Posts Tagged ‘ health care reform ’

Sue Lowden: Right-Wing Imbecile

From The Lowden Plan website:

“Senate hopeful Sue Lowden’s plan for Healthcare reform is to barter chickens for medical procedures. But you may be unsure how many chickens are required for your medical care. This handy calculator converts many common procedures into chickens so you won’t look like an idiot at your next Doctor’s Appointment.”


Add Lee Stranahan to those progressives…

…who drank Obama’s Kool-Aid last year, only to realize that it was lethal:

…as the summer wore on, I started to get a bad feeling. My stomach started to churn a little when I heard in August that Rahm Emanuel – in a rant that Joe Pesci could have delivered – said that groups making ads attacking Blue Dogs like Baucus was “f*cking stupid.” That’s exactly what I’d been doing, after all.

Then I learned about the backroom deal that the Senate made with PhARMA with the approval of the White House. The door opened and the room was empty. Everything clicked.

The White House didn’t want real reform. They didn’t want a a good bill. They wanted a win.

Rahm had said in August, “We’re 13 and 0 going into health care.” Sports talk from Rahm. This was a game. It wasn’t about saving lives or even saving money. It was a game. Obama hadn’t said anything about a robust public option because stating a position would mean a possible loss. Better to not stand for anything at all. Obama hadn’t called out Baucus because he’d been working with him.


BANG. Get ready to pull the Trigger on an already weak public option.
BANG. A bailout to the insurance and drug lobbyists.
BANG. Selling out woman at midnight then cheering about it.

And there was nothing we could do. We had to sit still and take it. It was decided among the beltway insiders. It was real D.C. shit. They even shot Single Payer in the face so it couldn’t be discussed.

They got us, all right. They got all of us. But Obama and Emanuel forgot one thing that they may remember in 2010 and 2012.

The dead don’t vote.

(Via Curiousity Unbound)

What Good Is A Democratic Majority If It Governs Like A Republican Majority?

Anthony Wiener has abandoned single-payer, joining the rest of the Dems who foolishly abandoned it months ago:

“I feel very strongly that the employer-based model is not the way to go and single-payer is the better way,” Mr. Weiner said in an interview. “But I never wanted it to be the situation where we literally let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

Unfortunately Mr.Wiener, the bill you have is so watered-down for the DINO Blue Dogs it doesn’t remotely approach “good.”

While Mr. Weiner said he recognized that his decision would disappoint legions of single-payer advocates, he said the danger to the larger bill was too great.

Forcing a vote on single-payer could be particularly problematic for lawmakers who represent districts that split heavily between liberal and more moderate or conservative voters. A vote against the single-payer issue would anger constituents on the left, while emboldening opponents on the right, making it more difficult to support the larger bill. Avoiding a vote on the issue, in turn, could allow centrist Democrats to take a tough vote in favor of the larger bill.

In short: Some members of the Democratic Party from the dumber districts are willing to fight against and even vote against actual progressive reform (in favor of supporting legislative pablum) out of fear that they may lose their seat to a Republican who will also fight against and vote against progressive reform.

Time for better Democrats.

What David Sirota Said

From “The Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd:”

I know I should be mortified by the lobbyist-organized mobs of angry Brooks Brothers mannequins who are now making headlines by shutting down congressional town hall meetings. I know I should be despondent during this, the Khaki Pants Offensive in the Great American Health Care and Tax War. And yet, I’m euphorically repeating one word over and over again with a big grin on my face.


Finally, there’s no pretense. Finally, the Me-First, Screw-Everyone-Else Crowd’s ugliest traits are there for all to behold.