Archive for August, 2009

Bi-Partisanship is Hurting Democrats

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 (Special bonus op/ed) After the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy last week, a parade of Republicans lined up to bemoan how his departure could spell the end of bi-partisanship in the Senate with regards to the healthcare bill. Because, as we all know, “bi-partisanship is a one-way street in Republicanland”. Kennedy is gone. Ipso-facto, these […]

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August 29, 2009
Posted in: Healthcare, Politics, Rants, Seems Obvious to Me

Ted Poe’s Healthcare Town Hall in a Funeral Home. A live report.

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 Saturday, Texas Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) held his “Healthcare Town Hall” in the chapel of a Houston funeral home, which I attended. Despite Poe’s insistence that they had held other “Town Halls” there before (a wealthy Houston suburb consisting almost entirely of Republicans), the choice of venue was clearly deliberate. Political theater at its most […]

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August 24, 2009
Posted in: Healthcare, Politics

Is this country literally too stupid to live? Will Public Option be defeated by those who need it most?

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 During Sunday’s political talkshows, the consensus appeared to be that “the Public Option is dead.” If so, I can guarantee you the healthcare lobbyists and special interests are dancing in their offices this morning, smelling victory in the air as a $173 million dollar effort to defeat healthcare reform pays off. Through a well-concerted effort of […]

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August 17, 2009
Posted in: Healthcare, Politics, Rants

Standing up to Town Hall stupidity.

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 I was all prepared to talk about Rightwing lunacy in general this week following a parade of morons hitting the headlines day after day, but (as is so often the case), I got distracted. This week, we saw the Stock Market close above 9,300… it’s highest point since before Bush left office (Election Day to […]

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August 10, 2009
Posted in: Healthcare, Politics, Rants

Why they are fighting it: Because a Cap on Profits is Inevitable.

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 A major concern regarding a government insurance program, should one pass, is that Private insurers will snap up all the “healthy” people, turning the Public plan into a dumping ground for the highest risk & most costly patients, costing the government billions. While it has been nice this past week to FINALLY hear President Obama […]

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August 2, 2009
Posted in: Healthcare, Politics, Seems Obvious to Me