AP, but anyhow:
Professors and students themselves also are noticing the quiet on college campuses, which were hotbeds for "Obamamania" during the campaign.Read below the fold...
"They're supportive, but in a bystander kind of way," says Laura Katz Olson, a political science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
The House Democratic plan calls for raising income taxes on upper-income people to pay for covering the uninsured. Baucus has instead proposed a tax on high-cost insurance plans worth more than $8,000 for an individual policy and $21,000 for family coverage.
Proponents of the insurance tax, which Obama has endorsed, say it would help to lower health care costs by encouraging people to become more cost-conscious health care consumers.
"I hear they're having a sale on kidneys at the Wal-Mart clinic, Merle! Should we go?"
Ted Rall tries to buy Tamiflu. The dialog is great, but this line is my favorite:
[PHARMACIST:] "It's complicated, especially for doctors."
Word in the halls of the UN this week was that President Obama's speech on Tuesday—the first to the world body by this most admired of world leaders—was a dud, a towering disappointment. Coming at the beginning of what the UN has dubbed "climate week," the speech marked the beginning of a three-month push towards the global climate conference at Copenhagen. Obama used it mostly to downplay expectations. And it's those downplayed expectations that may prove to be tragically self-fulfilling.Read below the fold...
Mobilize for Health Care has three ways to pledge:
(1) NONVIOLENT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE:
I pledge to join over 100 people in nonviolent sit-ins at insurance company offices to end insurance abuse and win health care for all.
(2) LEGAL PROTEST:Read below the fold...
I cannot risk arrest, but I pledge to join others in legal protest at insurance company offices in support of sit-ins to end insurance abuse and win health care for all.
Or, to ask the question in a more sophisticated way, who are the "strategic defaulters"? The LA Times asked that question:
Who is more likely to walk away from a house and a mortgage -- a person with super-prime credit scores or someone with lower scores?