Regulating the health insurance was a big effing deal, but reigning in the the banks is arguably far more critical to US economic stability. As usual, Economist Paul Krugman is your guide to all things economic, and today he broke down financial reform in simple and easy to understand terms. There are three groups of… Read more »
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I hate cable news. At least 99 percent of all cable news is a bag of throwaway garbage that serves no purpose other than to confuse, distract, misinform and stink up the room. The same can be said about talk radio. It’s not that broadcasting can’t be used to inform and educate the populous, sometimes… Read more »
The consensus among the talking heads, political wonks, hacks and bloviators is that Democrats will lose big in November’s elections. The logic is that the party in the White House always gets their ass handed to them in the first election after the president takes office. That’s what happened in 1994 after Clinton beat Bush… Read more »
Last week on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” former half-term Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is “interviewed” by Van Susteren who clearly has arranged this setup question with Palin so she can use some of her “zingers” against President Obama and health care reform.
Barack Obama has been talking about health care reform since 2007. Back then he talked about single-payer and universal health care – and you elected Obama with a landslide victory. While you didn’t get universal health care or single-payer – you did get health care reform.
Watching the conservative echo chamber in action is a frightening experience that most people don’t have to stomach on a daily basis.
The latest misinformation parroted by the rightwing machinery is that President Obama is buying votes on health care with judicial nominations.
Almost all politicians stretch the truth, or outright lie, to convince people that what they’re doing is for their benefit. But what’s happening right now regarding a possible parliamentary move by Senate Democrats to use reconciliation to pass health care reform is just too much.
President Obama appears to have finally realized that Republicans will never support any effort to reform health care. On Wed., Obama is expected to release a plan to pass health care reform. According to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, the president would like Republicans to not filibuster the bill in the Senate and allow a simple up-or-down vote, but that’s not going to happen.
The filibuster is the issue I’m tracking today. There’s a lot going on with Senators seeking to change rules, Republicans threatening more filibusters and pundits trying to figure it all out.
Here’s what I have so far.
Holding up bills in the Senate is the Republican plan to prevent Obama and Democrats from scoring any political points. To accomplish this goal, Republicans are threatening to filibuster more than ever, and some Democrats want Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call their bluff.
Here are all of the three documents released on Friday by the House ethics panel admonishing Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) for ethics violations.
Today the US House of Representative passed a bill removing the anti-trust exemption from insurance companies. The legislation passed 406 to 19 after hours of debate over an amendment by Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-TX) that would provide a data-sharing exception to the bill. The amendment was not added to the bill, but Lungren still voted… Read more »
Here’s the complete transcript and video of President Obama’s remarks before the bipartisan meeting with congressional leaders. The transcript was prepared by the White House and downloaded from WhiteHouse.gov on Feb. 9, 2010 at 10:45 p.m.
David Nexon had a big problem. An early version of national health care legislation contained a $40 billion tax aimed squarely at members of the medical device trade association he represents.
Even a cursory examination of our current health care system reveals that it is not a free market. We need to end employer-provided health insurance as a benefit. People should purchase health care in a true free market. Congress needs to revoke the health insurance anti-trust exemption for it to work though.
It was a joke – I think. But during an interview with Politico, Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Missouri, when asked what the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus does, he said “We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition.”
President Obama continues to make the same mistake over and over again. From bankers, to members of Congress and even the American people, Obama keeps hoping everyone will just get along and find common ground.
President Obama’s Weekly Address yesterday was about health care reform. Obama praised the Senate Finance bill. He said the bill would make coverage affordable to millions of Americans. Health care for all is now health insurance for all.
Nicholas Kristof tells it like it is. If you oppose real health care reform, you are morally challenged, to say the least. Members of Congress who do not support real health care reform should loose their health insurance. They should be forced to rely on emergency room visits when they get sick. They should be the ones who die from lack of access to health care. It is their fault we don’t all have access to proper health care – period.
I was an idiot to believe him, but I really did think Obama meant what he said on the campaign trail about cleaning up Washington by ridding it of the influential lobbyists that craft legislation in our nation’s capitol. But according to Frank Rich’s latest column, and the shape of health care reform bills, it appears Obama has done nothing to stop the corrupt power of corporate money in DC.