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Time to divest from insurance companies?

Alice Faryna M.D. suggests that PNHP members lead the way:

After hearing someone say that health care reform is the civil rights issue of this decade, I retrieved the 1966 speech on civil disobedience by Dr. Martin Luther King. The two strategies described were marches and boycotts. His marches were successful because large target populations could be found in cities like Chicago and Atlanta , and quickly reached through churches. The single-payer movement has not been able to find such concentrated populations. Our rallies in D.C. and the Mad Docs tour in 2009 did not produce numbers of sufficient size to command attention. Let’s consider boycotts.

The best way to rob a country is to own a bank

Speaking slowly and in words of one syllable, William K Black, in a series of interviews with the Real News Network, tells us [and Obama] what needs to be done to solve our financial crisis. He names names, and although he doesn't come right and say that any of these particular persons should be in jail, he does tell us, by name, who should be fired [Summers, Geithner, and some you've never heard of] and who has to be kept around but can be neutralized [Bernanke].

BTW, if you want to support independent media, the Real News Network is a good place to start. If you have a few spare $ lying around, donate.

Links, for those who can't see the embedded videos: Read more about The best way to rob a country is to own a bank

In a just world, Ammut would be slavering over Paul Krugman's soul

Paul Krugman took a few minutes out of his pleasant Sunday afternoon hosting a book salon at FDL to bring us this gem:

And the answer is no. The Democrats have done it. The House has passed the Senate version of health reform, and an improved version will be achieved through reconciliation.

Raw footage of political actors in their native habitat

That's the New York Times quoting Rachel Maddow on the occasion of C-SPAN putting ~23 years [160,000+ hours] of video online. For free.

The archives, at, cover 23 years of history and five presidential administrations and are sure to provide new fodder for pundits and politicians alike. The network will formally announce the completion of the C-Span Video Library on Wednesday.

Having free online access to the more than 160,000 hours of C-Span footage is “like being able to Google political history using the ‘I Feel Lucky’ button every time,” said Rachel Maddow, the liberal MSNBC host.

Valuable lessons have not been studied or learned ... What would LBJ do?

... Jill Quadagno's classic 2005 history, "One nation uninsured," describes President Lyndon Johnson's brilliant maneuvering to pass Medicare. Johnson did not ask for directions from the insurance industry. He, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Wilbur Mills and Wilbur Cohen, undersecretary of health, education and welfare, decided what they wanted and figured out how to get it. President Obama and his advisers have approached this backward.

Paul Krugman reads some bedtime stories

25 hours, 350 votes, 4517 signatures

A little online activism for you to do, if you like...

  1. There's about 25 hours left to vote at for PNHP's proposal for Improved Medicare for All and it's in 11th place and needs ~350 votes to move up to 10th. More votes are better, a little while ago it was only ~25 votes out of 10th place. The top 10 most popular ideas will be presented to the Prez. Not that he's likely to listen to us, but go for it anyway.

Run, ntodd, run!

Todd Pritsky, whom you may already know as ntodd, ntodd, ntoddpax, or ntoddpax is running for state office in Vermont.

Help him out any way you can. Read more about Run, ntodd, run!

World Socialist Web Site's interview with Dr. Richard Cooper, critic of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care research

The economist Robert Reich likes to point out that if you average him and Shaquille O’Neal, you get a 6’2” basketball player. Oh, and snow plows cause snow. But you'll just have to read the whole interview if you want to know why.

And now for some excerpts, some of them lengthy.

JL: Could you touch on some of your differences with the Dartmouth studies?

RC: There are basically two problems with the Dartmouth group’s approach. One is methodological and the other is ideological. Although they are quick to point out that they have published 100 papers, these are based on only a few methodologies—and each is flawed. I’ll get into what’s wrong with their methodology later.

101 Phone Calls for Single Payer: Day 1, 2 ...


If you can't be there in person, call/write/fax every member of the so-called Pro-choice Caucus and every woman in Congress to protest the attacks on women's rights that have been put into the so-called health reform bill. Read more about 101 Phone Calls for Single Payer: Day 1, 2 ...

Sarah Palin was right about those death panels, y'know

Okay, so the "standing before a Government Panel, having to defend the life of your baby" is more than a bit hyperbolic, but your creative class betters really do want to cut health care spending by cutting actual care, and they plan to start with the people who depend on Medicare and Medicaid [and the public option too, if that passes]. Read more about Sarah Palin was right about those death panels, y'know

Your MEDICARE FOR ALL assignment for Wed, Feb 17 -- Picket HCAN! Co-opt HCAN! Get arrested!

Using online tools much like OFA's, HCAN has set up about 70 rallies around the country, imploring Congress to "finish health care right". Urk. There's even one where HCANers will join another group for the final mile of a 135-mile march from Philadelphia to Washington DC. If you're nearby, why not stage your own MEDICARE FOR ALL counter-rally?

Of the 70 rallies, I found only two others that seem to be actually associated with a congresscritter in any way, shape, or form: Read more about Your MEDICARE FOR ALL assignment for Wed, Feb 17 -- Picket HCAN! Co-opt HCAN! Get arrested!

Aux telephones, keyboards, and Congressional District offices, citoyens!

Beginning Monday, Feb 15, congresscritters are all supposed to be in their home districts, listening to you, their constituents.

Because I'm still in it only takes one Republican going rogue mode, I think we ought to concentrate on them, but feel free to tackle any of your Senators and Representatives. Read more about Aux telephones, keyboards, and Congressional District offices, citoyens!


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