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Posted on Sep 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Bridging the Democratic Divide

If a Democrat wins the next presidential election, she or he will have to tackle battles abroad—and, no less significantly, at home.  Boyarsky predicts that, after ending the Iraq war, a Democratic president would “immediately be confronted with domestic issues that have no Democratic consensus, issues in which debate is charged with deep feelings about national, ethnic and racial identity.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton vs. the White House

A new Clinton campaign ad has the White House crying foul, and Clinton crying “Tough!” The commercial features the candidate saying that struggling families and troops are “invisible” to the president. Deputy press secretary Dana Perino said the claim is “outrageous” and that “it is unconscionable that a member of Congress would say such a thing,” which prompted this retort from Clinton: “Not only have I said it and am saying it, I will keep saying it because I happen to believe it.” Update: video added.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


War in Iraq, Poverty in America

Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. both understood the relationship between war abroad and poverty at home—an insight, says Boyarsky, that the nation sorely needs right now.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP’s Big Health Scare

Listening to the Republican candidates for president warn against “socialized medicine,” you might believe that national health insurance is really a plot to institute Soviet rule in the United States.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


Republicans Defend Big Tobacco From Sick Children

In keeping with Oscar Wilde’s adage that one cannot be too careful in the choice of enemies, congressional Democrats have chosen wisely and well.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


Children’s Healthcare Is a No-Brainer

Republican and Democratic senators have reached agreement on a measure that would boost healthcare coverage for millions of poor children, but President Bush has vowed to veto the win-win legislation.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Leaving No Republican Behind

In a state that likes the GOP, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, is succeeding by respecting those who disagree with him. Members of his party who are seeking the presidency should take note.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Michael Moore and Stephen Colbert, Strange Bedfellows

You knew it was only a matter of time before the Michael Moore “SiCKO” publicity train rumbled into Colbert Station.  In this clip, Stephen Colbert faces off with the dogged documentarian (via “satellite,” thanks to the faux host’s Blitzer-esque distancing technique) about the American healthcare system, only to discover that he and Moore share at least one thing:  a pronounced dislike of CNN.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


Failing America’s Neediest Children

Why does the Bush administration want to orphan the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, one of the few programs that both Democrats and Republicans have claimed as a wild success since the Clinton days?

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Straight Talk From Moore on Olbermann’s ‘Countdown’

Keith Olbermann and Michael Moore move the “SiCKO” discussion into the meaningful hows and whens of fixing the system by shooting past the CNN media controversy.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Smackdown:  Moore vs. Gupta on ‘Larry King Live’

Larry King capitalized on the heated showdown between Michael Moore and CNN’s “The Situation Room” by conducting a rematch between Moore and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on his show Tuesday night.  Moore, when he appeared on “Situation Room” earlier this week, denounced host Wolf Blitzer and reporter Gupta.

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE


While Europeans Holiday, Americans Toil

It’s a fact: Americans enjoy less vacation time than their European counterparts.  But shorter vacations, longer work weeks and skimpy sick leaves add up—not to greater upward mobility for U.S. workers, but rather a burned-out workforce earning less than preceding generations. Saner government policies are clearly needed.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Damage Control Time for Blue Cross

A Blue Cross exec sent out a memo with talking points to help company employees handle the fallout resulting from filmmaker Michael Moore’s scathing take on the American healthcare system, “SiCKO”—and Moore got his hands on it. Oops!  (H/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


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Moore and Maher on ‘SiCKO’

Back on May 25th, Michael Moore joined “Real Time” host Bill Maher to chat about his latest, “SiCKO,” which Maher called “amazing” and “your best yet.” In case you missed it or you just can’t get enough of the all-American documentarian on this “SiCKO” Friday, check it out.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


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movies.yahoo.com

Movie Review:  Michael Moore’s “SiCKO”

After all the usual controversy that swirls around any film by director and rabble-rouser Michael Moore, and after all those stories about Moore taking 9/11 workers to Cuba for treatment, “SiCKO” is finally in theaters.  Eunice Wong delivers her diagnosis for Truthdig.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


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movies.yahoo.com

Movie Review:  Michael Moore’s “SiCKO”

After all the usual controversy that swirls around any film by director and rabble-rouser Michael Moore, and after all those stories about Moore taking 9/11 workers to Cuba for treatment, “SiCKO” is finally in theaters.  Eunice Wong delivers her diagnosis for Truthdig.

