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Margaret Flowers and Carol Paris

February 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

In spite of the fact that there is much evidence to suggest that it is favored by a majority of Americans, enhanced Medicare for All, Single Payer has been shut out of the mainstream legislative process by Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Max Baucus, Congressional Leaders and a coalition of “Liberal”/”Progressive” organizations and media who either [...]

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J’accuse

January 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off

In an earlier post evaluating the House Health Care Reform Bill, I raised the question of the morality of voting for the bill, and argued that voting for it was an immoral act. Now that the Senate bill has been passed and includes many of the same features of the House bill including a “band-aid” [...]

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What Might Have Been; What Still Might Be

November 22nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

Many progressives, even though they’ve been working for a PO-based health care reform bill, have 1) never given up Medicare for All as the goal of their activity, and 2) decided, in the first quarter of 2009, that Medicare for All could not pass the new Congress. They then reacted to their realization by concluding [...]

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Tags: Complexity · Epistemology/Ontology/Value Theory · Knowledge Management · Politics

“Bait-and-Switch” in the Polls

October 21st, 2009 · Comments Off

A few months ago, Kip Sullivan wrote a terrific piece in which he called out the leaders of the public option community for not informing the public that the public option provisions appearing in the HR 3200 and Senate HELP bills were vastly different from Jacob Hacker’s public option proposal that PO leadership had been [...]

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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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Deficit Neutrality and Bull Shit

October 15th, 2009 · Comments Off

ralphbon asks: ”In the days and weeks following 9/11 did any legislator insist that we bring the perpetrators of that slaughter to justice, but only if we do it in a deficit-neutral fashion?” I thought this was a great question and merited creating lots of variations and also some statements about “deficit neutrality.” So, here [...]

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The Mad As Hell Doctors in DC

October 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off

The Mad As Hell Doctors arrived in DC Wednesday and held a program in Lafayette Park, just across the way from the White House, calling for the passage of a single-payer, Medicare for All plan by the Congress. The event started off auspiciously, when my wife, Bonnie, and I “met up” with follow Firedog Lake/Seminal [...]

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Never Say Never About Medicare for All

August 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off

Yesterday CNN broadcast a panel discussion moderated by Anderson Cooper called “Extreme Challenges” featuring one of Washington’s most bi-partisan icons, David Gergen, among others. There were many things during the discussion that didn’t compute from where I sit. One of them was the reporting and commentary on some recent CNN poll results. Another was a [...]

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Move-on Needs to Move-on

August 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

For the past few days, I’ve been trying, by e-mail, to get the participants in the Northern Virginia Move-on Council to take my advice about the best way to get a good, strong, public option. Namely, to abandon the public option advocacy in favor of all-out support for “Medicare for All,” and specifically for HR [...]

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Medicare For All In Town Halls: No More “Yes, But . . .”

August 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

For some time now, I’ve been hearing what Kip Sullivan calls the “yes, but” position on health care reform. That position says roughly that yes, Medicare for All, is the best available solution for the problems besetting our health insurance system; but, unfortunately, Medicare for All is not “on the table” right now, so we [...]

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