journal).
Nancy Pelosi Plans Two Tracks For Health Care Reform
With the broader health care bill still perilously close to collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to take a shot at the health insurance industry next week by scheduling a vote on a smaller bill to revoke its half-century-old exemption from antitrust laws (Politico).
Rangel: Lawmakers Writing Compromise Health Bill
Leading lawmakers hoping to revive President Barack Obama's stalled health care overhaul have started writing a compromise bill, but it's unclear when the legislation will be ready for votes, a top House Democrat said Tuesday (The Associated Press).
Obama Acts To Engage G.O.P., Testing Party's Intentions
Emboldened by the response to President Obama's face-off with House Republicans last week, the White House is intensifying its push to engage Congressional Republicans in policy negotiations as a way to share the burden of governing and put more scrutiny on Republican initiatives (The New York Times).
Poll: Health Care Bill Won't Help Democrats
Democrats will face nearly the same political environment this fall whether or not they pass health care reform legislation, according to a new poll out Tuesday (Politico).
The Influence Game: Health Lobbying Gears Down
Notice you're not bombarded anymore by TV ads about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul plan? (The Associated Press/Washington Post).
The Decline Of St. Vincent's Hospital
For more than 150 years, St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan has been a beacon in Greenwich Village, serving poets, writers, artists, winos, the poor and the working-class, and gay people (The New York Times).
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