Posted on Jun 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Michael Moore on ‘The Daily Show’

Jon Stewart and Michael Moore dish about healthcare, Paris Hilton as a canary in the coal mine, and the solution to America’s problems: Invade Canada.

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


Watch ‘Sicko’ and Call Your Congressman in the Morning

The rudimentary equation of the health insurance industry is that to make a profit, it must take in more money than it pays out in claims. This is why the public, as distinct from the political class, will intuitively understand and likely appreciate Michael Moore’s new film, “Sicko.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


‘SiCKO’: Michael Moore’s Prescription for Change

Michael Moore screened his new film, “SiCKO,” on Father’s Day at a special New York event honoring Sept. 11 first responders. Moore spoke of their heroism and recognized their role in the film. “SiCKO” is about the broken U.S. healthcare system. Case in point: the 9/11 rescue workers.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Veterans Face High Suicide Risk

A new study of American veterans who served between 1917 and 1994 found that returning soldiers are more than twice as likely to kill themselves, compared to civilians. While the research did not include veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the overall trend and reports of poor mental health care are cause for concern.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Michael Moore, Oprah and ‘Sicko’

Documentarian Michael Moore takes clips from his latest to Oprah for a discussion of the healthcare crisis and why even Republicans are responding warmly to the film: “I don’t want this to be a political issue. ... When you get sick, you get sick. The illness doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.”

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


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Moore Takes ‘Sicko’ to Sacramento

Director Michael Moore will use his new documentary “Sicko” as an advocacy tool for healthcare reform on June 12, when he will testify before the California State Legislature in Sacramento about his film—a scathing critique of the U.S. healthcare system.  Moore will also join nurses’ and doctors’ activist groups, as well as state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, for a rally at the state Capitol.

Posted on Jun 9, 2007 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Parties

So when Democratic presidential candidates get together, they argue about who has the best healthcare plan. When Republicans have a big discussion, it’s about torture and who’ll use it when.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Hops on the Healthcare Bandwagon

How did the third rail of American politics suddenly become the must-have political accessory in the 2008 election? It might have something to do with skyrocketing healthcare costs and the tens of millions of uninsured. Thus Barack Obama has become the latest candidate to call for universal health coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


In a Perfect World, Al Gore Is President

In this “Family Guy” homage to “Back to the Future,” a trip back in time triggers an alternate reality where Al Gore is president, crime has disappeared, cars can fly and Halliburton Chairman Dick Cheney has shot Justice Scalia, Karl Rove and Tucker Carlson in a tragic hunting accident.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Chitose Suzuki

Moore Pays Foe’s Health Bills

Michael Moore is enjoying major buzz at the Cannes Film Festival for his new film, “Sicko,”  about the U.S. healthcare system.  Meanwhile, one of his staunchest detractors has discovered that the anonymous benefactor who paid off his sick wife’s $12,000 yearly medical insurance bill was none other than the documentary filmmaker.

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


OxyContin Maker Fined for Pushing Misinformation

OxyContin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” is an effective drug for pain sufferers but also a highly coveted addictive opiate. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. Now the company that makes “Oxy” will have to pay $634.5 million in Justice Department fines for claiming that the painkiller, which has been linked to hundreds of overdose deaths, is less addictive and subject to abuse than the competition.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE



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VA Exaggerates Quality of Care, Study Finds

An exhaustive study of the VA health system and its administrators has found a pattern of overstating the quality of care, arguably at the expense of veterans. If Congress is under the impression that VA medical care is top notch, it is less motivated to appropriate resources for much-needed improvements.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


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johnmurneysblog.blogspot.com

Moore Slams Bush & Co. for Cuba Investigation

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore ripped into the Bush administration Friday, demanding that it “immediately end” its investigation into his recent trip to Cuba with 9/11 responders to have them medically treated.  The trip is part of his latest film, “Sicko.” 

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

U.S. Investigates Michael Moore

The Treasury Department is investigating documentarian Michael Moore over a recent trip to Cuba that the government says may have violated the trade embargo. Moore brought a group of ailing 9/11 rescue workers to the island nation in making his latest film, “Sicko,” an exploration of the healthcare system.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


Bill Maher

Bill Maher: Vive La France!

