Tag Archives: Health care reform

Report of My Death. Et tu, Brute

Meek speaks: reports are ‘inaccurate at best’

copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org

Drama fills the airwaves. The tragic comedy comes to life, or is theatre of the absurd. The curtain rises. The cast murmurs. They say, it was first heard, or read in May 1897. At the time, Mark Twain and his demise were the topic. Today, The New York Times splashed the story on the front page of the paper. Bill Clinton Tried to Get Meek to Drop Out. The former President and friend of the Meek family, “last week tried to convince Kendrick Meek, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Florida, to drop out of the race.” Continue reading

The Ugly Truth About the Health Care Bill

This excerpt from Glenn Greenwald‘s column tells the tale:

“Just consider what Nate Silver wrote yesterday in trying to understand why progressives have suddenly united behind this bill, in a post he entitled “Why Liberals (Suddenly) Love the Health Care Bill”:

“It has occurred in spite of the fact that the bill hasn’t really gotten any more liberal. Whatever might come out of the reconciliation process will be marginally more liberal than what the Senate passed on its own, but still lacks a public option or a Medicare buy-in, and suffers from most of the same flaws that some liberals were critiquing in the first place. It might have helped a little bit to get the Senate bill off the front pages — but the differences between the “Obama”/reconciliation bill and the Senate’s December bill are fairly cosmetic.”

In other words, the bill which many progressives were swearing just a couple months ago they could not and would not support (the Senate bill) is materially similar to the bill they’re now vigorously supporting (the Obama/reconciliation bill). Continue reading

Progressive organizer: White House has “loser mentality”

The group pushing for a healthcare public option through reconciliation says the White House is wrong to doubt it
Salon.com Feb 23, 2010

AP: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs speaks to reporters, Monday, April 20, 2009, during his daily press briefing in the White House pressroom at the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON — The White House has done just about all it can to signal that the Obama administration isn’t on board with a push by progressive groups to pass a healthcare public option as part of a budget reconciliation measure. The idea isn’t in the proposal officials released Monday; aides aren’t talking it up; and Tuesday, press secretary Robert Gibbs said it just wouldn’t work.

“Though there are some that are supportive of this, there isn’t enough political support in a majority to get this through,” Gibbs told reporters.

But the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the group that’s behind a letter being circulated among Senate Democrats to push the plan, isn’t giving up. “The White House obviously has a loser mentality — but America rallies around winners,” co-founder Adam Green e-mailed reporters shortly after Gibbs’s remark. “Polls show that in state after state, voters hate the Senate bill and overwhelmingly want a public option, even if passed with zero Republican votes. More than 50 Senate Democrats and 218 House Democrats were willing to vote for the public option before, and the only way to lose in reconciliation is if losers are leading the fight. That’s why Democrats in Congress should ignore the White House and follow those like Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez, who know that the public option is a political and policy winner.”

He Works. We Wait

“White House to Main Street” Town Hall: Elyria, OH

copyright © 2010 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org

A recent change of the guard in the Massachusetts Senate race force the President to reveal he is working. We, the American people, are waiting, just as we have been for months and months. For a full year, countless citizens have felt as though they were patient. Yet, the President did not seem to have their interests at heart. True change has not come. Countless constituents anticipate none is forthcoming. Three hundred and sixty five plus have gone by and the American people are tired of being patient. Continue reading

Prescriptions


Lieberman: I Won’t Vote for a Health Care Reform Bill with Medicare Buy-In, Public Option

By Betsy L. Angert

On the eve of what was thought to be, perhaps, a sign of progress in the six-decade long health care reform debate, joblessness mounts. Depression increases. The intensity of illness is on the rise. Few if any can afford to visit a doctor. People are unemployed, under-employed, and if an individual has an income, hours are reduced. There is barely enough to pay the most basic bills, let alone insurance premiums. Yet, staffers have been asked, no told, by business owners, workers must pay a larger portion of their health care coverage. Bosses bellow in unison; with profits down, certainly the corporations cannot continue to offer perks. Medical indemnities are a privilege, not a guarantee. If you feel ill, if you are injured, take two pills and call no one in the morning.

Do not dare telephone the Democrats. They have made their peace with the health care crisis. Republicans will not respond to the cries of a public, and Independents are, as you know independent! The decree; health care reform was dead on arrival. Continue reading

Ass kissing liberal apologists for failed health reform

Michael Collins

The myth that the Democratic plans for health reform will produce anything by the target date of 2014 is only exceeded in absurdity by the myth that the world will end on December 21, 2012.

“New media” pundit Eric Alterman is down on his knees, genuflecting before the graven idol of Democratic Party interests.  He wrote a full fledged justification supporting the current idol with feet of clay, the Democratic health care reform effort ongoing in the United States Senate.  The article looks like talking points hot off the press from the White House Office of Disinformation since he’s giving the president credit for all the good things which have materialized as if by magic in the latest Senate’s efforts.

To begin with, he failed to note these very real issues in the health care debate:  the immediate need by tens of millions for adequate health care and financial relief from exorbitant prices; the preservation of insurance companies at the center of public health care, companies with no interest in or obligation for the public welfare; and, the gross hypocrisy of the president demanding that health reform not add one penny to the deficit while he spends hundreds of billions for the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq – pure deficit operations with no discernible benefit to citizens. Continue reading

Dems want to end Health Insurance Co’s monopoly exemption

insured by mafiaShould Health Insurance companies continue to hold monopoly control of regional health insurance coverage and also be allowed to cream the young and healthy and deny coverage to everyone else? 

This sounds more like the Mafia than like any “regulated” industry.  But it’s what we have now.

Dems target health industry anti-trust

By DAVID ESPO      October 21, 2009

Top Senate Democrats intend to try to strip the health insurance industry of its exemption from federal antitrust laws, according to congressional officials, the latest evidence of a deepening struggle over President Barack Obama’s effort to overhaul the health care industry.

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Designed to fail??

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Obama Tries On The Uniform   Information Clearinghouse
 
By David Michael Green
 
Tens of thousands of his campaign staff, volunteers and contributors had to resort to buying a full-page New York Times ad to let the guy know that they’ll find somebody else, thank you very much, in the 2012 primaries if this clown continues to serve Wall Street while ignoring every other street in America.