Eric Pianin

  • Checking In With Health Insurers' Chief Lobbyist Karen Ignagni

    In just the last few weeks, Karen Ignagni, the health industry’s chief lobbyist, has faced Democratic accusations that insurers are "villains" and "immoral." In an interview with KHN, Ignagni discussed her take on the Democratic political assault, her industry’s end-game strategy and her unflagging opposition to a public plan.

    Aug 06, 2009

  • Checking In With Health Insurers' Chief Lobbyist Karen Ignagni

    In just the last few weeks, Karen Ignagni, the health industry’s chief lobbyist, has faced Democratic accusations that insurers are "villains" and "immoral." In an interview with KHN, Ignagni discussed her take on the Democratic political assault, her industry’s end-game strategy and her unflagging opposition to a public plan.

    Aug 06, 2009

  • Dems and Republicans Head Home
    With Health Care Talking Points

    Democratic and Republican lawmakers will offer their constituents very different takes on pending health care legislation during the August recess. Democrats will say the bills will “hold insurance companies accountable” and guarantee lower costs and more choice, while the Republicans will warn against a government takeover that will undermine competition and drive up costs.

    Jul 31, 2009

  • Blue-Dog Deal Dogs Health Overhaul Effort

    An agreement between the House leadership and conservative Democrats sparked protests from states worried about higher Medicaid costs and liberals upset about the paring back of subsidies.

    Jul 31, 2009

  • Checking In With Rep. Lois Capps: Public Option Is a 'Must Have'

    As the vice chairwoman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, Lois Capps has been outspoken in her support for a health overhaul. She's concerned about the deal the House leadership made with the more conservative Blue Dog.

    Jul 31, 2009

  • Jubilant Democrats Move Ahead, But Still Face Many Obstacles on Reform

    After weeks of painstaking talks, Democrats celebrated breakthroughs on health care overhaul on both sides of the Capitol. Yet many lawmakers and health care experts said that yesterday's events marked only one step on the very bumpy road to a final deal that President Barack Obama might sign into law.

    Jul 30, 2009

  • Baucus: New CBO Score 'Good News'

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Wednesday that a preliminary Congressional Budget Office score of his panel's draft health care overhaul package would cost under $900 billion over the next decade and provide health coverage to 95 percent of uninsured Americans.

    Jul 29, 2009

  • Cost Squeeze Raises Concerns About Health Benefits Package

    As efforts continue to trim the cost of health reform, some lawmakers and patient groups are worried that the resulting insurance benefits will be less generous and affordable than they had hoped. Fiscal conservatives counter that Congress needs to be realistic about what the country can afford.

    Jul 27, 2009

  • Blue Dog Ross's Conundrum: Should He Battle Health Bill That Could Benefit His Depressed Town?

    Rep. Mike Ross grew up in tiny Prescott, Ark., and knows well the problems of many residents who can't afford health care insurance and have trouble getting access to hospitals and doctors. Yet Ross, a leader of the Blue Dog Democrats, stands ready to try to block passage of a health care reform bill in the House that might help his constituents; he complains the bill doesn't adequately contain costs or help rural areas enough.

    Jul 21, 2009

  • Checking In With Mike Ross

    As chairman of the Blue Dog Democrats’ health care reform task force, Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark. is pivotal in determining the final language of the bill, especially as it emerges from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. KHN's Eric Pianin spoke with Ross at his office in the Rayburn House Office Building, July 16, 2009 about his district and health reform.

    Jul 21, 2009