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Sebelius, Kathleen. Health and human services secretary. Her role in health reform has been largely invisible. Maybe she's just discreet.
Single-payer. A form of health insurance in which the government becomes the insurer. Canada's system is single-payer.
Smith, Adam. Bard of capitalism, exalter of markets. You wouldn't want to go to his primary care physician.
Socialized medicine. A form of health insurance in which the government provides not only the insurance but also the doctors and hospitals. Britain has this sytem. So does Spain and Italy.
Stupak amendment. The House provision in health care reform effectively blocking health insurers who offer coverage for abortion from participating in the exchanges. Rejected by the Senate, it's the only abortion language supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (See "Bishops.") It probably can't be included in a reconciliation bill because it has no impact on federal spending. That makes it a huge obstacle to passing health reform.
Tauzin, Billy. Departing president of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America, he cut a deal with the Obama White House limiting drug companies' exposure in health reform. Great deal for him, lousy one for the country.
"That dog won't hunt." Fake down-home expression meaning "No." Often used by Washington politicians, but seldom used by those with authentic rural roots.
Three-legged stool. In health reform, a phrase describing the mutual dependence of an individual mandate, a ban on exclusion based on pre-existing conditions, and subsidies to purchase health insurance. (See "Individual mandate" and "Preexisting conditions.")