Tag Archives: Healthcare

AP: Premiums will rise under Democrats’ health plan

By The Associated Press
with edits by RawStory

Last month, President Barack Obama bemoaned double-digit increases in healthcare premiums — most notably a 39% year-over-year hike by the Blue Cross insurance leviathan Wellpoint in California. Wellpoint is raising premiums by double digits for many customers in 11 states.

But according to an analysis by the Associated Press, health insurance premiums will rise under the Democrats’ own health care plan championed by President Obama.

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Michael Moore Slowly Awakening to the Awful Truth?

By Deb JerseyG
Coalition of the Obvious

It seems he has drawn the curtain back just a bit to expose the fake left/right paradigm that is our political system.  He still hasn’t reached COTO status yet but it’s starting to look like maybe Mike isn’t a shill for the dem establishment after all.  Time will tell. ~jg

“The Green They Steal, The Greed They Wear …” a St. Patrick’s Day lament by Michael Moore

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Slaughter House Rules: How Democrats may ‘deem’ ObamaCare into law, without voting

New York Democrat Louise Slaughter chairs the House Rules Committee

Wall Street Journal Opinion

Nancy Pelosi: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” [Vote first, read later?]

The (Louise) Slaughter House Rule is a procedural ruse to let each House vote on a different version of a bill, resulting in some arbitrary hybrid, defeating one of Madison’s core checks and balances.

We’re not sure American schools teach civics any more, but once upon a time they taught that under the U.S. Constitution a bill had to pass both the House and Senate to become law. Until this week, that is, when Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to merely “deem” that the House has passed the Senate health-care bill and then send it to President Obama to sign anyway.

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Money Sure to Keep Healthcare [Scam] on the Agenda

Insurance goons are working with Big Pharma, for whom the White House pimps a “health insurance reform” agenda that corporate media deceptively tells the US is “healthcare reform.”  Center for Public Integrity advises that 3/4 of a billion lobby dollars were spent in 2009 alone. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) adds that progressives plan to rally and protest for the next six years until the insurance bailout becomes law. Obama’s plan will legally mandate health insurance for poor people who can’t afford it. Meanwhile, I got my ambulance bill – for driving me three miles and refusing me oxygen or anything for pain, $750.  ~ Ed.


It’s too early to say how the messy, protracted health care debate will end. But one thing is already clear: It’s generated record lobbying expenditures. And like health care itself, the lobbying battle over health reform just keeps costing more.

Health-care-related lobbying and TV advertising have easily cleared the half-billion mark, topping $700 million in 2009, according to political money and ad tracking experts. Much of that went to pay for an army of lobbyists that numbered 4,525 last year, reports the Center for Public Integrity — eight for every member of Congress.

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Go, Van, Go: Stop ObamaCare

Photo is from humor on the net –

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Joe Klein’s Fatuous Fantasy

By Michael Collins

Time Magazine’s Joe Klein is having an allergic reaction to free speech and public debate. The title of his latest column says it all:   The Left’s Idiocy on Health Reform. It’s an ex cathedra pronouncement from a made man at one of the nation’s oldest media properties.

What’s got Joe so worked up?

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Another Historic Bailout: Health Insurance Industry Defeats Public Will, Public Health

By Rady Ananda

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed the Senate on Christmas Eve, forever memorializing President Obama’s squeeze on tens of millions of poor Americans. In perfect Scrooge fashion, the bill mandates those who cannot afford health insurance to buy it.

The insurance industry exists solely on profits garnered by denying claims. A majority of US citizens rebuked the middleman plan, but Obama and the Democrats pushed to support another industry bailout at the expense of the public. Talk about class war.

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AmeriKKKan HELLth KKKare

By John Ervin

Senators, Presidents, Money-Mongers ( and other “Health” Pimps ):~~

This is the most gerrymandered piece of legislative crap, as Joe Bageant said, “No health care debate….Mob negotiations to see which Mob will get the biggest chunk of change.”  You legislators that are supporting this HELLth KKKare Heist are as culpable as the Mobs that are running you.  
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The Senate’s health care fiasco

By Lee Sustar

FROM BAD to worse to–utterly wretched.

That’s the course of so-called health-care “reform” in the Senate. The final version of the legislation is so filled with giveaways to big insurance companies that even leading liberal Democrats are threatening to join Republicans in opposing it.

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The business of health care reform

ISR Editorial

MOST GREAT American fortunes were made by capitalists who used the power of government to gain advantages over competitors or to profit from public resources. For example, the Gilded Age plutocrats—the Vanderbilts, the Astors, the Stewarts, the Goulds—built their railroad-based fortunes on the foundation of $100 million in federal and state grants and 200 million acres of federal land grants.

