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Dems manage to frame "public option" as welfare?

"?" since the sourcing is a tweet:

Karen Tumulty was on a press call with the HELP committee to hear about Kennedy's bill, and she just posted a tweet with the following...

Senate HELP bill: If u hate ur employer's coverage, u have to keep it, unless it costs 12.5% of ur salary. No public plan 4 u.

The more interesting quote

On the editorial woes of Boston Magazine, not this:

Rosenbaum said Lipson frequently pushed him to be irreverent, “going after poor people, Democrats, the handicapped, minorities,’’ he said. “He’s to the right of Attila the Hun. At least he was. I haven’t spoken to him since the day he fired me.’’

Public option miscellany

The slow and horrible death of the "progressive" ideal

During the primaries, many lamented how self-identified "progressives" were willing to use false charges of racism, misogyny, and every tool that the right developed in the 1990s to smear both Clintons (along with some new and special smears of their own), to elect a candidate they deemed "progressive," much like themselves. But that's all blood under the bridge, right? I've gotten over it. Read more about The slow and horrible death of the "progressive" ideal

Poor judgment

Again.

I'm turning off the comments on this one. Go read Avedon.

NOTE I saw some Corrente readers over at Avedon's place who said it was the first time they'd been there. This amazes me, since I link back to her quite a bit. Therefore, let me say that Avedon is an absolutely essential read, not only because she kept her head during the primariez, but because she links to a lot of great, lower-traffic blogs that might otherwise never get recognition. So read her every day. Read more about Poor judgment

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Chair of the Montana Democratic Committee endorses single payer

Democratic chairman backs single-payer health care

HELENA — The head of the Montana Democratic Party, also a candidate for Congress, is coming out in favor of universal health coverage at a time when the issue is becoming increasingly difficult for senior Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.

Dennis McDonald, who hopes to topple U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg in 2010, said the current proposals in Washington, D.C., are far too complicated.

Terminological interlude

One of the problems with our discourse today is that we don't have a name for the financial and economic crisis that we've been in since, like, forever. I've toyed with several ideas, but today, I'm rather taken with The Big FAIL.

Because there's so, so much right now that's exhibiting an utter lack of win, don't you agree?

Even, perhaps, "the right people". Read more about Terminological interlude

Why don't we turn the banks into regulated public utilities, and avoid the coming SON OF FAIL?

John Kay has a lucid and level-headed article in the Guardian about the bankster's current FAIL, and how to prevent it from happening again. For the FAIL, I'll single out two points:

Conflicts of interest

Headed straight down

Or, in the jargon, "strong vertical acceleration." Eesh.

Bad way to go. Read more about Headed straight down

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Call for distributed research on HELP committee draft

Jane has a link to the text of the proposed legislation. Is there anyone with time and inclination to read it and see if there is anything in it that would prohibit the states from enacting their own single payer systems? That is our fall back position. If the federal government fails to act, the states should retain the freedom to create their own systems. Read more about Call for distributed research on HELP committee draft

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NC calls for single payer

Hundreds protest for single payer health care in North Carolina

Hundreds Protest for Single Payer Health Care

Asheville, NC - People from all over western North Carolina protested here in Pritchard Park, June 27, to demand a single payer system in which health care is provided to all people, with those able to paying their fair share.

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NPR's Censored News Stories and Its Ombudsman's Hollow Claims

[cross posted at NPR Check]

On her blog Alicia Shepard recently made an enhanced response to her initial harsh defense of not using "coded language" like the word torture, Alicia Shepard makes the following bold claim: Read more about NPR's Censored News Stories and Its Ombudsman's Hollow Claims

What's worse? WaPo selling access to health care "reporters"? Or Obama using the service?

Versailles is a sack of pus waiting to burst. And maybe the sack has started to leak. Mike Allen actually has a story:

For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post is offering lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to "those powerful few" — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and the paper’s own reporters and editors.

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