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Dem Consensus: NO Crisis in Social Security -- but INSURANCE available for it

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we're not supposed to go back to the toxic emanations of the primaries. Tough. Look at what the Democratic candidates were saying less than a year ago about Social Security. Now I'm VERY glad it wasn't kicked over to prop up the stock market -- don't even try to misunderstand that. But look at what guys like Kucinich, Dodd, and Edwards had to say about this issue. Read below the fold...

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Single payer around the country

Open Letter to Obama in the Houston Chronicle

Last week, in the public clinic where I work, I treated a 6-year-old girl who had visited the emergency room for cellulitis, an infection of the skin, over her hand. Usually a relatively minor condition that is easily treated with a 10-day course of antibiotics, cellulitis can sometimes cause severe consequences, including life-threatening sepsis, if not treated promptly.

The reason this patient was notable was because she was uninsured and had been sent home with a prescription that her mother tried to fill but was unable to afford. How much did the antibiotic suspension cost? $500. ...

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Phoenix Woman on Social Security

Great, er, reporting.

It would be nice to have some baseline of dignity to look forward too. Eh? Read below the fold...

Hey, NSA? If you can read this, you're too close

Just saying.

Goes for my email, too, and all my other "papers and effects". Read below the fold...

Hold it? Or let go?

Buy my shit or I shoot this market

AIG:

Donn Vickrey, who runs the independent research firm Gradient Analytics, predicts that A.I.G. is going to cost taxpayers at least $100 billion more before it finally stabilizes, by which time the company will almost surely have been broken into pieces, with the government owning large chunks of it. A quarter of a trillion dollars, if it comes to that, is an astounding amount of money to hand over to one company to prevent it from going bust. Yet the government feels it has no choice: because of A.I.G.’s dubious business practices during the housing bubble it pretty much has the world’s financial system by the throat.

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Santelli teabag rant part of a Conservative-funded disinformation campaign?

Via Digby. Interesting.

Not that I have anything against teabagging, you understand. I just feel it should be conducted in the privacy of one's own home or desk.

UPDATE Sorry for the redundancy in the headline. Of course, all Conservative campaigns are disinformation campaigns. Read below the fold...

Next thing we do, let's kill all the academic economists (except for the hippies like Krugman)

Here's a great article from Yves. None of the authors -- and I know this will surprise you -- are from the "best" schools, and none are from anywhere near Chicago. The Financial Crisis and the Systemic Failure of Academic Economics [PDF]:

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First of March -- Must Be Range Fire Season

Texas is burning. Please don't cheer. Thousands of acres of powderbox-dry woods and brush in the Hill Country have gone up in flame since Thursday, and it's getting worse. That white streak in the satellite photo below is the smoke plume from just one fire.
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Saturday Night Lo-Fi blogging

"The Gnostic Obama"

Gad. Any joke that you have to explain....

We just get these ever more sophisticated variants of W.O.R.M.

Wouldn't it be simpler, as well as analyitically more effective, so follow the money, and watch who gets the power? All this meta shit... Read below the fold...

So why does Obama cut the middleman out for student loans, but not for health care?

Down with Tyranny:

Friday's Washington Post explained it beautifully, pointing out that by directly giving the student loans to students and cutting out the greedy middlemen ... Obama saves the taxpayers $47.5 billion over the next ten years and, at the same time, helps far more students-- two factors that aren't exactly McKeon goals. Since the government assumes all the default risk, there is no reason at all to involve the finance companies.

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Rahm's brother, Ezekiel, butchers the moral issues on health care

Hilariously, Mini-Rahm's against single payer because of [wait for it] American exceptionalism:

The biggest problem with single-payer is its failure to cohere with core American values.

Uh huh. Like the insurance companies' business model of denying care for profit is a core American value?

And hilariously, Mini-Rahm thinks that the issue is health insurance:

In a morally responsible country, everyone should have health insurance*.

But that's not true. Mini-Rahm's sentence should read:

In a morally responsible country, everyone should have health insurance care.

Mini-Rahm prates about core American values, but if these quotes are any indication, he has no concept of "moral responsibility" at all. He just gets the basic issues wrong; in other words, he's a classic Villager. See (via Allegre) this one story:

Last week, in the public clinic where I work, I treated a 6-year-old girl who had visited the emergency room for cellulitis, an infection of the skin, over her hand. Usually a relatively minor condition that is easily treated with a 10-day course of antibiotics, cellulitis can sometimes cause severe consequences, including life-threatening sepsis, if not treated promptly.

The reason this patient was notable was because she was uninsured and had been sent home with a prescription that her mother tried to fill but
was unable to afford. How much did the antibiotic suspension cost? $500.

The moral problem is the child's cellulitis, not which business or government entity processes the payment, if any. It's denial of care that is the harm done, here. Mini-Rahm, like a classic bad salesperson, is trying to sell a drill, when the buyer wants a hole. Please, please, can Conyers call him as a witness? Read below the fold...

Obama nominates Sebelius as Health secretary

per Reuters' report:

Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:42pm EST
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a U.S. official said on Saturday.

Sebelius has accepted Obama's offer and the president will formally announce the nomination on Monday afternoon at the White House, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Obama's health insurance mandate is a just another bailout, this time for the insurance companies

Jonathan Cohn quoting Dr. Steve Auerbach

Mandate plans such as Obama/Baucus are in effect a bail-out of the private insurance companies that add no value to the health care system. Reducing the federal tax benefit such as Wyden and Republicans support, just shifts the cost from the Federal government to state government, employers and individual.

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