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The pharmaceutical industry toasts to your ill health

By Ed Steene

Your good health translates into zero profit for the pharmaceutical industry. General well-being of the public and cures for disease would mean the collapse of the pharmaceutical industry since they must have illness to have demand for their drugs, in order to exist. This is the truth that drives political corruption, mandating of vaccines, control over the healthcare industry, and efforts to destroy natural health companies and practititioners.

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HHS Head Sebelius Says Ignore Panel, Get Mammogram

Cancer doc (left) tops bureaucrat (right) on cancer recs (WUSA).

Michael Collins

Also published at The Agonist

 “The (task force) recommends against routine screening mammography in women aged 40 to 49 years.” U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, Nov. 17, 2009

“My message to women is simple. Mammograms have always been an important life-saving tool in the fight against breast cancer and they still are today. Keep doing what you have been doing for years – talk to your doctor about your individual history, ask questions, and make the decision that is right for you.”  Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary,  Nov. 18.

Talk about a short news cycle.  A Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appointed “best practices” task force dismissed the value of “routine” mammograms as a cancer prevention technique for women 40 to 49 years on Tuesday, November 17.

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Healthcare Bill a $70 Billion Giveway to Insurance Industry

House Passes Landmark Healthcare Bill with Amendment Backed by Anti-Abortion Lawmakers

By Amy Goodman

The bill has been described as the biggest overhaul of the country’s healthcare system since the Medicare and Medicaid Act of 1965. Among those who voted no was Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich, a leading proponent of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all healthcare system. Reproductive rights took a hit Saturday night when the House also passed an amendment to establish limits on the funding of abortions within the new framework that would be established by the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

Guests:  Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Democratic Congress member from Ohio. He voted no on the healthcare bill that just passed the House. And Jane Hamsher, founder of Firedoglake blog.

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40 Million ‘Health’ Criminals

At least two provisions in the House  health reform bill are very troubling, the de facto repeal of Roe v. Wade and this.  In a powerful post on the Welcome Back to Pottersville blog, poster Jurassicpork laid it out.  This is as clear and logical a statement as I’ve seen on the utter contempt that Congress has for the people.  We’re creating a new criminal class, people who can’t afford health insurance.  The solution – fines and prison.  All thanks to the Money Party which has reached depths previously unimaginable.  Well worth a read.  Michael Collins

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Direct Democracy: Why the American People must disband Congress

direct democracyBy Mike Adams

Given that the massive health care reform bill just passed by the House was one of the largest pieces of legislation in U.S. history, you might wonder why you didn’t get to vote on it. When it comes to federal legislation, your vote doesn’t count in America, didn’t you know? You are dictated to by a small band of the political elite who may or may not represent your interests (or even the interests of your fellow citizens).

Those people are called members of Congress. And as you’ll read here, they are essentially obsolete. Society no longer has any need for them. Here’s why…  Continue reading

Survey of Primary Care Physicians in 11 Countries, 2009: Perspectives on Care, Costs, and Experiences

Summary by Deborah Lorber


A study of more than 10,000 primary care physicians in 11 countries finds the United States lags far behind in terms of access to care, the use of financial incentives to improve the quality of care, and the use of health information technology. In other countries, national policies have sped the adoption of such innovations.

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Public Opting

public optionBy Jack Lewis

A friend received her emergency room bill in this week’s mail. She opened it with trepidation, scanning down the complicated billing data to the bottom line. It came to $1.90.

Welcome to the Public Option.

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Demand NO Roll Call on HR 676 Single Payer in Current Hostile Congress

PETITION_BANNER_health_care_for_allBy John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich

Join us in suggesting to congressional leaders that this is not the right time to call the roll on HR 676, a single payer, not-for-profit, health care bill.

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Foot in the Door: Capitalism and Health Care

socialism_vs_capitalismBy Stephen Fleischman

Isn’t it perfectly clear that the uproar over a public option in the health care reform bill now squeezing its way through Congress is about nothing but the foot in the door to socialized medicine and ultimately to other socialized things?

What a break that would be when you look around and see what capitalism hath wrought. While the ice-caps melt, corporate America is making billions on the dooming of the planet.

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Freedom Rider: Health Care Deceit

ObamaLiarOnSinglePayerBy Margaret Kimberley

The health care fiasco has bared the cowardly underbelly of the Democratic Party, which is putty in the hands of President Obama and his co-conspirators in the insurance industry. The conclusion is inescapable: Barack Obama and the majority of the Democrats never had any intention of bringing reform to health care.

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