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Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/03/09 at 10:09 AM

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Senate Committee Rolls out Promising Health Care Bill

And by promising I mean as in, yeah, it could totally work!

Despite some early confusion about the cost of the bill and the extent to which it would provide coverage, the details are now becoming clear. 

Ezra Klein provides an overall summary:

The short version is this: CBO estimates that by 2019 the bill will cover 21 million people at a cost of $597 billion. But—and this is important—the HELP Committee’s bill doesn’t include the Medicaid expansion, because Medicaid is under the sole jurisdiction of the Finance Committee. But if Medicaid is expanded to 150 percent, it will cover an additional 20 million at a cost of about $1 trillion. Add in the savings that Finance is expected to get from reforming Medicare and you’re looking at a bill that will cost $1 trillion to $1.3 trillion and cover 42 million people (which would mean 97 percent of the legal population in 2019 would have health insurance) by 2019.

The proposal is able to control costs by imposing an employer mandate - $750 fine per full-time employee per year if you don’t provide health insurance coverage.  For part-time employees the cost is $375.  (Companies with fewer than 50 employees would be exempt from this.)  The bill also provides a public plan option, expands Medicaid, provides subsidies for families making too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford health insurance and prevents insurance companies from disqualifying people with pre-existing conditions or from charging widely disparate rates to people based on age or health history.  And I did not see a provision for taxing employer paid health benefits as had been speculated previously.  Finally the bill provides many incentives for increasing preventive care and improving the quality of health care provided.

In short, me likey!  And so does President Obama.

A couple of weeks ago the Congressional Budget Office scored the cost of the bill and came up with figures that indicated it would be much more expensive and cover a lot fewer people (causing certain Repub senators to go ballistic).  It has been clarified now that they scored an incomplete version and the new cost estimates are much more accurate.

This bill and the companion bill from the Finance Committee are close enough to the House version that reconciliation shouldn’t be a painful procedure.  The key, of course, is to get it passed by the Senate.  Here’s where we come in again.  Call, e-mail, fax, Tweet or just shout it out to your Senators that they need to step up to the plate and support this very realistic and badly needed legislation!  Folks are dying for lack of health care.  And many who are not dying are living lives of reduced quality because of lack of access to care and/or medications.  Mr. Reid, that is a cause that is well worth flexing your muscles for.

Posted by marindenver on 07/02/09 at 05:03 PM

Categories: PoliticsBarack ObamaEditorialsElection '08Health CareNutters

He changed it from “Reed” so as not to invoke too powerful an image of one who stands tall and proud

Well, it’s official. The Senate majority leader is not actually a human being; he is the jokes Firedoglake makes about him given flesh. Like The Dark Half if M.U. Timothy Hutton had no charisma and farmed out the killing to insurers.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/02/09 at 12:30 PM

Categories: Politics

Barack Mahmoud Hitler

The new one-minute ad from Our Country Deserves Better PAC (mouthful!) compares Obama to Ahmadinejad and Hitler and still finds time to shiv ACORN (BLACKS WITH CLIPBOARDS!). It’s like the Tang crystals version of the Glenn Beck show. It puts the “dense” back in “condensed”:

[hat tip StrangeAppar8us]

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/02/09 at 05:56 AM

Quote of the Day: Thers

It’s early, but we have a winner. From Whiskey Fire:

Congratulations are in order for Jonah Goldberg, who has discovered a way to be oppressed by a thesaurus.

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/02/09 at 05:51 AM

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

There goes Bernie Sanders…

...making sense again:

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/01/09 at 11:27 PM

Categories: NewsPoliticsTelevisionYouTubidity

I see Rahm Emanuel’s been living up to his nickname “Captain Buttinski J. Cynicalmachinepoliticsguy”


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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/01/09 at 11:09 PM

Categories: PoliticsBedwetters

There exists a small chance that the use of the word “worst” was, in this instance, tongue-in-cheek

One of the most annoying things about being an atheist is the way believers accuse you of that which they themselves are guilty of. Adherence to dogma! Unwillingness to brook dissent! No sense of humor! Martyr complex! Sorry, faith-havers, you’re engaging in a little something we call projec…

I would not consider anyone who donates money to a good cause to qualify for the “worst person” list. As one YouTube commenter stated “Personally, I think the person who gave the generous amount of 10,000 should be appreciated for their generosity. . .”

