by btchakir, Wed Sep 09, 2009 at 12:51:14 PM EDT
by btchakir, Mon Sep 07, 2009 at 05:00:21 AM EDT
Today is our celebration of the Labor Movement and the value of the workers who built and continue to maintain America. As a holiday, it has an interesting political history and looking at the 127 years it has been celebrated we see stark changes that have been made in the relationship between the government and labor.
by btchakir, Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 06:11:28 AM EDT
Robert Creamer wrote a really good piece in the HuffPo called: Why Health Insurance Reform Will Pass This Fall -- It's the High Political Ground. I direct you to it since it blows a hole... no, four holes... in the stuff Morning Joe and his friends were putting out this morning.
The basic points (read the article for the expansions):
1). Most Americans - including swing voters - can't stand the health insurance industry.
2). The Obama Administration will use every ounce of its political capital to win this battle.
3). As the vote grows closer, many moderate Democrats will begin to realize the price they will pay personally if health insurance reform fails.
4). Finally, the pundits have ignored a critically important new development : the Obama base has been energized.
by btchakir, Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 05:12:24 AM EDT
I was watching Dr. Robert Ouellet, the President of the Canadian Medical Association, on C-Span's Morning Edition as he took calls and questions on Canada's single-payer system. The most important thing he did was blow holes in the myths which are being actively promoted by the Right-wing health opponents. I wish everyone could be watching or listening to this and, if as is the case on Sundays, C-Span reruns this morning's program on C-Span 3 in the afternoon, then it would be worth catching it and listening.
by btchakir, Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 04:09:36 AM EDT
This is the time for Democrats, and Obama in particular, to show the respect that Ted Kennedy deserved for his 42 years in the Senate by passing the one bill that was most important to his life. It seems to me that the final bill, which should also be named after Ted, should give us the real public option that the great majority of Americans want and that Kennedy had not yet managed to get us.
by btchakir, Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 05:48:50 AM EDT
In yesterday's NY Times, an article entitled A Public Option That Works showed up on the Op-Ed page. It is worth reading because the
...San Francisco experiment has demonstrated that requiring a shared-responsibility model -- in which employers pay to help achieve universal coverage -- has not led to the kind of job losses many fear. The public option has also passed the market test, while not crowding out private options. The positive changes in San Francisco provide a glimpse of what the future might look like if Washington passes substantial health reform this year.
by btchakir, Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 07:28:27 AM EDT
It is now the day after Senator Benjamin Cardin's Town Hall meeting in Hagerstown, MD, and I have had plenty of time to see what the local papers and television news have covered on it... plus I spent some time looking into the web sites of organizations that pushed attendees to the meeting (like Resistnet.com) and the prearranged instructions they put out to make sure nothing was reasonably discussed.
And this is what amazes me the most: a couple of hundred people who are my age or older who came to protest the benefits which, for the most part, would serve them well and which they actually need. Thinking back to where this kind of behavior, in which ordinary citizens are convinced to work against themselves, started... the incoming of Ronald Reagan 40 years ago... I am as confused now as I was then. How do middle-class and lower-middle-class individuals justify campaigning for the things that make their own lives worse?
by btchakir, Mon Aug 10, 2009 at 03:21:39 PM EDT
... or at least that's what an organization called The 60 Plus Association thinks. They supposedly represent older folks like me as we stand in the face of possible Health Care Reform. And, indeed, they are representing us older folks with a new television ad:
So, here I am sitting back in my big chair with my evening insulin shot and miscellany of pills, knowing that this organization is representing me and my age group against a government that wants to put me in front of a "death panel."
by btchakir, Tue Aug 04, 2009 at 08:03:05 AM EDT
It's a good thing we have web sites like TPM to show us what's going on when we're competing for Health Care Reform during Congress' August recess. Today they published the Teabaggers documentation that is being used to break up Town Hall meetings given by Democrats who support reform.
Go to http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/documen ts/2009/08/memo-details-co-ordinated-ant i-reform-harrassment-strategy.php?page=1 and you'll find the memo and support documents that came out of Conservatives for Patients Rights (they're great at creating names that make you think they have the patients' interests at heart... not the pharmaceutical and insurance giants that are funding them).
by btchakir, Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 05:05:02 AM EDT
Senate Finance Committee Kisses PHrMA's Ass - cuts Public Option from Health Care Bill...
Let's congratulate Max Baucus and Charles Grassley who have knuckled under to Big Pharmaceuticals and kept any Public Option out of the Senate Finance Committee's bill. They can join the applause brought to the measure by the rich and make the United States remain outrageously stupid when compared wit EVERY OTHER INDUSTRIALIZED NATION.
It's really incredible that they can ignore the President, the majority of Americans and those who see the absolute logic in making health care a reformed institution as opposed to a guaranteed moneymaker for the employers of lobbyists.