Catching up…

For those who stopped paying attention since the Senate passed its version of health reform on Christmas Eve, here’s some links of articles to catch up:

On the process from here, the likelihood in that the House and Senate do not go into a formal conference–which would simply let the Republican opposition put up more procedural roadblocks. Instead, the House and Senate leadership would hold informal negotiations, and they would amend an existing bill to be a final compromise to then get the two final floor votes–the 218 votes in the House and the 60 votes in the Senate. Jon Cohn at The New Republic has more about this game of “ping pong,” and David Dayen of FireDogLake (formerly of Calitics) has a detailed report and quotes from CA Representative and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman.

Other articles of note, that were also spotlighted on our Twitter feed at

On health reform:
* I had a post on Calbuzz urging advocates to stay active in the health reform fight–that there is still lots to win and lots to lose, and we can’t let our frustration with the procedural barriers get in the way of an analysis and strategy for winning health reform.. and a good health reform at that.
* Hanh Kim Quach at the California Budget Project describes the affordability issues in the health reform bills that need to be addressed.
* Former Sacramentan Jordan Rau and others at Kaiser Health News breaks down how the health reform proposal would affect you.
* Bobby Calvan at the Sacramento Bee writes about how health reform can help improve healthy living.
* The Kaiser Family Foundation has a side-by-side comparison of the House and Senate bills
* We posted some of the ways to fix the Senate health reform bill.

On the budget crisis:
* Kevin Yamamura of the Sacramento Bee looks at the lawsuits stemming from state budget decisions.
* Judy Lin at the Associated Press previews the awful state budget that looms, and the fights that are expected, given the procedural barriers.

And on both:
* Ezra Klein in the Washington Post suggests that California’s budget woes are really political woes, and will soon be the nation’s.
* Dick Flacks, UC-Santa Barbara sociology professor emeritus, has trenchant commentary about both health reform and California’s budget woes.
* Jon Cohn at The New Republic spotlights a California story and suggests some medical providers–including ones in California–that may be worthy of support.

At this blog, we posted a year in review and thoughts about how things have changed, and didn’t in the last decade.

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