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The DNC strikes again!
The Democratic National Committee announced that in an effort to make "this year’s platform process the most representative and inclusive in history", they would be holding public hearings, accepting written, video, and in-person testimony to the platform drafters.
But as it turns out, these hearings aren't so "public". The DNC is hand-picking testimony beforehand, and at the D.C. hearing yesterday, single payer was iced out.
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Howard Dean throws Gruber (and by extension Obama (and Clinton)) under the bus
This is interesting. Mediaite:
Reacting Wednesday to the now-infamous “Gruber video,” former DNC chair Howard Dean said it demonstrates how the Affordable Care Act was written by “elitists” who don’t understand America.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe played the 2013 clip of Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber explaining that a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter” helped get the 2010 health care law passed. Asked for his reaction by Mika Brzezinski, Dean went off:
The problem is not that he said it. The problem is that he thinks it. The core problem under the damn law is it was put together by a bunch of elitists two don’t fundamentally understand the American people. That’s what the problem is.
Dean was a long-time proponent of single-payer health care, rather than the standard insurance-based American system or its legislative overhaul.
Slovakia's legal battle to implement single payer VS. special corporate "rights" under "free trade agreement"- Read the documents
Recap: Slovaks were fed up with the ever rising cost of health insurance, so in 2006, they elected a government that ran on a platform promising to limit the profits of the insurers and transition to single payer. Read more about Slovakia's legal battle to implement single payer VS. special corporate "rights" under "free trade agreement"- Read the documents
Storm brewing in US states as they finally realize TTIP trade pact's "standstill" signs away their rights and attempts to irreversibly "freeze" future environment, chemical, food safety, and fracking laws, creating a potential minefield for the nation.
This could be a very important development. The links below give more information.. It should be noted that the US media has for at least the last 20 years, almost completely avoided covering these horrible trade deals in any more than the most superficial manner possible. So, although this standstill/investor-state problem with the FTAs is extremely important to dozens of areas (healthcare, where it blocks needed changes is a big one) the US media leaves Americans in the dark, perhaps intentionally. Read more about Storm brewing in US states as they finally realize TTIP trade pact's "standstill" signs away their rights and attempts to irreversibly "freeze" future environment, chemical, food safety, and fracking laws, creating a potential minefield for the nation.
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Sylvia Burwell, Obama's HHS nominee, pleases Republicans by ruling out single payer
U.S. Health Secretary-nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell sought to allay a major Republican worry about Obamacare on Thursday, telling lawmakers that President Barack Obama's reforms would not lead to a government-run single-payer healthcare system on her watch.
Her assurance against an approach reviled by Republicans and industry leaders came during a two-hour Senate confirmation hearing at which Burwell received an important endorsement from Republican Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. Burr sits on the Senate Finance Committee, which will decide whether to send her nomination to the floor for a final vote. ...
Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas asked Burwell if such a move was her "endgame," citing top Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as having endorsed the idea.
Burwell reminded Roberts that the centerpiece of Obamacare is a private market-based insurance system of state-based health insurance exchanges.
Rememember all the career "progressives" telling us "We love single payer, but ______." Well, here we are. Republicans and Democrats are agreed that insurance parasites are necessary for health of their host! Read more about ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Sylvia Burwell, Obama's HHS nominee, pleases Republicans by ruling out single payer
Remembering the "Clinton - GOP Alliance" on NAFTA in the light of the "Obama - GOP alliance" to make public health care FTA-illegal
What do people think about this? Is all this deja-vu merely a coincidence or is there really an Obama-Clinton-GOP alliance? This is cited from "Get Ready for the Obama/GOP Alliance" by Jeff Cohen https://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/11/25-0 which was Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 by CommonDreams.org Read more about Remembering the "Clinton - GOP Alliance" on NAFTA in the light of the "Obama - GOP alliance" to make public health care FTA-illegal
Here's the Vox original, in case this is just too small for you. (Vox is Ezra Klein's new venture, and apparently he brought along Sarah Kliff, who narrates the video, from WaPo. I have to say that I reread a good deal of Wonkblog's health care coverage looking for ObamaCare big lies, and Klein/Kliff actually seemed to maintain a little critical distance, amazingly enough.) Read more about Single Payer: The Vox video
A United Methodist pastor writes in the Peoria, IL Journal Star:
In the Spotlight: Regarding ObamaCare, the emperor has no clothes
I feel like one of the folks in that crowd gazing with confusion at an emperor with no clothes.