The “Real Time” host says that conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes at the French, who have the best healthcare system, an informed and active electorate, public intellectuals and, above all, the common sense to stay out of Iraq.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Clinton Warns on Disaster Preparedness

Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates might do well to heed the cautionary advice of former President Bill Clinton, who warned of coming disasters of both the man-made and natural varieties.  He spoke during a conference Friday at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Posted on May 5, 2007 READ MORE


Jim Lehrer

Shortchanging Veterans

Jim Lehrer reports that the Army may be underestimating the severity of disabilities, denying servicemen and -women lifetime benefits. The Veterans Disability Benefits Commission found that disability ratings made by the Veterans Affairs Department were typically higher than those of the Army.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


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if.com.au

Moore’s Cuban Tour

For his next documentary, “Sicko,” provocateur Michael Moore apparently invited a group of 9/11 responders to accompany him to Cuba and sample the country’s socialized healthcare system.  Harmful stunt or good medicine? 

Posted on Apr 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Podcast: California Pioneer on the Healthcare Crisis

Sheila Kuehl, former child star, Harvard legal scholar and California’s first openly gay legislator joins Truthdig’s James Harris and Josh Scheer for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


California Pioneer on Public Healthcare and More

This week regular panelists James Harris and Josh Scheer are joined by California’s first gay legislator, Sheila Kuehl, for a discussion on the urgent need for public healthcare, the myths about Gov. Schwarzenegger’s plan and the details of her own proposal.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Playing Walter Reed

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Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


Vets’ Healthcare Inquest Begins

Mea culpas, heated exchanges and reform pledges marked the first day of congressional hearings about the treatment of American veterans in military facilities like the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Meanwhile, Washington Post journalists Anne Hull and Dana Priest are following up on their Reed report with similar stories from vets across the country.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


The War at Home

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Posted on Mar 4, 2007 READ MORE


An Amnesiac Healthcare Plan

John Edwards’ proposal for universal healthcare suffers from the same flaws as Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated plan of 1993.

Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Two Taxed Americas

John Edwards’ plan for running a higher budget deficit to pay for universal healthcare coverage has the virtue of being honest.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: We’re Not Ready for Bipartisanship

Before Democrats and Republicans can come together to solve our nation’s problems, they’d have to agree on common goals. Don’t hold your breath for that….

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger
petrukhine.ru

Universal Healthcare—Sort of—for California

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced details of his healthcare plan on Monday, continuing a leftward swing that began shortly before the election. Under the plan, all Californians would be required to have health insurance, with costs spread across the private and public sectors.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: Ignoring the Medicare Fiasco

A new study suggests Medicare will lose $30 billion in overpayments to private companies over the next five years.  While Republicans made the mess, the Democrats have threatened to do little more than spray Windex on a landfill.

Posted on Dec 5, 2006 READ MORE


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Truthdig Podcast: The Hadley Memo, Healthcare, Truthdig’s Birthday and More

Robert Scheer digests the Hadley memo, Dennis Kucinich’s healthcare plan, media anxiety, Truthdig’s birthday and more.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


Videocast: Robert Scheer on the Hadley Memo, Truthdig’s Birthday and More

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer digests the Hadley memo, Dennis Kucinich’s healthcare plan, media anxiety, Truthdig’s birthday and more.

Posted on Dec 1, 2006 READ MORE


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Rep. Dennis Kucinich Tackles Healthcare

Rep. Dennis Kucinich speaks with Truthdig about the state of healthcare in America, his bill with Rep. John Conyers to provide universal coverage and why progress is inevitable: “It is going to happen, because there is an awareness that government has failed the American people in this regard, and it’s an economic issue, it’s a moral issue and it’s central to who we are as a nation.”

  • Exclusive: For the first time, the Ohio congressman describes his behind-the-scenes struggle with the party to overcome corporate influence and promote healthcare reform.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Ellen Goodman: Men Are From Mars, Women Want to ‘Make Things Better’

    Post-election polls show that while men were angry at Bush, women cast their votes seeking real improvement.  But will the Democrats be able to deliver on women’s expectations?

    Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE


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