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As Anthony Weiner asked, "What do insurance companies bring to the transaction?"

Nothing. PNHP's Oliver Fein:

Insurance companies play no constructive role in providing health care.

They do not give you a physical exam; they do not perform your surgery. What they do instead is fight claims, issue denials and screen out the sick, diverting huge sums away from much-needed care.

The savings rendered by cutting out private insurance companies and establishing a single-payer plan would be sufficient to cover everyone who lacks insurance now and to upgrade insurance for everyone else.

Our nation spends twice as much per person on health care as other industrialized countries do, but our health outcomes are significantly worse.

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Keen rotating globe

I thought the rotating globe widget was fun, so I added it. Because we all need more fun!

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Perhaps there will be a speech?

breaking

Oooh, breaking!

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Oh, dear

Here we go again.

Apparently, it's OK for a Confluence poster to write, in 2009:

As hard as it is for me to accept, I now have to face the face that the forces of theocracy not only control of the Republican Party, but also they are well on the way to taking over the Democratic party.

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At FDL, HCAN't shill Jason Rosenbaum defiles dead veterans

Is "defiles" too strong a word? Let's see! The set-up:

2,266 Veterans Die Because They Are Uninsured

The pitch:

nahant brings to our attention an extremely important and tragic statistic this Veteran’s Day. Via the Huffington Post:

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Dems to throw elders under the bus

Look, I'm totally sure that paying to bail out the insurance companies by cutting Medicare won't have any real effects on old people who are going to die soon anyhow. Especially given this great news:

Senators from both parties on Tuesday put new pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to turn the power to trim entitlement benefits over to an independent commission.

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Comment of the day

Jonathan in comments at the sideshow:

Prediction: If the senate passes the health bill, the public option will devolve into a dumping ground for sick people that the private insurance companies don't want-- which is one of the reasons the bill doesn't kick in right away-- to give them time to thoroughly comb through their lists to cull millions of us from eligibility before they supposedly won't be able to any more.

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Who you gonna believe?

The Democrats and their evil, dead hand

Lies are not healthy, not even those found on page A1 of Izvestia

The only reason the Howler repeats himself is that our famously free press does. As for example:

This morning, the gods rocked with laughter: On Olympus, that is. Reason? On the front page of the New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg penned a report about the way current health reform bills would deal with American health care spending. On Olympus, her opening paragraph produced some muffled laughter:

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Veterans Day

Goya-Guerra_(76)

El buitre carnivoro.

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Paper towel, Marc?

Marc Ambinder on Obama's Fort Hood speech. "I guarantee: They'll be teaching this one in rhetoric classes."

Truer words. What is it with these blogger boiz?

And how's that decision on Af-Pak coming?

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First Draft fundraiser

Here. Although it's officially over, I doubt they'd turn down a contribution. Read below the fold...

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