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Stimulation Without the S-Word

So now we know: The economic stimulus plan passed by Congress at the beginning of the year was not big enough.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Schwarzenegger Pumps Up Health Care Reform

The California governor and rare Hollywood Republican released a statement Tuesday in support of health care reform, in which he praised the president and urged his “colleagues on both sides of the political aisle at the national level to move forward and accomplish these vital goals for the American people.”

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Jae C. Hong

The Missing Health Care Debate

One way to give people a good deal on their health care is the so-called public option. A better way is the kind of strong regulation that isn’t even being discussed.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Pressures Senate on Public Option

Like a reluctant Sisyphus, the president is still pushing the public option up Capitol Hill. According to a report in the L.A. Times, Obama has been trying to sell moderate Democrats on the idea. That’s no easy task, as many have taken gobs of money from the private health industry and coincidentally oppose meaningful reform.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

War Kills Off Great Reform Movements

The hawks urging President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan have no interest in his domestic policy. The 20th century is a graveyard of good ideas that lost out to war.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE



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Pox Americana: The Real Cost of Bailing Out Wall Street

In the 20th century, smallpox killed more people than all of that bloody century’s wars combined. It cost $300 million to eradicate the disease. What might have been achieved with the $4 trillion we gave Wall Street?

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


‘Socialism’ and Sham in the Senate

Listening closely to the politicians with the most clout in the debate over health care, it is startling to discover how little they actually seem to know about the subject.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Congressman: Republicans Are ‘Knuckle-Dragging Neanderthals’

Rep. Alan Grayson, the congressman who said the Republican health care plan is for Americans to die quicker, tells Wolf Blitzer and friends what’s up: “Democrats have to have guts. And now we have to have the guts to take the majority that the American people have given us and do something with it.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Making Tragedy Out of Farce

The Senate Finance Committee’s health care debate has given Michael Moore hours of footage for his next cinematic assault on the system.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


The Public Option Only Looks Dead

The strangest aspect of the debate over a public option for health coverage is that the centrists who oppose it should actually love it.

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


A Question of Health—and Equality

My favorite moment so far in the health care debate was when Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl argued against mandating maternity benefits as part of a basic insurance coverage. “I don’t need maternity care,” he blurted out. At which point, Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow quipped, “I think your mom probably did.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2009 READ MORE


Sen. Robert Byrd
senate.gov

Is Byrd’s Health a Factor for Health Reform?

Not to be morbid or insensitive, but the succession of Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat got us thinking about another Democrat among the 60 probably needed to push through health care reform.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


HIV Vaccine
nature.com

HIV Vaccine May Cut Infection Rate

After almost 30 years since HIV surfaced in the United States, researchers in Thailand and the U.S. have created an experimental vaccine that has, over a seven-year study, been found to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by one-third. The vaccine is a combination of two existing vaccinations that were not successful in reducing infection.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Charity Should Begin With Charities

If the uninsured can’t count on the do-gooders to help them, where else can they turn?

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Now, Where Was I?

It turns out watching TV while Twittering and surfing the Web may make one focus poorly, remember less and distract easily.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Health Reform Money Is Aimed at Red States

Sen. Max Baucus’ health care plan would shift massive amounts of tax money away from traditionally blue states.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama TV: How the President Revived Health Care

By monopolizing the airwaves with his calm rationality, President Obama has retaken control of the national health care debate, which was beginning to descend into ideological hysteria.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Susan Walsh

Shady Deal Showered Top Blue Dog With Cash

Rep. Mike Ross has been one of the leading opponents of health care reform in Congress. Guess who coincidentally sold property to a pharmacy chain for hundreds of thousands more than it was worth? Ka-ching!

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE


A Clunker, Not a Cadillac

Finally, a health care proposal George W. Bush could love. Sen. Max Baucus’ idea to tax “Cadillac” insurance plans has been pushed by Republicans for years.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


Olympia Snowe
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Talk of Bipartisanship Is Now Thoroughly Warped

All of the health bills on offer, even the supposedly “liberal” House bill, are already centrist compromises built on a private health insurance market. Above, Olympia Snowe, who may turn out to be the single Senate Republican voting for reform.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE



Flick / MeetTheCrazies

Where Did All These Marchers Come From?

Josh Silver from FreePress.net joined us to discuss the Glenn Beck phenomenon, Obama’s health care plan and our country’s dependence on for-profit media.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE



Flick / MeetTheCrazies

Where Did All These Marchers Come From?

Josh Silver from FreePress.net joins us to discuss the Glenn Beck phenomenon, Obama’s health care plan and our country’s dependence on for-profit media.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009 READ MORE


Selective Deficit Disorder

When President Bush vastly expanded the deficit with his massive tax cuts for the wealthy, where were the conservative organizations that recently marched on Washington?

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE


Jimmy Carter Is Right

President Obama has to give even his most vocal critics the benefit of the doubt. But I don’t. There’s a particularly nasty edge to some of Obama’s detractors that is difficult to explain in terms other than racism.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE



senate.gov

Did Somebody Spike Sen. Grassley’s Ovaltine?

