Submitted by DCblogger on Sat, 11/14/2009 - 9:58am
For those who argued we should just pass SOMETHING, even if it was a bad bill, because they said we could fix it later, this is what you
get from a strategy of perpetual compromise, a bill that is utterly
beyond redemption. It’s time to throw HR 3962 in the medical waste
bin, and do what should have been done in the first place, build a
new national health care system on what actually DOES work, by
extending the existing economical and efficient Medicare plan to all
Kip Sullivan at Firedoglake: Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 2:27pm
Via Avedon Carol, this little item from Caltics:
Now it looks like they're moving to up the Hooverite ante, and two of California's powerful federal politicians are at the center of the debate. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is joining 6 other Senators to demand that Speaker Nancy Pelosi approve a commission to recommend cuts to Medicare and Social Security - or else they'll refuse to vote to increase the US government's debt ceiling: ... Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 11:41am
Submitted by DCblogger on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 11:42am
Excellent news from Single Payer Health Care:
It is with great pride that I pass on the wonderful news that the Lancaster City Council tonight unanimously passed Council Resolution No. 74-2009, urging the PA General Assembly to support the passage of HB1660 and SB400.
Lancaster joins the City Councils of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Wilkes Barre, West Reading and Reading and the Allegheny County Council in moving the state of Pennsylvania one step closer to becoming the first state to pass single-payer legislation. Together, these councils represent over 3 million Pennsylvanians and more than 25% of the population of Pennsylvania. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Mon, 11/09/2009 - 1:31pm
Submitted by DCblogger on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 12:53pm
Shackled Howie Hawkins appears in Syracuse City Court
Hawkins was arrested around 1 p.m. Wednesday by Syracuse police outside the office of National Government Services at 400 S. Salina St., which houses the care claims office of Wellpoint Inc., a large health insurer. Hawkins said he was trying to enter the building to deliver a letter to the CEO of Wellpoint Inc. demanding that the CEO’s salary be cut and put into healthcare. ... Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Sat, 11/07/2009 - 12:19pm
Submitted by DCblogger on Fri, 11/06/2009 - 1:25pm
All Eyes Are on Pennsylvania
Name sponsors of the legislation, Senator Jim Ferlo (D) and Representative Kathy Manderino (D) were joined by co-sponsor Representative Bill Kortz (D) in delivering impassioned messages to the rally attendees.
Billed as the keynote speaker, Sen. Ferlo expressed his passion oratorically and physically, pounding the podium for emphasis with such gusto he nearly sent two CS2 cassette recorders flying. He spoke of inclusiveness, advising, “Don’t write anybody off as we build this movement.” Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Wed, 11/04/2009 - 1:05pm
Wondering where I have been? Why I am not posting nearly as often as I used to?
Well, these days I have been talking to the police and following up on my stolen
laptop. Yes, you heard that right. In a dangerous part of town, I turned my
attention away for a moment, and my laptop was stolen right out from under me.
Alas, I did not have the forethought to insure it. It has been a very humiliating
and demoralizing experience.
The recession has devastated my business, so I have no possibility to replace it.
Unless my readers are in a position to assist me. I know these are precarious
times, and you may not be in a position to assist me. I have used Macs for 25
years, and really don't think that I could adjust to a Windows Machine. Replacing Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Sun, 11/01/2009 - 4:06pm
Susie and Atrios have both cried foul on this:
WASHINGTON — Faced with anxiety in financial markets about the huge federal deficit and the potential for it to become an electoral liability for Democrats, the White House and Congressional leaders are weighing options for narrowing the gap, including a bipartisan commission that could force tax increases and spending cuts.
This is disaster capitalism:
step one, pervert the financial system into a kleptocracy, steal everything in sight
step two, use the inevitable crisis as a way of destroying democracy and steal what is left Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Sun, 11/01/2009 - 11:15am
Submitted by DCblogger on Fri, 10/30/2009 - 3:23pm
ralphbon, blogging at FireDogLake
According to Tim Carpenter of Progressive Democrats of America, one avenue of appeal remains regarding these efforts:
Read below the fold...
Democratic House leaders can insert what is called a “Manager’s Amendment” into legislation, even when it is closed to any other amendments. The managers are the majority and minority members who “manage” debate for the bill on each side.
Today, tomorrow, and beyond, we need to call these “managers” and insist that the Kucinich Amendment is restored into the healthcare bill….
The “gang” that holds our future in their hands includes:
* Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Washington, DC, office (202) 225-4965; San Francisco office (415) 556-4862
Submitted by DCblogger on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 9:20am
Letting States Opt-in for Single-Payer
Back in July, the House Committee on Education and Labor did something right, something that could make all the difference in the world to millions of Americans, unless we allow the congressional "leadership" to unceremoniously undo it.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, introduced in the committee an amendment that would effectively allow states to improve on our healthcare system if they choose to, allow them to create state-level single-payer healthcare. There are bills to do this in several state legislatures already. Such a bill has passed and been vetoed in California twice, where a change in governor is imminent. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 10:09am
Kucinich Wins Five Amendments to Health CareReform Bill
The first amendment created an opening for the single payer health care movement by eliminating a federal barrier to stateschoosing to enact single payer health plans. Although the amendment doesnot create a single payer health care system, it removes a major obstacle forany state that wishes to pursue the single payer option. This amendmentbuilds on the momentum of the national movement for single payer health care. Read below the fold...
Submitted by DCblogger on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 9:22am