Phil Bredesen, Corporate Pedophile

When a little birdie told me that the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder is reporting that the Obama Administration is vetting Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen for Secretary of Health and Human Services, my head exploded.  I damn near stroked out, y'all.  A diehard Hillarycrat, this is his transparent way of saying that we would have been better off with the Queen of Triangulation, and by extension, her approach to health care reform.  I don't know if that's true, but if Barack Obama gives a mutha%$#*ing bastard like Phil Bredesen the reins of HHS, I do know we'll all wish we had been volunteer slaves on the Clintons neo-liberal plantation.

Placing Governor Bredesen in charge of the Administration's health care reform effort is analogous to giving a pedophile unfettered access to children.  At least an establishment tool like Tom Daschle has a few scruples left; a capitalist pig like Phil Bredesen has none. It's my moral obligation to sound the alarm so that this capitalist piggy screams "wee, wee, wee," all the way home.

I know what you're thinking. "Damn, Skeptical Brotha has gone off his meds." If you must know, I ain't on no meds, at least not for that, but if I were, and I depended on Tennessee's Medicaid program, for example, an MF like Phil Bredesen would be rationing my sh*t to "2 name brand drugs and 3 generic prescription drugs monthly, the lowest in the country." This is done without any regard for the maladies people have or what doctors say their patients need. Thanks be to Gawd that my therapist thinks my depression is situational and not clinical.  That is a conversation for another day and I need to stay on task.  

Let me be clear so there can be no misunderstanding. Phil Bredesen is a corporate pedophile whose unconscionable greed as a former HMO executive made him a multimillionaire and unscrupulous politician who elects to balance Tennessee's state budget on the backs of sick children and vulnerable adults by using the spurious pretext of cost to deny them access to proper medical care.  

Old habits die hard and Bredesen's unconscionable greed was made manifest by the deliberate denial of medical care to an unsuspecting public covered by his HMO. His private sector "success," in turn, made him the type of slimy prick the corporate power structure encourages to run for public office.   He began his career as the Mayor of Nashville and subsequently became Tennessee's Governor.  If I do this right, he'll never receive a cabinet appointment in the Obama Administration because of his shameful record as the business lobby's nefarious servant directing the state of Tennessee to follow his callous and right-wing business model.

Before Bredesen eff'ed it up, TennCare was the most generous and cost-effective Medicaid program in the country.  Not only did it cover indigent care, its intended function, it also drew down ample federal subsidies to expand coverage to adults who couldn't gain access to health coverage because of pre-existing conditions or prohibitive cost.  The subsidies kept hospitals and clinics operating in areas that provided essential care to the isolated rural poor and reduced the rate of uninsured to one of the lowest in the country.  The program operated in the black until a Republican governor started messing with it. Bredesen was (s)elected by the power structure in 2002 to finish the job.

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund wrote to the Governor in 2004 about their fear that Bredesen's "reforms" would give the state or its contractors "sole discretion to decide whether a service is covered, without meaningful regard to widely accepted standards of medical care or appropriate deference to the professional judgment of the treating physician."

"...This invites physicians and/or the TennCare Bureau and its contractors to apply a standard of care to an already vulnerable population that could threaten a patient's health and cause `life-threatening consequences."

Given the terrible way in which the black poor were and continue to be treated and the fact that forty percent of the African American population of Tennessee was dependent on the state's Medicaid program for basic access to medical care; a number, which included at least 50 percent of black children, the NAACP's fears were well founded.  

Bredesen ignored the concerns of his detractors and they sued the hell out of the state. They attempted to make the Governor and his minions accountable for a draconian, bare bones Medicaid program that cut over two hundred thousand elderly and disabled people off from assistance they formerly received resulting in "an increase in preventable deaths by a rate that equals an additional death every 30 hours."

A federal Court found in 2001 that "the state and its managed care contractors were systematically violating quality of care standards governing the treatment of low-income TennCare children, including those in the state's troubled foster care system. There was extensive evidence that children suffered serious harm as a result of those violations. In 2006, state officials claimed to have fixed the problems. But a panel of court-appointed monitors issued a lengthy report last year (2007) finding that the state had not proven that claim, and there remained evidence of widespread problems.  

