Politico reported today that Democrats—worried that the health reform bill delays most changes until 2013—want to add some provisions that will benefit Americans immediately. Great idea! For example, there’s a little-known bill by Congressman Chris Van Hollen that would enable neighborhood pharmacies to sell prescription drugs to about 50 million uninsured Americans at near-Canadian prices. more »
There was another attack on religious freedom in Washington, DC last Friday. Sadly, it received little notice in the news. Worse, almost no one has denounced this demonstration of naked bigotry. more »
Barack Obama visited Wall Street on Monday to deliver a message: the banking industry hasn’t learned the right lessons from our recent economic collapse and the Administration intends to make things right. Terrific. But did the President say everything that needs to be said? more »
It has come to this: Americans cannot get the health care reform we need without using the “reconciliation” process in the U.S. Senate. We can’t get 60 votes. Senator Kennedy’s seat will remain vacant for 5 months. Senator Byrd remains very ill. A handful of “moderate” Democrats and Republicans stand in the way of achieving cloture. more »
One of the greatest Senators in American history has died. Not everyone agreed with him. But except for the most ideological crazies, everyone who knew him respected his humanity, his energy, his longevity, and his love of country. A few decades ago, critics would have the basic decency to shut up while the flags flew at half mast. Today, they simply have no sense of shame.
August has been a frustrating month for progressives who seek quality, affordable health care for every American. Why does the Administration vacillate? Why does the media legitimize the opinions of right-wing liars and kooks? Why can’t congressional leaders get their act together? Most of all, who’s to blame?
In almost every state, President Obama’s Recovery Act prevented catastrophic cuts in education, health care, and a variety of other programs—at least temporarily. This federal aid not only protected state and local services for millions of Americans, it shored up local economies and saved both public and private jobs. But disaster looms next year.
Eighty-three percent of Americans favor and only 14 percent oppose “creating a new public health insurance plan that anyone can purchase” according to EBRI, a conservative business research organization. This flatly contradicts conservatives’ loudest attack against President Obama’s plan to provide quality, affordable health care for all.
We are like astronomers watching a black hole collapsing inward. But it’s the conservative movement we’re viewing. Lacking a Republican president to hold it in place, the powerful gravity of extremist ideology is crushing its adherents. At least, that’s how it looks through the lens of recent public opinion polls.
In my blog “Why Not Single-Payer,” I asked readers for their thoughts. I received arguments, which I’ll share in a later post. But first I thought I should reprint some of the awful-but-true stories of smart, hardworking people who have been unjustly treated by our nation’s Rube Goldberg-style health insurance system.