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Entries from July 2009

The Obama Message Machine Is Broken: Fix It With Medicare For All

July 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Chris Matthews asks: “What happened to the Obama message machine.” And Dee Dee Myers and Tony Blankley dutiful provide various off the mark answers about fear and insecurity. But, also, it’s clear to all three that Obama’s message on health care doesn’t have the same clarity as his message during the campaign, and they attribute [...]

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The Maladaptive Giant

July 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

At Huffington Post a few days ago, Michael Brenner, lamenting the current display of plutocracy in Congress, had this to say: ”We vaunt American democracy as a stellar model for the world. The bizarre spectacle now on display in Washington as the White House and the Congress tussle over health care “reform” is hardly an [...]

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How Things Work In the Real World?

July 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This post is a comment on an exchange with Jason Rosenbaum appearing as replies to ralphbon’s blog post entitled “Seniors Already Have A Public Option. Does It Keep Private Insurers Honest?” Here is the exchange: LetsGetItDone: “ralphbon, Thanks for a very good analysis. Jason, in view of Paul Krugman’s recent analysis of the health insurance [...]

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It’s Socialized Health Insurance, Not Socialized Medicine

July 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This will be a pretty short one. First, health care reform proposals that offer a “public option” alternative do not provide “socialized medicine.” That is, all medical care in such proposed systems would be provided by private sector Doctors, hospitals, and other other health care institutions. Government in such a plan doesn’t do any medicine. [...]

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An Open Letter to Jim Moran: It’s Personal

July 28th, 2009 · Comments Off

This one is an Open Letter to my Congressman, James Moran (D-VA). Dear Jim, I feel entitled to address you by your first name because you’ve been my Representative since 1991 and I’ve voted for you in every election since then. I think the issue of health care reform is where most Americans live. Those [...]

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Let’s Quit Kidding Ourselves, the Real Public Option’s Already Over

July 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Well, maybe not “over” as in “there will be no legislation passed in this session that contains the phrase “public option.” Perhaps there will still be legislation that has a provision with that label. But it will bear no resemblance to Jacob Hacker’s original design for a public option plan, and it won’t provide a [...]

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Disingenuousness and the Public Option

July 24th, 2009 · Comments Off

Last night, it occurred to me that the public option idea is a disingenuous approach to health care reform. Here’s the argument. Talking to other progressives, I’ve noticed that they all freely say that single payer will work better than a public option, and that it is the best alternative they know. And then they [...]

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If Our Neighbor Gets the Same Car for $6,000 Less Than We Do, How Can We Get That Same Deal?

July 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off

When President Obama posed the above question during his reply to the first question in his press conference tonight, I listened carefully during the rest of the press conference for his answer. I didn’t hear it. Or if I did, it didn’t come through clearly enough for me to understand it. I did hear something [...]

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President Obama: Do Town Halls in Canada and France and Send Hillary to Australia and New Zealand

July 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Health Insurance companies and other opponents of government-funded health care have been trying to overcome the statistical evidence of the superiority of public systems by spreading “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt” using horror stories and, of course, outright lies about the failures of health care in other nations having such systems. Those of us who [...]

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Obama’s Choice Is Not Faith In the Market vs. Cardigans

July 21st, 2009 · Comments Off

WaPo op eds are getting increasingly irritating with the passage of time. Yesterday, this formerly great American newspaper in free fall ran an article by Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie called “What’s Next Mr. President – Cardigans?”  Welch and Gillespie think that Obama’s less than stellar results thus far suggest that he may be reviewing [...]

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