Need Renaming Campaign "American Option" not "public option"

Lets face it.  Most of us realize mandating people buy insurance without government competition will do nothing to control costs and  will create a private health insurance entitlement program by delivering 50 million new mostly healthy captive customers.  Something I might of thought was a Bush-era plan like privatizing social security.

However most of us would swallow a  mandate as long as there was a government run option: what has been called a "public option".

Most sheeple want to know what's in it for them.  The word "public" for many people implies entitlement programs that they reflexively don't like - e.g. it makes them think they are paying for people who are lazy, or differently pigmented etc...  Americans are selfish.

George Lakoff has a column about the bad phraseology of the health reform effort.  Personally, I can't stand the irony of older white folks protesting against government run health care who are no doubt Medicare recipients! off/health-care-reform-some-b_b_200132.h tml

Principle 8. The American Plan costs less and does more.

HMO's are big spenders, not on your health, but on administrative costs, commercials to tout their plans, and profits to investors. As much as 20 to 30% of what you pay does not go to your care. In The American Plan, 97% of what you pay goes for your care. It's a better deal for you and for our country.

Anyhow I think mistake number one was not essentially creating a medicare for all system.  People love medicare and know about it.  Even GOPers won't vote against it.  Reframing public option into the "American Option" is the only way to reshape the discussion.

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Emerging Research on Health Care as a Human Right: They Get It

And by "they", we mean the very audiences we need in order to change the conversation about health in this country:  politically active moderates and liberals.  Recent focus groups with these audiences show an apparently growing comfort with not only declaring health as a human right, but also in recognizing what that would mean to health care reform.

These groups build on our national poll from 2007 showing that 72% of the general population believe that health is a human right.  Using the demographic data provided by the poll, our researchers at Belden Russonello & Stewart honed in on persuadable audiences to determine their receptivity to a number of human rights messages. 

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Vote Grand Oil Party! Multi-layered deception coming to a street corner near you

In my neck of the woods, the local Republicans are showing a real green thumb (actually, perhaps green hammer) as there is green sprouting all over. Green signs with a gas pump are appearing with the words "Drill Now! Pay Less! Vote GOP!"

Now, other than the direct linkage of a gas pump and the Republican Party (the Grand Oil Party), it is hard to see any honesty in this poster. It is a continuation of the concerted Republican efforts to mislead and lie to the American people about critical energy issues. It is, in fact, impressive that this sign can be deceptive and simply dishonest on so many levels at the same time.

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Call the Spade a Bloody Shovel

Crossposted fromMY LEFT WING

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To call a spade a bloody shovel means more than speaking plainly; rather, it means saying something that is true but unpalatable -- or impolitic.

During an otherwise stellar appearance on David Letterman's show last night, Barack Obama missed an opportunity to deliver a kidney punch to John McCain. In my view, this missed opportunity vividly exemplifies a weakness in the election style Democrats have used over the past three decades.

(I'm not saying Obama's campaign exemplifies this style; to the contrary, despite a few missteps -- and who among us could do better? I submit that, given the fact that Barack Obama has steamrolled over every obstacle thus far, this man just might know better than anyone how to correct the Democratic Party's mistakes of the past and finally, FINALLY beat these bastards in this rigged game. But I'm making a point here, so... bear with me.)

Letterman asked, and I'm paraphrasing,

"If you'd been able to pick your Vice-Presidential running mate after McCain picked Palin, would you have chosen differently?"

Obama answered -- and again, I'm paraphrasing:

"I chose the person I want in the room with me, giving me wise advice and different points of view..."

Intelligent, cogent and sincere.

But I think he should have phrased it thusly:

"Maybe this is another difference between Senator McCain and me:

I didn't pick my running mate because I thought he would help me WIN; I picked him because I thought he would help me GOVERN."

Stark, simple and true. Did John McCain pick Sarah Palin because he thought she was the best of all possible candidates for the role of Vice-President in a McCain Administration?

The very suggestion is a joke. Nobody could make that suggestion wit a straight face unless he worked for McCain or Fox News. McCain picked Palin to help him win the election.

Just one more in an endless series of proofs that John McCain's campaign slogan of "Country First" is an empty, shallow and insulting lie.

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Shifting the Political Debate

A year and a half ago, The Opportunity Agenda embarked on an ambitious effort to elevate social justice values, problems, and solutions in the 2008 presidential election cycle.  In particular, we sought to make two crucial ideals, Opportunity and Community, front and center in public and political discourse around the campaign.  Opportunity is the idea that everyone should have a fair chance to achieve his or her full potential; it is an idea inextricably linked with the American Dream.  Community is the notion that we share a sense of responsibility for each other; that we're all in it together and strongest when we leave no one behind.  Community values are the essence of our national motto, e pluribus unum, "from many, one."

The Opportunity Agenda has promoted those values across social issues, from education to living wages to the integration of immigrants to health care to family farming, identifying the practical solutions that uphold our core ideals.  We have worked in collaboration with hundreds of social justice leaders, organizations, and everyday folks, and in a particularly strong partnership with the Center for Community Change and its network around community values.

Our effort has included research on American values, public opinion, framing, and media discourse; communications tools and training for hundreds of advocates, organizers, faith, and political leaders around the country; outreach to mainstream and ethnic media; new media advocacy, from blogs to YouTube, to MySpace and Facebook; and message support to the Heartland Presidential Forum: Community Values in Action, co-sponsored by the Center for Community Change in Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the caucuses.

Our effort is strictly non-partisan and does not embrace any candidate or either party.  We believe that a long-term campaign to move hearts, minds, and policy must cross partisan boundaries. 

As the Democratic National Convention came to a close, we were able to see real progress in moving the political discourse.  Opportunity and Community were very much "in the house" at the Democratic convention.  Indeed, the theme of the convention--renewing America's promise--had deep roots in the narratives of Opportunity and Community.  We'll be analyzing the Republican convention shortly.

At an important part of the convention speech, Obama combined the values of opportunity and community: "Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work.  That's the promise of America, the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation, the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper." 

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