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PNHP responds to Shumlin's betrayal on universal health care

I got this press release in mail, but it doesn't seem to be anywhere on the web yet. So herewith:

Single payer in Vermont and the U.S.: Now IS the time

The following statement was released today by Dr. Andrew D. Coates, president of Physicians for a National Health Program:

Today, Vermont’s governor, after campaigning for single payer for years, announced that he would not work to pass single-payer legislation in Vermont this year.

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The Technology Solution to the Democracy Crisis

The spectacular intrusion of special interests into the passage of the $1.1 trillion government spending bill on December 13, 2014 was breathtaking as bankers and lobbyists whipped the vote by calling Congressional representatives directly to demand a host of special interest provisions, including the following:

  • Repealing the Dodd-Frank prohibition on locating derivatives trading activities in the same bank subsidiary company as their depositories containing checking, savings, and other accounts insured by the FDIC.
  • Raising individual campaign contribution limits by roughly 10 times the present limit.
  • Allowing businesses to default by as much as 1/3 of their private pension obligations.
  • Preventing the EPA from introducing new climate protections. 

So it is now abundantly clear that what we have is government by minority rule in which special interests reign supreme. Clearly, this cannot continue. It is for this reason that we are sharing the post below describing the only solution to the democracy crisis of which we are aware that can be implemented in the near future. It is long and we do not expect many readers to get through it in one sitting, or even at all. But if it piques your interest, you can re-locate it here at a more opportune time. 

 

INTERACTIVE VOTER CHOICE SYSTEM

Introduction

Technical Features of the Interactive Voter Choice System (U.S. Patent No. 7,953,628)

Accelerating the Technological Evolution of Democracies

Group Forming Network

World's First Large Scale Consensus Building and Conflict Resolution Platform

A Closer Look at Complex Adaptive Systems (CASs)

Integrating IVCS-Enabled CASs into Electoral and Legislative Processes

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Vermont's Health Care Is A Human Right responds to Shumlin's betrayal on universal health care

Vermont Worker's Center:

“The Healthcare Is a Human Right (HCHR) Campaign expresses its deep disappointment in the failure of Governor Shumlin to act on the will of the people of Vermont to ensure universal, publicly financed healthcare in our state. This inaction is a slap in the face of many thousands of Vermont residents who suffer from poor health and financial hardship in the private insurance market that sells healthcare as a commodity to those who can afford it. The HCHR Campaign reminds the Governor that healthcare is a human right, and that our government has an obligation to ensure that right. Our government also has a responsibility to enact state law, and Act 48, passed in 2011, clearly requires Vermont to take actions to provide healthcare as a public good to all residents by 2017.

We all currently pay for our hodgepodge healthcare system - we just don’t pay in a way that leads to giving people access to care. Moving to a different financing mechanism has nothing to do with raising new money. Vermont’s businesses currently pay 80% of all private insurance premiums. Most of these businesses are large employers; they pay the lion share of health insurance. Individuals who fall sick also pay a big chunk - through roughly $800 million in out-of-pocket costs. The Governor’s task at hand was to shift private payments to a more equitable, public financing mechanism. His task was not to find new money.

Great argument. Read more about Vermont's Health Care Is A Human Right responds to Shumlin's betrayal on universal health care

How smart frackivists forced Cuomo to do the right thing

(NOTE: PA_lady posted a series on fracking in 2010; yes, Corrente was early!) The always excellent Albany Project has the triumph dance here:

t wasn't that long ago, say 2007 or so, when fracking was an issue that wasn't really on anyone's radar, though there was enough concern for the state to place a moratorium on the practice in 2008.

Cuomo bans fracking, based on Health Commissioner's advice

Online WSJ:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in his state, officials announced Wednesday.

"I will be bound by what the experts say," Cuomo said at a press conference.

The "New York Health" single payer bill

PNHP's Elizabeth Rosenthal:

While adding 900,000 formerly uninsured New Yorkers to the insurance rolls is no small success, healthcare remains too expensive for the average family.

The costs of deductibles, copays and out-of-network charges remain major obstacles, and these bloated, unnecessary charges we pay to profit-driven health insurance corporations have not been brought under control by the Affordable Care Act.

VT Governor Shumlin throws single payer under the bus

WPTZ:

Shumlin says he likes the idea, but "this is not the right time." It's unclear if he might resurrect the idea in the future.

Well done, Democrats! Read more about VT Governor Shumlin throws single payer under the bus

Our nutcase elites, as illustrated by Sony's movie about whacking Kim Jong-un

I read stuff like this and I shake my head. This to me is by far the most interesting fallout from the hacked Sony email saga:

When Sony Pictures began casting last year for a new comedy to be called “The Interview,” early scripts included the assassination of a fictionalized North Korean ruler. It was not until auditions began that actors learned that the movie would portray something much more brazen: the violent killing of the actual leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.Sony’s executives now say they knew that basing a film on the assassination of a living national leader — even a ruthless dictator — had inherent risks. But the studio seems to have gotten much more than it bargained for by bankrolling what it hoped would be an edgy comedy. The still very-much-alive Mr. Kim, the leader of an isolated and unpredictable nuclear-armed nation, appears not to have been amused when the premise of the comedy became clear. North Korea branded the $40 million film, to be released on Dec. 25, “an act of war” and vowed a “resolute and merciless response.”

An "edgy comedy"? About assassinating a head of state? Doesn't that seem to you, like, oh asking for trouble? Then again, we've got elites who are totally down with torture and spent most of last summer looking for a war, any war, until the finally struck gold with ISIS. Read more about Our nutcase elites, as illustrated by Sony's movie about whacking Kim Jong-un

In the garden: Persistence of chlorophyll (3)

As readers know, I don't like grass. However, I included this green clump because it reminded me of something completely different: Read more about In the garden: Persistence of chlorophyll (3)

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In the garden: Persistence of chlorophyll

Random tweets from yesterday's marches

My excitement was minimal for a few reasons: (1) The involvement of King Rat, Al Sharpton; (2) the all-too-evident desire of Sharpton's buddy in the White House, and Democrats generally, to drive the protest movement safely into a ditch; (3) skepticism of "marches" generally (see under Iraq); and (4) a general sense that the action is in the Midwest, in St. Louis, which is where the new and interesting work is being done, instead of on the coasts (San Francisco, New York, Washington DC). For example, if you think about two original tactics that surfaced this time, die-ins and freeway blockages, both of those originated from St Louis, and both scale continentally in a way that tactics developed for non-sprawl areas (like San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC) do not.

So here's a random selection of tweets. But first, Al Sharpton on his way home:

Snipping Myself from 2010 on Torture

I am presently traveling and visiting family out West and was intending to take a December moratorium from blogging. But the issue of the US torture program and the continuing "official" obscene rationalizations and minimizations of it pulled me back to at least post some excerpts from a blog I originally posted on correntewire 7/5/10 and re-posted on correntewire and open salon on 9/2/11 entitled “War Criminal Named Obama Smells Sweeter than One Named Bush?”
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Where's the Military Equipment to Deal with Santacon NYC 2014?

Throngs of frat people dressed in Santa Claus costumes have the run of the roads (yes, where the cars drive) in New York City. Read more about Where's the Military Equipment to Deal with Santacon NYC 2014?

In the garden: Persistence of chlorophyll (2)

Today is all about saturation: The cloudy sky and late afternoon make for very saturated color, and the 40°s F day has made snowmelt everywhere.

Along the same lines: Read more about In the garden: Persistence of chlorophyll (2)

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