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SuperFreakingStupid

Goddess E has just one of many examples of how the SuperFreaks mostly write dumb books filled with generalizations and incorrect, unscientific conclusions. FWIW, I never thought "Freakonomics" was very impressive or persuasive. It annoyed me that my Republican gf thought it was the best thing since sliced bread, when she read it. It annoys me more that she's not alone. Read below the fold...

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Privatizing Paula

Look out Paula! Looks like you've got some competition. Although, I confess to being curious: which of you will be better hunting down embarrassing blog comments posted by your boss' political enemies? Shutting down bloggers focused upon issues the rest of the media ignores? Cause that's really what all this mostly unConstitutional and anti-democratic domestic spying monitoring is all about. Read below the fold...

Pressure drop

Why "produce the note" works -- the chain of securitization

Pam Martens has an excellent article in Counterpunch that explains the whole process:

Three plain talking judges, in state courts in Massachusetts and Kansas, and a Federal Court in Ohio, have drilled down to the “straw man” aspect of securitization. The judges’ decisions have raised serious questions as to the legality of hundreds of thousands of foreclosures that have transpired as well as the legal standing of the subsequent purchasers of those homes, who are more and more frequently the Wall Street banks themselves. ....

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If you want democracy back, break up the big banks

Simon Johnson:

Competition between banks is good – on this ["immaculate regulation" advocate Charles] Calomiris and I agree. We differ with regard to whether allowing large quasi-monopoly banks to dominate the landscape (e.g., Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase today) is helpful to competition in any sense.

We should also throw into the mix three additional considerations.

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Well, you oughta know

Bob Corner (R-TN):

We all know that the selling of one’s body is one of the oldest businesses that has existed in the history of the world. And so the AMA now is engaged in basically selling the support of its body....

Actually, it's not a business, but a profession.

In any case, I wish nothing but the best for you both. Read below the fold...

CMS: HR 3200 will bend the cost curve... upward


[chart stolen adapted from the incomparable Ian Welsh]

You've read/heard the phrase bending the [cost] curve [downward] once or twice by now, and in case you've been a tad confused [or not] about what that means, basically it's what Canada did in 1970 when single payer went completely nationwide there. Read below the fold...

Health care deform: Abort, Retry, FAIL?

Don McCann says abort. Then reboot:

The five reform bills passed by House and Senate committees will not control health care costs, and yet these are to be merged into one bill – that will not control health care costs.

What is the worst that could happen?

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Medicare for Everyone... Oh, really?

The Democrats are now pushing the public option as "Medicare for Everyone" despite the fact that the public option proposals will not be available to everyone and won't result in universal coverage. The timing of this with the planned scoring of HR 676 is simply shameless. Read below the fold...

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If you are like most Single Payer supporters...

I think you'll find the following links are the bomb! Read below the fold...

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Action Alert, health care forum in Bloomington Indiana on Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

Indiana Memorial Union Board to present nonpartisan health care debate with IU professors

WHAT: Nonpartisan health care debate at Indiana University
WHEN: Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union. This event is free and open to the public.

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Showdown in Chicago

Are you going?

I can't, but believe me if I could, I would be there. It's hard not to like stuff like this:

The same financial institutions that caused the economic crisis and took billions in taxpayer bailouts are back to earning incredible profits. Meanwhile, Americans face shrinking pensions, rising foreclosures and unemployment, state budget cuts, predatory lending, outrageous overdraft fees, and sky-high credit card interest rates.

The American people want oversight, accountability and common-sense financial reform NOW. This is the classic David vs. Goliath fight, with Wall Street spending millions and millions on lobbying to defeat reforms that would protect the American people and our economy

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Single payer rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Supporters Of Health Care Reform Rally At State Capitol

Hundreds of people from across Pennsylvania gathered in Harrisburg to show lawmakers their support for universal health care coverage.

Hundreds rally in Capitol for single-payer care

It was like a breath of fresh air. Yesterday, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Read below the fold...

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Problem Solved!

The Hill is reporting that Democrats are 'rebranding' the public option as 'Medicare for All.':

Say hello to “Medicare Part E” — as in, “Medicare for Everyone.”

House Democrats are looking at re-branding the public health insurance option as Medicare, an established government healthcare program that is better known than the public option.

Seems Congress has finally locked on to the fact that Medicare's pretty popular:

While much of the public is foggy on what a public option actually is, people understand Medicare. It also would place the new public option within the rubric of a familiar system rather than something new and unknown.

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Weiner's single payer amendment to be CBO-scored

Yay!

I called 202.225.6616 and thanked him. So should you!

This is patient, real, unglamorous work. Not showhorse MR. SUBLIMINAL Alan Grayson but workhorse.

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