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Obama: Jacket off, sleeves rolled up, powerful pitch re health care vote

March 19, 2010 by barbara

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March 19, 2010 by barbara

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Gaining ground and counting down

March 17, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

Dennis Kucinich is the first Democrat to announce his shift from “no” to “yes” on the pending healthcare bill vote. Read full story in today’s New York Times. Excerpt follows:

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, Democrat of Ohio, said today that he plans to support the health care bill when it comes up for a vote this week. He becomes the first Democrat to publicly disclose his intention to switch from a no to a yes vote on the legislation.

“I’ve decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation,” Mr. Kucinich said at a morning news conference in the Capitol. “If my vote is to be counted, let it count now for passage of the bill, hopefully in the direction of comprehensive health care reform.”

I believe it is imperative that we pass this into law. As everyone is saying, it's not perfect, but it's the best we can hope for right now. And it's not bad.

The Washington Post provides a great graphic to show where all reps currently stand. Those of us bearing the curse of Kline and Bachmann could help by leaning on the undecideds. Just sayin’.

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When is a myth really a lie?

March 13, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

I find myself schlogging through the slough of despond again, wringing my hands whilst crying out into the bleak beyond, “Who can we trust? Oh, fine then. Whom?” It’s a darn good question. And the list is short.

One of my trusted sources is Paul Krugman (NY Times, Nobel Prize, et al). Infallible? Probably not. I’m not smart enough to know for sure. But I trust him. I believe most of what he says. And last week, Krugman weighed in on health reform myths.

Please read his op-ed piece in its entirety. What follows is a line on which to hang the whole of it.

(snip) …let me address three big myths about the proposed (health care) reform, myths that are believed by many people who consider themselves well-informed, but who have actually fallen for deceptive spin.

The first of these myths, which has been all over the airwaves lately, is the claim that President Obama is proposing a government takeover of one-sixth of the economy, the share of G.D.P. currently spent on health.

Well, if having the government regulate and subsidize health insurance is a “takeover,” that takeover happened long ago. Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs already pay for almost half of American health care, while private insurance pays for barely more than a third (the rest is mostly out-of-pocket expenses). Read on.

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Uffdah! You might be a Minnesotan...

February 28, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

A friend who is rarely as cynical as I am was musing the other day about things that tend to ID Minnesotans. For example:

If you have “no new taxes” except those paid by the state’s poorest residents, you might be a Minnesotan (YMBAM).

If your state university is becoming as expensive as private colleges, but prevails in building an extravagant new stadium on campus, YMBAM.

If you live in a state where the poorest residents cannot afford and/or are being denied healthcare while people come to your state from around the world for superior healthcare, YMBAM. Oh, there's more, you betcha.

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Thank you, Keith Olbermann

February 26, 2010 by barbara

by Prairie with postscript by barbara

As a "child" of an 85-year-old in the hospital this week, bearing witness to families around us in the ICU unit who are dealing with the trauma of trying to figure out arrangements for their loved ones and what will be allowed by insurance and what won't as they cope with the challenges of medical conditions....

As one who saw too much of the trauma of families dealing with the harshness of the healthcare coverage system amid their traumas of medical circumstance and care during the long years of my husband's illnesses which finally claimed him last July, I have just two words for Keith Olbermann's special comment:

Please continue reading.

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Thank you, Keith Olbermann

February 26, 2010 by

Prairie with postscript by barbara

As a "child" of an 85-year-old in the hospital this week, bearing witness to families around us in the ICU unit who are dealing with the trauma of trying to figure out arrangements for their loved ones and what will be allowed by insurance and what won't as they cope with the challenges of medical conditions....

As one who saw too much of the trauma of families dealing with the harshness of the healthcare coverage system amid their traumas of medical circumstance and care during the long years of my husband's illnesses which finally claimed him last July, I have just two words for Keith Olbermann's special comment:

Please continue reading.

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Thank you, Keith Olbermann

February 26, 2010 by

Prairie with postscript by barbara

As a "child" of an 85-year-old in the hospital this week, bearing witness to families around us in the ICU unit who are dealing with the trauma of trying to figure out arrangements for their loved ones and what will be allowed by insurance and what won't as they cope with the challenges of medical conditions....

As one who saw too much of the trauma of families dealing with the harshness of the healthcare coverage system amid their traumas of medical circumstance and care during the long years of my husband's illnesses which finally claimed him last July, I have just two words for Keith Olbermann's special comment:

Please continue reading.

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Democracy is slip-sliding away

February 25, 2010 by barbara

Alan Anderson writes

In 2000, Al Gore won the presidency by more than 500,000 votes. Due to a technicality in Florida, conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices overturned the will of the people and failed to allow a recount to proceed, even though that was the directive of the Florida supreme court. Democracy was damaged.

Now, the Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, is making a further mockery of our democratic system. He chose last year to exercise “unallotment,” and in so doing, he alone dictated the entire budget for the people of Minnesota. He disregarded the will of the legislature—the representatives of the people—and refused to negotiate. He didn’t have to. Pawlenty chose to misuse his power, completely disregarding the will of the majority….the same majority that voted for members of the House and Senate to represent them.

But wait. It gets worse. Read on.

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