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Why not a WPA?

Krugman asks, and answers "politics" (that is, right wing bromides like "government is the problem"). Of course:

1. Obama hasn't done anything to fight the right wing bromides and has, if anything, reinforced them; and

2. Why would on earth would anybody imagine that the FKDP has any other constituency than Big Money, Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and all the other Mr. Bigs? Read below the fold...

Nobody could have predicted...

Dem's Saturday health insurance reform to slip?

The health insurance industry and the tobacco lobby

Samuel Metz in the Oregonian:

Smoking kills. So does the health insurance industry.

In the 20th century our tobacco industry, threatened by associations between its product and a lung cancer epidemic, diverted public discussion to a multitude of highly charged and largely irrelevant issues. It succeeded so well that even now, 50 years later, it still freely markets its dangerous products with only minor packaging concessions.

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And then there's the Wyden Amendment...

Via a single story in from the Montana Missoulian*, we learn:

Still alive is an amendment from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., that allows states to ask for a waiver from the federal government to create their own universal coverage plan for their citizens.

The Wyden amendment is in the bill sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. Senate Democratic leaders are working to meld parts of the Baucus bill with another health reform bill to create one bill that will come to the floor for debate, before the end of the year.

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Followup on econoblogger meeting with Treasury officials

Via the excellent Interfluidity. Other reactions at the bottom of their post. Read below the fold...

Courage works

Baseline Scenario has the charts for gay marriage support over time.

Yes, time is on our side.

This is not a plea to "be patient," but a plea to redouble the effort! All credit to gay people with the courage to come out to their neighbors. Honestly, I think that's the driving force, here.

NOTE Single payer advocates can take heart as well. Read below the fold...

Another deep thought

The Yankees suck!

Not that there's anything wrong with that... Read below the fold...

Wouldn't it be nice, if once, just once...

... I could get a message from David Plouffe without a DONATE button at the bottom? Read below the fold...

Financial bloggers get a two hour session with Treasury

Missed this. Somehow, I don't think the econobloggers were as impressed as our access bloggers would have been. Read below the fold...

Pelosi to graciously grant single payer (HR676) twenty (20) minutes of debate on Friday?

After all, single payer would only save $350 billion dollars a year! And where do we read about this? Our famously free press? Not. Our tribunes of the people on the "progressive" access blogs? You're joking. Read below the fold...

The HR3962 rule for Saturday debate

Here. I've been involved in RL today, so I'm not clear whether these rules can still be changed by the Saturday vote, or not. Read below the fold...

Go local

With your data.

This will involve both social and technical challenges. Read below the fold...

Question to Pelosi's office: "Will the Weiner amendment make it to the floor?"

Staffer: "We don't know yet."

Pelosi's Versailles Office: (202) 225-4965

Pelosi's SF Office: (415) 556-4862

Well, well. Read below the fold...

Pelosi: Don't say "public option." Say "consumer option"

I just wish "public option" advocates could figure out what to call whatever it is they're advocating. Leader Pelosi:

Ms. Pelosi said the public plan, which she prefers to call a "consumer option," would compete with private insurers. But the speaker was apparently unable to muster the votes needed for the 'robust' liberal version of a public plan, which she has repeatedly said would save more money for consumers and the government.

Dammit! Now I've got to change: Read below the fold...

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