If you haven’t been following Sen. Chuck Grassley’s psychodrama, here are the recent developments. The Republican who personally delayed a health care reform has pretty much decided not to vote for any bill, even if he likes it, and is now offended that the president had the audacity to quote him accurately.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Massachusetts Close to Replacing Kennedy With a Temp

Democrats would like an interim senator to fill Ted Kennedy’s shoes until a January election provides a more permanent solution, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Thursday agreed to give Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint just such a person.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE


Testing the Obama Effect

President Obama was the first Democrat to win Virginia’s electoral votes since 1964, and his drop in the polls has already had a powerful influence on the direction of this year’s contest for governor.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE



finance.senate.gov

Baucus Bill Lands With a Whimper

Sen. Max Baucus bent over backward to please Republicans with his insurance-friendly vision of health care reform, which forces everyone to buy private insurance and has no public option, but the very Republicans he negotiated with now won’t have anything to do with the bill.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE



AP Photo / Toby Talbot

The Other Public Options

Overlooked in the health care debate is the recently reconfirmed fact that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are working better than ever.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


football players
Flickr / SteelCityHobbies

NFL Players Give Away Their Brains

Recent autopsies on the brains of former football players showed that concussions cause a lot more brain damage than previously suspected. To contribute to a better understanding of the problem, three current and 40 retired NFL players have agreed to donate their brains to a program at Boston University.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Stop Begging Obama and Get Mad

The right-wing accusations against Barack Obama are true. He is a socialist, although he practices socialism for corporations.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


Rep. Joe Wilson
AP / Harry Hamburg

Wilson and Our National Character

If you saw a woman struck by a car, would you call an ambulance right away? Or would you first ask for her papers to make sure she was not an illegal immigrant?

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


No Way to Treat a President

Throughout Obama’s speech Wednesday, there was grumbling, mugging and eye-rolling on the Republican side that was not only undignified but frankly un-American.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


We’ve Seen This Trigger Before

The “trigger mechanism” is gaining momentum after President Obama’s speech to Congress. Once again, lawmakers turn to legislative subterfuge to kill popular common-sense reform.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


President Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Insurance Stocks Rise After Obama Speech

Remember President Obama’s reference during his health care address to “Wall Street’s relentless profit expectations”? Well, those expectations were apparently met by that same address. Insurance company stocks got a boost from the speech, which foreshadowed the death of the public option and promised to deliver millions of currently “irresponsible” customers.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Speech Even Insurance Companies Could Love

President Barack Obama’s health care reform speech to Congress Wednesday night was impassioned, but it also echoed a lot of ideas from insurance company lobbying.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009 READ MORE


A 9/11 Debt Still Unpaid

Thousands of those who descended on lower Manhattan after the terrorist attack were not cops or firefighters, and didn’t have the safety nets those jobs provide.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


A Perfect Storm of Idiocy

How did America surrender its political discourse—not to mention the news cycle—to the most unreasonable and unstable elements of the far right?

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Health Care Reset

By joining specifics, a powerful moral argument and an unapologetic defense of government’s role in promoting social justice, the president sought to rescue the health care debate from the mire of a congressional system that has encouraged delay and obstruction.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Full Text of the President’s Speech to Congress

The president’s speech to Congress on Wednesday was not without surprises, including a Ted Kennedy-inspired appeal to the “character of our nation” and a rowdy (and democratically elected) heckler. Here is the full text.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Joyce N Boghosian

Ted Kennedy’s Letter From Beyond the Grave

The late senator had an unexpected cameo in the president’s speech in the form of a letter that, at Kennedy’s request, was delivered after his death. The White House has released the document, which says “at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.” Read it after the jump.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


Mike Ross
house.gov

Don’t Take Blue Dog’s Word for It: It’s Worthless

Rep. Mike Ross, head of the House Blue Dogs, says he can no longer abide a deal he made with White House chief of staff (and Blue Dog patron saint?) Rahm Emanuel. Ross’ vision of the public option already made liberals queasy, but now the Arkansas Democrat says even that version is too much.

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 READ MORE


Progressives Pay the Price for Confusing a Party With a Movement

Washington’s labor, environmental, anti-war and anti-poverty groups spent millions electing a Democratic president and Congress and were promptly stabbed in the back. So why are they still loyal?

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


From ‘Do No Harm’ to Torture

A new report by Physicians for Human Rights reaches a sickening but inescapable conclusion: “Health professionals played central roles in developing, implementing and providing justification for torture.”

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Barack Obama
White House / Pete Souza

Don’t Be Fooled by the Public Option

The fight over the public option has occupied much of the media coverage, but left unsaid is the fact that weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations have weakened the public option proposal to the point that it is hardly an option at all.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Distorting the Voice of the People

There is an overwhelming case that the electronic media went out of their way to cover the screamers and ignored the majority of calm Americans interested in health care reform.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Health Care’s Senior Moments

When exactly did the Republicans start operating one of those marketing scams that target the elderly?

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE



ABC

‘Death With Dignity’ for the Public Option?

The White House is about to relaunch its health reform campaign and some, including Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, are hopeful that the president will “more aggressively fight for a strong health reform bill with a strong public option.” Behind the scenes, however, his staff may be looking for the best way to kill it.

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Ollie Crafoord

Good News and Bad News About Swine Flu

Researchers at the University of Maryland say not to worry about the dreaded swine flu mutating into an even more dreaded super bug. That’s the good news. The bad news: Swine flu doesn’t mutate, based on their tests, because it doesn’t have to. It’s stronger than other flu strains and spreads like wildfire. At least among ferrets.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


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