public option

We all have to drink from that reservoir

Last week I watched the president sign into law the historic health care bill, and after shedding a tear for the pundits and talking heads for the loss of their beloved controversy, I paused to consider the sweltering political climate created by the vitriolic debate leading up to the signing of this bill. Politicians from the right side of the aisle have made it clear that they are very upset with the left's handling of health care reform, and with all of their grandstanding it's easy to forget that for nearly eight months they brazenly rejected any and all efforts by the current administration to bring them into the reform process. Listening to conservative objections to the health care bill, I can scarcely recognize the Republican party that I remember from my youth.

Why isn't Hagan backing a public option?

Maybe she has signed on to the public option, like 30 other Senators have, or maybe she is masquerading as Dick Durbin? All I know is this. If the US Senate pushes through health reform without a public option (forcing citizens to buy health insurance from private companies or else be fined), there will be some serious hell to pay.

Call Kay Hagan today. Insist that she commit to supporting a public plan through reconciliation.

The Bennet Letter: Change We Can Believe in?

Monday, Feb.22nd,2010 - The White House and President Obama's announced Healthcare bill proved my worse fears - that there was never any intention by Democratic Leadership or the President to support the Public Option.
And along the way, the base of the party was once again strung along with glimmer of hope in the form of the 'Bennet letter.'
Today's Healthcare Bill not only signals an end to the Public Option, but the Bennet letter can only be characterized as the worst form of manipulation of the democratic voters by the White House.

The Public Option: Protect, Pressure, Participate!

Pay-As-You-Go proposal for the public option

I live in Black Mountain where (semi-D) Heath Shuler is the congressman for this Congressional district. The ol' Quarterback (recipient of of 130k in health care industry donations)has stated his opposition to a Public Option because it "is not deficit neutral." That seems to be politico speak for giving himself a rationale for voting against health care reform.

It's a facile argument for someone who is more than willing to support whatever American militarism the previous administration proposed but, hey if that floats his navy is fine with me. So my modest proposal is to have Congress pass a war surtax on the profits of the suppliers from Lockheed-Martin to Haliburton to the bomb makers, the bullet makers, the Humvees, KBR ect, etc., etc., any corporation which makes a profit feeding the war machine. The US is now in the phase of imperialism where a country wages perpetually so lets let those war profits work for everyone.

The Truth Is Out There

More Americans believe in UFOs (34%) than oppose a public option (26%). The debate is over.

159 seconds of sanity on healthcare

Mr. Reich says it's time to raise hell. I'm in.

Why the public option matters

This post at Daily Kos captures my own view of the political world as well as any I've read lately. And it has special relevance in my view for Brad Miller and David Price.

Price and Miller are two bright Congressman I've supported for years. In fact I recently signed on to help sponsor a fundraiser for Miller here in Chapel Hill. Both are usually reliable votes on issues important to me, though each manages to equivocate a bit too much for my taste.

When it comes to the public option, will Price and Miller vote with progressives and hold the line against Sick Inc., or will they take our money and run to a half-assed compromise that mandates profits for Big Insurance without the safety valve of a government-managed plan?

I can't even begin to guess what'll happen, and that's pretty disturbing too.

Haywood County Dems Health Care Resolution

Tonight the Haywood County Democratic Party Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution supporting a public option for health insurance.

No public option, no mandates, no deal, no check-writing?

This sounds about right to me.

Do they think they have a chance of beating their next Republican opponents if progressive activists aren't enthusiastic about writing checks, making phone calls and going door to door?

This may not be true in North Carolina as a whole, but it's sure as heck true in my house.

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