Who would hold a health care summit and exclude doctors?
Letter from Health Care Now:
White Coats To Crowd the White House Gate Thursday
Doctors criticize exclusion of single-payer advocates from summit
President Obama is holding a Healthcare Summit on Thursday, March 5th. Over 120 are expected to be in attendance, including representatives from Americas Health Insurance Plans, the largest group of private health insurance lobbyists.Read below the fold...
On Single Payer Healthcare
As a candidate you have promised to treat issues in a truly bipartisan manner. On most issues this has clearly been the case.
Single payer is the one single issue that transcends all politics of the American people and they are almost all (65%) clearly in agreement with.
We all want single payer health care.
In the last couple of years I have seen fundraisers for 4 local people in order to pay for their health care because either their insurance refused to cover legitimate costs or they had absolutely zero coverage. Read below the fold...
President Obama sent a secret letter to Russia’s president last month suggesting that he would back off deploying a new missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow would help stop Iran from developing long-range weapons, American officials said Monday.
Seems like a smart idea to me. Read below the fold...
Gee, are you getting the feeling that everybody at the top of the food chain is either a thief, a tool, or a fool? [To be fair, unless proven otherwise] First, we find that GM was looting its pension fund while it was gearing up for a bailout:
Details are emerging about how General Motors Corp.'s U.S. pension funds went from a $20-billion surplus at the end of 2007 to a $12.4-billion deficit 12 months later.Read below the fold...
So I just got a notice from Capital One saying that:
"at Capital One we are committed to providing valuable customers like you with honest and open communication. Today, we're notifying you that terms of your account are changing."
"Due to the extraordinary changes in the economic environment, we're reviewing our existing credit card accounts. . . . [and] we will be changing your Purchase and Balance Transfer rate. "
After 2010 the rate will go up to 17.9%, and vary by adding 14.65% to the Prime Rate. Then, they are raising my default rate to 29.4%. It may vary monthly and will be determined by adding 26.15% to the Prime rate. Read below the fold...
Well, that's certainly a recipe for success!* CSM:
To make that point, Obama invited key members of Congress to stand with him. "It's going to be Kathleen's job and Nancy's job to work with extraordinary leaders like the ones on this stage," he said.
• Republicans will be invited to participate in the process, starting with Thursday's "health care summit" at the White House. To symbolize that strategy, Obama had Kansas Republicans Bob Dole, a former Senate GOP leader, and Sen. Pat Roberts standing with Sebelius, a Democrat. Change should focus "not on Democratic ideas or Republican ideas, but on ideas that work," Obama said.Read below the fold...
Yesterday I watched and listened to Rush Limbaugh give his speech to the faithful of CPac. Since it was covered by FOX, he jokingly announced that it was his first address to the Nation and later on he called it his first International address, slyly noting that he was not using a teleprompter. I can remember when I'd turn off the radio if he came on but that was when there was a Democratic Party that I could identify with.
Full of himself with his usual bravado, the big guy seemed really nervous and coughed a lot. Like most of us he is much more confident alone behind his radio mic but despite all that he was his usual megaphone self, blasting away at the current administration and rallying the Conservatives to take back the country. Read below the fold...