• Is there any reason to believe its a good one?

  • comment on a post We Caught the Car, Now What Do We Do With It over 5 years ago

    It has to be universal AND mandatory

    It has to have a public AND private insurance option available to all

    It has to contain measures to control costs - of both insurance premiums and health care

    Regulation of private insurance would have to be enacted to end provisions for pre-existing conditions, etc.

    Without these, it will fail because it will only result in higher costs both to providers and taxpayers.  Uninsured people cost the system a lot of money.

    The issue of tax credits / rebates, etc. also has an inherent problem.  A recent study showed women who purchase individual insurance plans pay premiums that are 40-50% higher than men, regardless of pre-exisiting conditions.  Tax credits would be of little or no help to them.

    Not all of these are in Obama's health care plan.  Trying to implement reform "incrementally" could result in the same mess as the Wall Street bailout - doing more harm than good.

  • on a comment on House Results Thread over 5 years ago

    Without the third candidate, she probably would have won.

  • comment on a post MSNBC Reports that AP has UNCALLED MN SENATE over 5 years ago

    They're still encouraging donations to help with costs related to the recount.  

    Let's send Franken some love!

  • on a comment on House Results Thread over 5 years ago

    The new voters who came out for Obama didn't bother to vote in down-ticket races. For some, it may have been just the singular focus on Obama, for others, esp those who had to stand in line, they wanted to vote for him and then get out.

    I noticed some hints yesterday when passing out Dem Party sample ballots at polling locations.  A lot of the passionate Obama supporters were focused on him, I had to make a little sales pitch to get them to consider the other Dems on the ballot.

    We'll know more later as the stats come in.

  • on a comment on House Results Thread over 5 years ago

    Usually against entrenched GOP areas.  Wulsin probably would have beaten Mean Jean if a third candidate hadn't run.  

  • on a comment on Next Day down-ballot over 5 years ago

    When you get past his wise-cracking, he's so much like Wellstone with that intellect, passion and great midwestern sense of decency, common sense and concern for others.

  • on a comment on Next Day down-ballot over 5 years ago

    for health care reform and probably some other issues.

    Lobbyists still have a lot of control in DC and corporate interests (private insurance companies, pharma, etc.) have spent a lot of money on Dem races as well as Republicans. Most members of Congress are going to be concerned about keeping donations rolling in and it will affect a number of issues.

  • on a comment on Next Day down-ballot over 5 years ago

    Coleman's margin of victory was .04, enough to trigger the recount.  Let's hope Franken prevails.

    http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/politics/i ndex.cfm?page=article_bureau&id=4721 2&legislative_tag=1

    What the heck is wrong with Minnesotans?  It used to be a pretty good state with well educated, progressive people.  I had very high hopes for Al and donated a couple of times to his race.  

  • comment on a post Next Day down-ballot over 5 years ago

    Glad we won a House majority!  I,too, really hoped Dems could do better in the Senate and the down-ticket races.  It will make it difficult to get really good legislation passed. Don't expect to see too many GOP'ers willing to work on a bipartisan basis, at least not on good bills.

    I'm also holding out hope that Clinton takes over for Reid.  He will continue to perform disastrously in that job. With Clinton, there might be hope for getting a good agenda through Congress.

  • comment on a post Obama over 270 over 5 years ago

    Congrats, President-elect Obama!

  • on a comment on Prediction, or post mortem over 5 years ago

    Go away troll.

  • comment on a post House Seats over 5 years ago

    Driehaus is beating Chabot
    Boccieri looks to win Regula's seat
    Kilroy is winning Pryce's

    Mean Jean and Boehner are still ahead in their districts.

  • comment on a post Road to 60 Blocked: Wicker Wins Mississippi over 5 years ago

    Fox must be fun to watch tonight.  Just can't bring myself to switch channels, though.

  • comment on a post Fox News Has Just Called Ohio For Barack Obama over 5 years ago

    So much thanks to Jennifer Bruner for giving us a free and fair election!

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