October 1, 2009

Tales from the FOXholes Part 7


Senate Panel Rejects Gov’t-Run Insurance Option
– David Espo, AP, Sept. 29, 2009.

Bad News for Public Option?
– Nate Silver,, Sept. 29, 2009.

Prospects for Public Option Dim in Senate
– Shailagh Murray & Lori Montgomery, Washington Post, Sept. 30, 2009.

September 11, 2009

Rep. Joe Wilson’s War


CORRECTION UPDATE: According to Open, Rep. Joe Wilson’s second-highest campaign contributor during his eight years in Congress is the financial, real estate and insurance sector at $455,129; corporate for-profit health care is third at $414,246. ‘Misc Business’ is number one at $481,252.

September 10, 2009

The Tattlesnake – Obama Saves the Democrats (and Himself) Edition

In his speech to a joint session of Congress last night, did President Obama ‘hit it out of the park’ to use a dog-eared Big Media cliché? For the most part, he did. It was especially refreshing to hear someone in Washington say the word ‘lie’ as Obama did when he called out the Republicans for pushing their ‘Death Panel’ buncombe, and there were a few other ‘right on’ air pumping moments as well. He also clearly outlined what he wants in a health care bill, including a public option, a good first step to universal single-payer coverage, which is what we really need. As Keith Olbermann said on MSNBC post-speech, the most important thing was what Obama didn’t say – if Congress passes his plan, for-profit health insurers will finally be accountable to the elected government of We the People. Last night, President Obama came to work and earned his pay – now it’s time for the Democrats in Congress to do the same.

“I will not back down…we will provide you with a choice.”
– President Barack Obama in his speech to Congress on health care reform September 9, 2009, endorsing a public option.

“It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don’t. And it will lower the cost of health care for our families, our businesses, and our government.”
– President Barack Obama in his speech to Congress on health care reform September 9, 2009, speaking about his health care plan.

BTW, I think you’re going to see a quick uptick in Obama’s approval ratings – America saw a real adult president in action last night, quite a change (you can believe in) after eight years of the Bumbling Bush Boy.

© 2009 R.S. Janes.

August 11, 2009

Palin’s Wingnuttiest Notion: Health Care Death Panels


Beck Agrees with Palin’s ‘Death Panel’ Claim: ‘I Believe it to be True’
Amanda Terkel, Think Progress, Aug. 10, 2009

Death Panels Without the Panels
Robert Wright, The Atlantic, Aug. 10, 2009

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