In June last year, a federal appeals court authorized a computer expert to determine whether the Bredesen Administration had altered computer records to evade court orders to produce records documenting the state's systematic denials of care to 650,000 children covered by the state's Medicaid program.  According to the Tennessee Justice Center, "the Governor and other officials disclosed that they had used Bredesen's personal email system and their personal computers for state business. They claimed that by putting the public records on personal computers, officials could shield them from inspection."

Bredesen's heartlessness is borne out by numerous horror stories documented by Families USA:  

Could you sleep at night if your budget cuts eliminated an elderly woman from receiving treatment for schizophrenia and lung cancer?

Could you cancel a prostate cancer operation for an elderly senior living on less than $1000 a month just days before the procedure?

Could you look at yourself in the mirror if you prevented anyone suffering from emphysema or some other respiratory condition from getting round-the-clock oxygen?

Could you face the public knowing that you cut off insulin dependent diabetics from their medication?

Phil Bredesen can because he is a monster. The cumulative impact of his evil is unfathomable.  It doesn't take a genius to understand why Republicans vote for him or why my favorite neo-liberal ass clown's at the New Republic fetishize his massive cruelty.

Any sentient Democrat who believes that a bastard like Phil Bredesen merits consideration for Barack Obama's cabinet should be fitted for a straight jacket and locked away forever in a padded cell.   I am compelled to write today. I am ringing the bell and sounding the alarm. Let the word go forth, from this time and place, that the progressive blogosphere finds a Bredesen appointment totally unacceptable.  It is the highest insult for progressives for him to even be vetted by this Administration. His appointment would be a stench in the nostrils of God and a sick joke on the most vulnerable among us, especially sick and disabled children and adults, like the elderly and the uninsured, the people his green eyeshades target as the expendable poor that are socially acceptable to kill.

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Re: Phil Bredesen, Corporate Pedophile

Brother, the last time I checked Governor Bredesen's approval rating among all TN state voters was a high of 71% & a low of 55% among all state voters. Yes, a democrat in a Red Southern Republican state.

He also has consistenly hit 70% to 76% job approval among TN democratic voters.

Not to mention two Landslide wins as Governor in a Very Red republican state.

Yes, he is not a Jesse Jackson democrat. If he was, he wouldn't be governor of the state of Tennessee.

Apparently, brother Obama thinks highly of him to even consider him.

Chill bro ! A brother is in the whitehouse. A brother whining in the street over nothing aint gonna get no sympathy from nobody. This is a era for African-Americans. You sound like you're stuck in the 60's! chill

by latinomaker 2009-02-07 07:09AM | 0 recs
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Brotha, I am appalled that you can't discern the real significance of Obama's election or the increasingly right-ward drift of his policies.  
Appointing a ludicrous embarrassment like Phil Bredesen to the cabinet is a progressive betrayal.
Believing otherwise is disturbing signal of how well the corporate media has brainwashed you with their propaganda.

by skepticalbrotha 2009-02-07 08:00AM | 0 recs
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I don't see how Bredesen can even get through Congress, politically. Blue Cross Blue Shield paid $150k to decorate his house! Democrats on the left and Republicans on the right would go ballistic (for different reasons). It would be another Daschle-like embarassment for Obama, not what he needs.

by animated 2009-02-07 08:37AM | 0 recs
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Incredible. Thanks for the heads up.

by skepticalbrotha 2009-02-07 08:57AM | 0 recs
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FYI; apparently it wasn't "his house" but the State Governor's Mansion.

by cameoanne 2009-02-07 05:54PM | 0 recs
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regardless if Gov. Bredesen ever gets the nod, the point is the continued bashing of duly elected democrats by other democrats who happen to be " Out of state" democrats.

Gov. Bredesen, like Gov. Easley, like Gov. Henry, like Sen. Ben Nelson, like Sen. Bayh - have ALL received 70% to 80% + job approval ratings from DEMOCRATS in their respective states that they represent.

I repeat, from " Democratic constituents" that they respresent in their respective RED leaning moderate/conservative states.

Then, out of thin air- you have some Left Wing liberal from some place in NY or San Francisco bashing these democrats.

They may not represent your values, but they sure get landslide thumbs-up victories from fellow democrats in their states.

NY is not TN. CA is not TN. DC is not TN.