OK, Berkeley. Nevertheless!
Four Democratic Party candidates competing for the District 15 state Assembly seat showed remarkable agreement when responding to questions at the Jan. 23 Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club meeting. None of the hopefuls were able to capture the club endorsement, which requires a 55 percent vote. ....
Among the four candidates, two have held public office: Tony Thurmond served on the Richmond City Council from 2005 to 2008 and on the West Contra Costa County School Board from 2008 to 2012. Berkeley resident Andy Katz is president of the East Bay Municipal Utilities District board, where he has had a seat since 2006.
Candidate Elizabeth Echols, an Oakland resident, was the U.S. Small Business Administration regional director from 2010 to 2013, and Emeryville resident Sam Kang is lead attorney for the Greenlining Institute, a nonprofit social justice advocacy organization.
While Wellstone interviewed only Democratic Party candidates -- about 65 percent of the district's registered voters are Democrats -- San Pablo City Councilman Rich Kinney, a Republican, is running for the seat, as is retired anthropology professor Eugene Ruyle, a Peace and Freedom Party candidate who ran against Skinner in 2012. Candidates can't officially begin to file for office until Feb. 10.
The two top vote getters in the June 3 primary, irrespective of party affiliation, will square off in the Nov. 4 general election.
In their responses to questions posed by the club, the four candidates said they supported single payer health care and a complete moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the process of injecting water mixed with sand and chemicals into shale rock to release natural gas or oil.
None of this wussiness about the public option zombie magic sparkle pony. Read more about Single Payer: Support from D candidates in CA District 15 state Assembly campaign
Dr. Philip Caper in Truthout (picked up from the Bangor Daily News, nice!):
Second, the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act has shined a spotlight on how unnecessarily complicated our fragmented health insurance system is, and how great is the need to fundamentally reform it. That in turn has reignited public interest in further reform, and strengthened a growing popular movement.
For example, this past October well over 100 people turned out in Portland on the second night of the World Series to view a movie and discussion about health-care reform. Here in the heart of Red Sox Nation, that is notable.
Last week, Maine’s legislature held a hearing on LD 1345, a bill that would create a path to a state-level single-payer system for Maine. Such proposals have been around for years, met with tepid interest from the public and vigorous opposition from insurance companies and other corporate interests.
This time it was different. The hearing room was packed to overflowing with enthusiastic supporters. Forty-five members of the public took the day off and traveled to Augusta to testify in person. Another 15 to 20 submitted written testimony. Of those, 57 testified in favor of the proposed legislation, two against and one undecided. Only representatives of the health insurance industry openly opposed the bill.
Those are very good numbers for Maine. Maine is a big state, and it's a long drive to the state capital, Augusta. Read more about ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Single payer advocacy in the great state of Maine
Many of the complaints about the ACA rollout have little to do with the law itself. Maybe that is a good reason to look at changes that would address those problems as well.
Cross posted from Pruning Shears. Read more about Obamacare implementation as teachable moment
Jill Stein is a “citizen-politician” who refuses to behave herself.
Dr. Stein refuses to stay in the campaigning bull-shit bubble.
She doesn’t suffer fools or play the crony let’s-screw-the-99% game.
Someone on a website recently called Jill Stein “the best presidential candidate you’ll never hear about”.
Jill Stein is a Boston physician (Harvard educated) and veteran activist and candidate with the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party
. Read more about Refreshing to Have Jill Stein as a President with Spine!
The Democrats have joined the SEIU in creating an HCAN't Trojan horse organization to bypass the legitimate organization. SEIU is the worst, the absolute worst.
Vermont Worker's Center is the authentic single payer organization. Read more about SEIU's effort to sabotage single payer in Vermont
Dr. Jill Stein is the Green Party front runner for President.
She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.
She has over 25 years' experience as a doctor.
Dr. Stein campaigned for single payer health care when she ran against Mitt Romney for governor of Massachusetts in 2002.
When asked about the mandate and Obamacare she explained that whatever the outcome determined by SCOTUS:
…, Americans will still be stuck with an expensive, ineffective health care system that fails to provide quality health care to all Americans.