Hey, do you mind? I’m trying to…

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/01/09 at 07:58 PM

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Mid-Week Tidbits

A few interesting things to report on, some funny, one, well, we’ll start with that and you can judge for yourselves.

Former CIA person and current crazy person Michael Scheuer, speaking to another crazy person, Glenn Beck, actually expressed his wish to see Obama bin Laden detonate a major weapon in the U.S. JUST TO SHOW EVERYONE!!!

Listen for yourself:

Kind of takes your breath away a little.

via Crooks and Liars.

So, after that, I’m ready for something funny. 

The long article in Vanity Fair (titled “It Came from Wasilla” /snark) about Sarah Palin and the presidential campaign and all the infighting and name calling by staffers about her has sparked some great contemperaneous name callling and fighting, especially between Bill Kristol and Steve Schmidt.  Here’s an example:

Asked about the accusation, Schmidt fired back in an e-mail: “I’m sure John McCain would be president today if only Bill Kristol had been in charge of the campaign.”

“After all, his management of [former Vice President] Dan Quayle’s public image as his chief of staff is still something that takes your breath away,” Schmidt continued. “His attack on me is categorically false.”

Make some popcorn, settle back and read the whole thing at Politico.

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Posted by marindenver on 07/01/09 at 05:29 PM

Go Bernie Go

My favorite senator is doing what he does best ... making sense:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), called on the White House and Democratic leadership in Congress to ensure that party members agree unanimously to support cloture on legislation that would revamp the nation’s health care system. Democratic senators on the fence, he added, could still oppose the bill. But at the very least they should be required to let the legislation come to an up-or-down vote.

“I think that with Al Franken coming on board, you have effectively 60 Democrats in the caucus, 58 and two Independents,” Sanders said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “I think the strategy should be to say, it doesn’t take 60 votes to pass a piece of legislation. It takes 60 votes to stop a filibuster. I think the strategy should be that every Democrat, no matter whether or not they ultimately end up voting for the final bill, is to say we are going to vote together to stop a Republican filibuster. And if somebody who votes for that ends up saying, ‘I’m not gonna vote for this bill, it’s too radical, blah, blah, blah, that’s fine.’”

“I think the idea of going to conservative Republicans, who are essentially representing the insurance companies and the drug companies, and watering down this bill substantially, rather than demanding we get 60 votes to stop the filibuster, I think that is a very wrong political strategy,” Sanders added.

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Posted by Kevin K. on 07/01/09 at 04:49 PM

Categories: NewsPolitics

Putting the Care in Health Care



President Barack Obama hugs [cancer patient] Debby Smith, 53, from Appalachia, Va., after she asks him about her health care during a town hall meeting at the Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., Wednesday, July 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/01/09 at 01:58 PM

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Dishonest hackery

Did you hear ATF agents are going house to house confiscating guns? No? That’s because it’s not happening. But you might think so if you get your news from the dishonest hack who “rules the world” of your stupid media:


If you click the link attached to that screaming headline, you’ll find a Houston Chronicle article about a specific program tracking down the US origins of guns used in Mexican drug cartel murders. But somehow I doubt deranged, paranoid gun-hoarders bother to click the links.

Jesus H. Christ. No wonder our media establishment sucks big green gators. This is nothing new, of course, but every now and then it makes me want to pour a half gallon of cheap vodka into a roasting pan with 12 packets of blueberry jello mix and put myself in a coma by doing the world’s biggest jello shot.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 07/01/09 at 11:25 AM

Categories: NewsPoliticsBedwettersNuttersOur Stupid Media

Billie Jean is Not My Butter

I, obviously, got nuthin’.  You?

Posted by Kevin K. on 07/01/09 at 10:21 AM

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