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How to bite the hand that feeds you

John Mackey is a right wing libertarian and I'm betting that Whole Foods shoppers are liberals who would like to see real health care reforms instead of more "free" market Wall Street HMOs.

I don't really care what his politics are when I shop at his store but he will be learning something new about "other people's money" since he felt like sharing so publicly.

Progressives are the true conservatives.

This postcard that came in the mail today

Paid for by the Pharmcuetical Reserch and Manufacturers of America

...asking me to "Call Senator Kay Hagan today /snip/ tell her thanks for supporting the bipartisan Enzi/Hagan/Hatch amendment which protects the promise of biomedical research and the hopes of patients everywhere"

with Hagan's picture in the bottom right hand corner below 5 industry logos.

What does it mean? What is it's point?

Progressives are the true conservatives.

Hagan, Hatch and Enzi cosponsored/sponsored an amendment

to the healthcare bill that came out of the HELP committee to do the following (from her press release a couple/few weeks ago):

Working with Senators Mike Enzi and Orrin Hatch, Sen. Hagan also cosponsored an amendment that will create a regulatory pathway for generic biologic drugs, lowering costs for consumers, while providing sufficient intellectual property protections to encourage companies to continue to invest in innovative therapies to treat diseases such as diabetes.

I haven't read the bill. I don't have a clue other than the above. I'm sorry. Wish I knew more.



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Whole Foods Twitter Petition

I've started a Twitter petition. To participate, be signed into Twitter and, either go to the petition site: http://act.ly/el and Tweet from there or Re-Tweet the following message:

petition @WholeFoods to Support a public health care option for uninsured Americans http://act.ly/el RT to sign #actly

The text of the petition currently reads:

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc., wrote an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Joural critical of the health care reforms proposed by Congress and President Obama. WSJ

Mackey claims that Whole Foods pays 100% of the premiums for all Whole Foods team members who work 30 hours or more per week. He neglects to mention that team members must work 800 hours (about 20 weeks or 5 months) before being eligible for the 100% benefit.

We call on Whole Foods Market Inc. to support the health care reforms proposed by Congress and President Obama, including a public option and, with consumer protections outlined in President Obama’s Health Care Reality Check

Support a public health care option for uninsured Americans.

I'm Glad...

...we don't have one of those stores in our neck of the woods.

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Follow Young Candidates on Twitter

As a follow-up to this post, I've posted the Twitter names of many of NC's young candidates. Support these new leaders and follow them on twitter:

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And please

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I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

From an email ...

49 of the 50 most developed countries on Earth have some form of nationalized health care. We don't. We pay the most per capita already. Why are we asking if nationalized healthcare can control costs? Shouldn't we be asking why our current system doesn't?