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Why not a tax on financial transactions, besides a tax on the rich?

Might make those bubbles inflate a little bit slower, and so what?

Plus it might slow down those Goldman Sachs computers... Read below the fold...

Deep thought

If HR3200 were any good, Obama would want to run on it in 2012.

Instead, they put off the public option implementation until 2013. Read below the fold...

Why does Obama want to use elders as guinea pigs for testing medical procedures under IMAC?

Dean Baker:

As part of his health care package, President Obama proposed creating an independent commission of medical experts [IMAC] that would determine the medical procedures for which Medicare will pay. The reason is that patients now receive many costly procedures that provide little or no medical benefit. If we can reduce this waste, we can have large savings, while possibly even improving health outcomes. President Obama describes this as promoting good medicine.

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If you hold an individual policy: Why rescission matters to you, in plain English

Rescission is one classic way that "You only think you have insurance" comes true.

James Kwok does a great job explaining: Read below the fold...

Since heating season isn't all that far off, it's time to look at market manipulation in oil

And I have to confess: A handle like Gail the Actuary is, well, hawt. Read below the fold...

The baseline scenario on health care -- or, as Obama says, health insurance -- reform

Ian Welsh, who's been on fire lately:

I’ll settle for a good public option, or even a non-sucky one. But I’m becoming convinced that any public option will either be too compromised, or non existent, and at that point, all that happens is you have slashes to Medicare and Medicaid, forced purchase of bad insurance, and through those purchases more money being pumped into the system.

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How health insurance works

And why government insurance is always, and inherently, cheaper. Go read Ian Welsh. Because he asks a key question in comments: Read below the fold...

Chat on health care with Ezra Klein at 11AM

Submit questions here. Some wonky ones -- pre-emption, losing kids to foster care -- might be nice...

Or why "progressives" are cooperating with the media and the administration to exclude and censor single payer advocates. Read below the fold...

Goodnight, moon

Whaddaya know, it rained. But I'm looking on the bright side:

I don't have to do any watering! Read below the fold...

Will Obama's health insurance mandate cause minority parents to lose their kids to foster care?

Check out this exchange on the mandate at OpenLeft:

Roughly twenty years ago
The US forced po folk to buy liability auto insurance.

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Health insurance reform: Plus ça "change," plus c'est la même chose....

Here's an interesting but discouraging insider's take on health care insurance reform from Young Ezra. Leaving aside his curious notion of what "doing the opposite" means*, this sentence caught my eye: Read below the fold...

Why "health" "care" -- Obama says "insurance" -- "reform" NOW NOW NOW? The insurance companies want it!

What does that tell you? AP. Here's the money quote, and I mean the money quote: Read below the fold...

Sounds like a plan

What Bruce Dixon said:

Let the bastards recess this year, hold out, agitate and organize for single payer and let this rotten piece of fraudship sink beneath the waves.

Since the Obama plan does not take effect and cover any of the uninsured till 2013 any goddam how -- compared to how LBJ and the crew rolled out Medicare covering forty million seniors in eleven months, let's do this again next year. Passing a bill next year that works on that kind of timetable is better than passing this hurry up and wait crap.

Run primary, second and third party challenges against blue dogs, Repubs and Democratic pretenders on the issue of single payer.

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Goodnight, moon

TMV. Dammit. I made the mistake of bringing in some daisy-like weeds because I thought they'd attract pollinators, but the vines next to them got what seems to be TMV. Live and learn. Looks like -- touch wood -- most of the patch is safe, though.

So, I pulled up the vines and washed my plants and tomorrow I'll see what I can spray the rest of the patch with (apparently, there's no chemical that works, but milk might). Read below the fold...

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