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Wyden's Healthy Americans Act

Update: A Kossack totally trashes it. Looks like he's read it too. Ezra has only just gotten started with Wyden's proposal, but it sounds good to me. Here's what Ezra has noticed so far:

Meanwhile, an individual mandate would be implemented, forcing every American to purchase one of the options offered by their state's newly formed Health Help Agency (HHA). The HHA's will have a menu of private insurance plans, all of which must provide coverage equal to or better than the Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard Plan used by Congress. All plans will be community rated by the state, meaning an end to adverse selection and preexisting condition problems. The only acceptable variables for price will be geography, family size, and smoking status. Subsidies will be offered up to 400 percent of the poverty line, will full coverage provided to those below 100 percent. Employers will contribute through a set equation related to business size and yearly profits. There's quite a bit more, but that's the basic outline.
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Inflation: War is Hell!

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-The cost of equipping an infantry soldier tripled, from $7000 in 1999 to $24,000 today.
-The cost of Humvee's went from $32,000 in 2001 to a breathtaking $225,000 each today.
-The cost of training, feeding and housing Army recruits went from $75,000 per soldier in 2001 to $120,000 today. (The Army uses private contractors, largely Halliburton's Kellogg, Root & Brown, to provide most non-training services, such as food service and base maintenance.)

Goodnight, moon

I can't sleep. Tell me a story.... Read more about Goodnight, moon

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Black Men Speak

Are you listening?

Dispute the numbers all you want, the point is still the same. It's soooo easy to believe that "black men are responsible for [insert horrible crime here]." Even for those of us who are black, it's a hard trap to avoid. Read more about Black Men Speak

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Which One of You Pissed Off McCain?

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Clearly, he's not a fan of the blogosphere.

– Commercial websites and personal blogs “would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000.”

– Internet service providers (ISPs) are already required to issue such reports, but under McCain’s legislation, bloggers with comment sections may face “even stiffer penalties” than ISPs.

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Time to Pray: Democratic Senator Has Had a Stroke

No link yet, but apparently MSNBC is reporting that Sen. Tim Johnson D-SD has had a stroke. Ironically, it seems he was very active on just that very issue while in office. Read more about Time to Pray: Democratic Senator Has Had a Stroke

South Africa Continues to Lead Ethics Race

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South Africa bans canned "hunting" of predator cats, anyway.

The hunting of lions and other big cats bred in captivity purely to die at the barrel of a gun will be outlawed under legislation that comes into force next year, the government said Wednesday.

Violent Christianist video game is teh suck and isn't selling

No, I'm not talking about Iraq. Though I might as well be. I've talking about the Left Behind video game, where believers gun down non-believers in the streets of Manhattan, only blocks from the WTC. In a Godly way, of course.

But you know what? The game sucks. (Now, I said I wasn't talking about Iraq!) San Francisco Chronicle: Read more about Violent Christianist video game is teh suck and isn't selling

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Hi, My Name's Jeff! What's Yours?

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sound of pants unzipping Ben Dover.

Enjoy your stay, Mr. Skilling. With your purty mouth, I just know you'll make a lot of new friends. Read more about Hi, My Name's Jeff! What's Yours?

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Congrats to Representative-Elect Rodriguez!

54-45!
And best of all, he's a real progressive. Bonilla is supposed to be some close Bush family friend, and I'm enjoying a little December gloating on top of all that we enjoyed last month. Read more about Congrats to Representative-Elect Rodriguez!

Your Loud Obbs Thought for the Day

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Illegal aliens who are male and between the ages of 18 and 26 must register for Selective Service, aka the draft.

I nominate this as a new Zen koan, possibly to replace "what is the sound of one hand clapping" which has become somewhat of a cliche. Read more about Your Loud Obbs Thought for the Day

Chaos Is The Plan vs. The Shia Are The Plan

Following up on Shystee's post (check the picture!), one of the slow pleasures of the last year or so has been watching the eminently sane Josh Marshall become more Shrill, as he loses any deference to the insane authoritarians who are ruling us. Josh opines: Read more about Chaos Is The Plan vs. The Shia Are The Plan

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