Is Obama interested in health care? Is he even paying attention? Or does it just bore him?
[OBAMA] You can expect us to work on health-care reform that will bring down costs while maintaining quality
You know, I was under the impression that maintaining quality wouldn't really be enough.
Even the nudge crowd and the Dartmouth Atlas mafia want to improve quality -- at least by their standards. Read more about In presser, Obama lowers the baseline on health care "reform" yet again
Still with the stupid security tricks? Ordering Air France jet away from US airspace due to unobsequious journalist on board?
An Air France flight from Paris to Mexico had to detour to Martinique on Saturday, April 18, in order to avoid US air space. It was ordered to not fly over part of the US, apparently because a Colombian born Le Monde Diplomatique journalist who has written critically of the US actions is on the terrorist watch list -- and mustn't be in the skies over the US. Read more about Still with the stupid security tricks? Ordering Air France jet away from US airspace due to unobsequious journalist on board?
Today we get a really novel approach to explaining why we are having an economic crisis. Think Progress reports that POTUS spoke at a town hall meeting in Missouri today.
Obama then noted that the real fiscal problem facing the United States is the skyrocketing costs of Medicare and Medicaid, not the Recovery Act or bank bailouts, which he said are "one-time charges." "If we aren't careful, health care will consume so much of our budget that ultimately we won't be able to do anything else," he warned.
Or so says the current take on the Chrysler restructuring.
Chrysler's creditors would get $2 billion in cash and no equity stake. The automaker's current owner Cerberus Capital Management would be wiped out.
Yesterday was my birthday, so I took the day off. My birthday present to me was a webcam, so if I can ever figure out how to get YouTube to accept an upload, we may have some visits from Granny Bee.—Caro Read more about Politics and Media Headlines 4/29/09
A few days ago Lambert asked us to help Dr. Jess's ad go viral.
Now the estimable Clark Newhall who brought us the recent fax blast is trying to get the Dr. Jess/Mike Farrell ad, along with several others, on TV. You can donate to this effort here.
Here's the email that was forwarded to me:
RALLY – Put your FEET ON THE STREET
Saturday, May 30 12 - 2 p.m.
Capitol Building (Maine State House) in Augusta
If you care about health care, you'll be there.
A committee has been formed to organize a RALLY to take place at the Maine State House in Augusta on Saturday, May 30 from 12 noon to 2 pm. The committee includes individuals and organizations like the Maine State Nurses Assoc./CNA/NNOC, Maine AFL-CIO, Maine Peoples Alliance and Maine Healthcare Reform.
I am, at this moment, so damn glad I am not represented at the state or national level by the subject of the video below that you're glad of it too. This ... nasty-nice Republican Representative stood up to speak on a hate crimes bill, and announced to the world that Matthew Shepard's death had nothing to do with his sexuality.
What you need to do Read more about Lying or Stupid? How about BOTH?
We have some language for you to take a look at. Ari Gibbs:
More discretion earlier in the process may have been useful, but at this point, investors are keen for information, and do not want to wait. Regulators are stress-testing 19 banks, and told banks the preliminary results on Friday. Banks can contest the results, and government officials have said they will release results in some form next week.
I'm fed to the teeth with the "we can't afford government" shtick, y'all.
Tonight I heard one of my hometown's public opinion shapers -- again -- decrying the need to spend money to recruit, train, and retain professional public servants: our police force. Read more about Let's quit trying to short-shrift public servants
Healthcare-Now! reports that Albany will hold its its national day of action on May 27, which is a Wednesday.
We will be lobbying to get New York State to pass legislation to establish a single payer program for New York State. Legislation (A2356 / S2370) is pending in both houses. Governor Paterson has been a long time supporter of single payer health care.
We also will be working to pass a State Senate resolution in support of a federal single payer bill. The New York State Assembly passed a resolution last year.
There will be a noon time rally in west Capitol Park. This is part of a national week of action on single payer.
Michael Steele got a fundraising mailer out immediately:
[Specter's] defection to the Democrat Party puts the Democrats in an almost unstoppable position to pass Obama's destructive agenda of income redistribution, health care nationalization, and a massive expansion of entitlements.
If only... Read more about Would it were so!