Its like asking Al Sharpton to run for Senator in Tennessee. Or asking Harold Ford Jr. to run for Senator of California.

Its pure left wing stupidity by some brothers.

Who are you to dictate to democrats in Indiana, Tennesse, Oklahoma who should represent them.

by latinomaker 2009-02-07 02:25PM | 0 recs
about 20 percent of Americans

identify as liberals.

Probably at least a third of Obama voters in the general election are liberals.

Who represents them in Obama's cabinet, besides Hilda Solis if she gets through?

He should not keep punching us in the stomach. He has too many conservatives in the cabinet already.

Keep people like Bredesen in states like Tennessee. I don't want them controlling federal policy on health care reform.

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-07 04:36PM | 0 recs
Re: about 20 percent of Americans

Let me remind some of our base partisans.

Obama won the electoral count. Something Kerry nor Gore did not accomplish.

The last time I checked Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, Florida, & North Carolina are NOT bastions of Liberalism. The last time I checked, Democrats who have won in these traditional RED STATES have been MODERATE Democrats. NOT your typical LIBERAL democrat.

Without a combination of OH, IN, CO,FL, NC- we would NOT have a President Obama today. How hard is it to understand that.

Ted Kennedy nor Jesse Jackson would NEVER EVER win a General Election in Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, Florida, & North Carolina.

So lets not MAKE UP scenarios that DO NOT exist. Barack Obama received MORE, MUCH MORE votes from your " Non-Liberal" voter across the country.

Without your "Moderate Independent" voter, Obama would not be president today. Without your " moderate/centrist" democrats, majority of whom did not support Obama in the primary- He would not have won the General Election.

Lets get that straight!!!

Many Liberals cried & screamed that Bush cabinet members & appointees were literally ALL CONSERVATIVES !!!!

Now you want Barack Obama to do the exact SAME mistake of a partisan purity test.

The last time I checked, Bredesen, Nelson, Bayh are all democrats. In fact, very successful democrats in ROUGH RED TERRAIN.

Who the hell are some of these street left wing activists calling them " Not real democrats"?
Damn, these elected democrats who happen to be "mainstream" americans like majority of all americans  have accomplished more in life as a Democrat than 99% of you loud critics will ever accomplish politically in your lifetime.

Today,, reports say that ANOTHER MODERATE RED STATE DEMOCRAT in Sebeluis might be the HHS.

Is she good enough for you? She surely isn't a Liberal from the Bay Area or some liberal from Manhattan, NYC.

Obama was elected by all americans. Not partisan liberals.

by latinomaker 2009-02-08 06:40AM | 0 recs
so if one-third of Obama voters

were liberal Democrats, you think it's right for only one of his cabinet appointments to be a liberal. Let moderates and conservatives run federal policy in all areas.

He's got three Republicans in there, even though a lot more liberals than Republicans got him where he is.

There's reaching out to all sides and then there's punching your base in the stomach repeatedly.

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-08 08:55AM | 0 recs
read this diary by DrSteveB

who describes Bredesen as "beyond awful": /5/13374/52164/26/693578

The Obama-Biden magnet is coming off my car if Obama offers HHS to Bredesen.

by desmoinesdem 2009-02-07 04:38PM | 0 recs
Told you so!!!! It's his way of delaying health

care reform to his second term by having an ex HMO hack to explain to us how we have to settle for a lousy type of gov't run HMO - let's face it, after his obscene stimulus package, which will create minimum jobs and I've read that most of the 300,000 jobs created in construction would go to illegals, there's just no money left for any kind of great insurance reform but to go for an HMO, and who better to head it up than an ex-HMO shill! How proud you must be for voting for a true republican dressed in democratic clothing!

by suzieg 2009-02-07 05:00PM | 0 recs
illegals eh?

Stormfront is thataway --->

by JJE 2009-02-07 06:29PM | 0 recs
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Bredesen is terrible.  I'd rather have Jim Cooper at HHS than him.  I'd almost rather have Mitt Romney.  Although, I don't know why any of those are being floated considering what a large and talented pool of non-terrible Democrats we have.

by Skaje 2009-02-07 05:06PM | 0 recs


Save that rhetoric for Republicans.

by Bush Bites 2009-02-08 07:22AM | 0 recs


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