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Progress on The Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In and Counter-Conference

April 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

A little more than a week ago, I proposed a Fiscal Sustainability Teach-In and Counter-Conference to be held in Washington, DC as a response to the First Meeting of the Administration’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, sardonically called by some the “steal our retirements commission,” on April 27th. The Counter-conference would also be [...]

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A Fiscal Sustainability “Teach-in” Counter-Conference?

April 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

On April 28, 2010, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation is sponsoring a “Fiscal Summit” in Washington, DC. The purpose of the Conference, which is scheduled for the day after the first meeting of the President’s recently constituted National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (btw, where the Conference is happening is a mystery not cleared [...]

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What Have They Got To Run On?

March 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

It looks like the Democratic Leadership will get its wish, a sprawling “health care reform” bill, mostly focused on changes to the health insurance system that deliver many millions of new customers to the health insurance industry. The Democrats are making many upbeat claims about this bill, calling it historic and claiming that it will [...]

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Powwow About the Filibuster

February 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

For some time now discussions have been going on in the blogosphere about the filibuster and whether or not to get rid of it. Nowhere have these discussions been more frequent or intense than at Firedog Lake, where you’ll find them here, here, here, here, and here. Over time, two positions on what to do [...]

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“Medicare for All” Folks at Firedog Lake: An Update

December 6th, 2009 · 5 Comments

This is an update on my previous diary trying to identify members of the Medicare for All sub-community at Firedog Lake. Again, I’m not sure how many bloggers and commenters are in it, but I think it includes at least:

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Pressuring Harry Reid For What?

October 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off

The intensity of debate on health insurance reform is building towards a climax as public and blogosphere pressure increases rapidly on the President and both Houses of Congress. In particular, Harry Reid is facing intense pressure, reportedly from the Administration, Nevada Democrats spurred on by blogosphere-generated telephone campaigns, progressive interest groups, and both progressive and [...]

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Make Democrats Take Responsibility For the 60 Vote Frame

October 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

A number of diaries at Firedog Lake today, frame the coming phase of the legislative process in terms of the need for 60 votes to get cloture and pass the PO. For example here’s a quote from one of today’s diaries by David Dayen: “Left out of this story is the fact that any amendment [...]

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Savings From Medicare for All? Firedogs, Please Help

September 26th, 2009 · 6 Comments

In the last couple of days, my thoughts have turned to the question of how much Medicare for All legislation could save compared to the present non-system of health insurance. One estimate of the savings we often see in articles on Medicare for All is $350-400 billion annually. This a substantial amount and over 10 [...]

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“Medicare for All” Folks at Firedog Lake

September 20th, 2009 · Comments Off

There’s a Medicare for All sub-community at Firedog Lake. I’m not sure how many bloggers and commenters are in it, but I think it includes at least:

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Marching on Washington for Medicare for All

August 24th, 2009 · Comments Off

In the past few weeks we’ve begun to see e-mails, face book groups, and other communications calling for a March on Washington to support health care reform. Yesterday, sTiVo at Firedog Lake called for one, and one facebook group is trying to get one going for September 13th. I also think that a March for [...]

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