A who’s who of health care reform

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Politico – Here’s a look at key players beyond the top tier:

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

He has emerged as a leading liberal voice in the Senate on health care. When President Barack Obama sounded noncommittal on the public option, Brown predicted he would come around. When the White House made conflicting statements about an $80 billion deal with the pharmaceutical industry, Brown called it on it. When the media raised doubts about the political viability of a public option, Brown countered that a majority of Democrats backed the proposal. As a member of the Senate health committee, he co-wrote with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) the public insurance option that Reid placed into the merged Senate bill. Brown has established himself as the go-to spokesman on the progressive side of the scale.

Akron Beacon Journal – Overdraft protection policies are designed to help cover checks that would otherwise bounce. Bank officials say they offer the programs in order to protect consumers from unpaid bills and to help avoid the embarrassment of a check being returned for insufficient funds. But consumers have often complained about what they call excessive fees.

The practices have caught the attention of Congress.

Four senators, including Sherrod Brown of Ohio, introduced a bill called the Fairness and Accountability in Receiving (FAIR) Overdraft Coverage Act. Similar legislation was also introduced in the U.S. House.

Akron Beacon Journal – Overdraft protection policies are designed to help cover checks that would otherwise bounce. Bank officials say they offer the programs in order to protect consumers from unpaid bills and to help avoid the embarrassment of a check being returned for insufficient funds. But consumers have often complained about what they call excessive fees.

The practices have caught the attention of Congress.

Four senators, including Sherrod Brown of Ohio, introduced a bill called the Fairness and Accountability in Receiving (FAIR) Overdraft Coverage Act. Similar legislation was also introduced in the U.S. House.

Akron Beacon Journal – Overdraft protection policies are designed to help cover checks that would otherwise bounce. Bank officials say they offer the programs in order to protect consumers from unpaid bills and to help avoid the embarrassment of a check being returned for insufficient funds. But consumers have often complained about what they call excessive fees.

The practices have caught the attention of Congress.

Four senators, including Sherrod Brown of Ohio, introduced a bill called the Fairness and Accountability in Receiving (FAIR) Overdraft Coverage Act. Similar legislation was also introduced in the U.S. House.