Progressive Democrat Issue 224

Healthcare remains a hot issue this week. And this is really the critical moment. Now is the time for you to contact your Congressional Reps, your Senators, and your local media to give your opinion on healthcare reform. Remember the real facts, the numbers that show America spends top dollar for mediocre medical outcomes. We are on par with Slovakia, Albania and Cuba even though we spend more than almost any other nation on earth. Sweden, Canada, The Netherlands and the UK have the best overall cost to outcome ratio.

This could be our last chance for decades to reform our healthcare system, and it really needs your input both to Congress and the media.

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Progressive Democrat Issue 222

This week I focus on healthcare, not surprisingly, as well as the boycott of Glenn Beck sponsors. I also have been slowly expandng some of my local coverage. I am trying to give local resources for people in three counties in New Jersey (Passaic, Warren and Sussex), three counties in Texas (Dallas, Harris and Travis) and one in Georgia (Coweta). Of course I continue my focus on Rochester, Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn in New York as well as more general coverage of several other states. But first...

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Progressive Democrat Issue 221

This week I am focusing on coal. Coal is among the most polluting sources of energy and in a warming world makes little sense. Additionally, the mining of coal is also hugely destructive and polluting (remember the recent massive coal ash spill in Tennessee). America needs energy, but we need to focus on reducing energy use through energy efficiency (this saves money as well as energy) and replacing pollutiing energy sources with clean energy sources. That is why I emphasize biodiesel and other biofuels, wind and solar as well as energy efficiency. I also emphasize, as I do in this issue, fighting to stop new coal-burning plants and new coal mining projects.

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Anti-Union Congressman Envies Union Health Benefits

Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) is complaining about his government-sponsored health care plan.  Manzullo, who opposes a "public option" in health care insurance, told the Rock River Times:

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Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 220

I am streamlining how I put this newsletter together while also expanding coverage in two states where I have lots of readers: Georgia and New Jersey. Interestingly, readership went down while I was on vacation, but immediately came back up once I started posting again. So I guess you all really do pay attention when I post.

As Sotomayor comes closer and closer to confirmation, and as we have a new Surgeon General (who ran a clinic in Louisiana that she pieced back together herself after Katrina...no thanks to Bush and the Republicans, of course) and unanimous approval by the Senate of a new head of NASA, this represents a hugely important week for America where amazingly qualified minorities are reaching all levels of the Federal government.

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