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In healthcare, politics on November 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm

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Stewart Lampoons Senates Democrats; The Traitor Lieberman

In healthcare, lol, politics on October 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm
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In healthcare, politics, POTUS on October 28, 2009 at 9:57 pm

In America, Rape Victims Can’t Get Health Insurance

In healthcare, injustice on October 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Wow, and I thought they fucked me.

In 2002, Chris Turner, a health insurance agent from Tampa, Florida, was drugged and raped during a business trip. When she conferred with a doctor after her assault, Turner was prescribed preventative anti-HIV drugs, and she later entered counseling to help deal with the residual psychological effects of her rape.

A few months later, when Turner was forced to buy new insurance on the individual market, she suspected, based on her knowledge of the approval process, that she may no longer qualify for coverage. She called a series of insurance underwriters and asked them about a hypothetical client who had been raped, and every insurer she called had the same response: “Nope, we won’t take her.” Turner’s treatment for her rape, it turns out, constituted a pre-existing condition that the companies said would disqualify her from coverage.

Full Story Via Huffington Post

Roller Girl Puts Her Weight Behind the Public Option

In healthcare on October 21, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Almost there.

Don’t Forget, Jesus Was a Republican

In atheism, healthcare, lol, politics on October 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm

We have needed health reform for 2000 years.

Bachmann Warns of Abortion Field Trips

In healthcare, kooks, politics, republicans, stupid people on October 1, 2009 at 7:24 pm

MN-Rep. Continues to Say Anything to Preserve the Status Quo

GOP Senator Falls Asleep During Health Care Negotiations

In healthcare, politics, republicans, stupid people on September 23, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Shows Contempt for Efforts to Craft a Bi-partisan Bill

Via The Washington Post

After regurgitating the cliché talking points that dominated the first half of the health care debate, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) promptly fell asleep. His disinterest in reform is indicative of the republican opposition, which is only fighting to preserve the status quo.

Also, what would happen if you fell asleep on the job? I would get fired. This idiot clearly has forgotten what it is like to be in mainstream America. He displayed a complete lack of respect for the office he holds.

The Senate Finance Committee was barely an hour into its consideration of health-care reform on Tuesday morning, but Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) already knew where he stood.

“I do not support a government takeover of the health-care system,” he railed. The proposal “confiscates more money from the taxpayers,” he went on. “It tramples on American freedom and liberties.”

After this vigorous display of open-mindedness, Bunning was spent. About an hour later, spectators noticed that the senator, who had been resting his chin in his hand, had fallen fast asleep. As giggles rippled through the chamber, an aide shook Bunning, who woke with a start.

Bunning’s nap was a fitting comment on how he and his Republican colleagues had received the efforts of the committee’s chairman, Max Baucus (D-Mont.), to craft a bipartisan compromise on the mammoth legislation. Baucus made major concessions to Republicans: He dropped the “public option” for a government-run health plan; he tossed aside the mandate that employers provide health coverage; he cut the bill’s cost and made sure it was all funded by revenue from within the health-care system; he stipulated that government funds would not go for abortion or to illegal immigrants; and he included efforts to curtail medical malpractice awards.

And what does Baucus have to show for his concessions? One by one Tuesday, Republicans delivered the same thanks-but-no-thanks message.

The Demise of the Public Option has been Greatly Exaggerated

In healthcare, politics on September 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm

The Progressives Picked up the Fight, and it is Paying off


Via ActBlue

Via Think Progress

“I absolutely do not believe that it’s dead,” Obama told Univision. “I think that it’s something that we can still include as part of a comprehensive reform effort.”

Keep writing, facebooking, tweeting and calling. Lets keep the pressure up. The public option is gaining momentum. Here is the contact information for several key senators. Ask them to support a public option.

Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
DC Office: 202-224-5344
Facebook Email

Susan Collins (R-ME)
DC Office: (202) 224-2523
Twitter Facebook Email

Max Baucus (D-MT)
DC Office: 201-224-2651
DC Fax: 201.224.6020
Facebook Email

Kent Conrad (D-ND)
DC Office: 202-224-2043
DC Fax: 202-224-7776
Email

Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
DC Office: 202-224-5521
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Evan Bayh (D-IN)
DC Office: 202-224-5623
Facebook Email

"The Age of Empathy"

In cool, healthcare, politics, Science on September 22, 2009 at 6:04 pm

The NPR’s Diane Rhem, of The Diane Rhem Show, had a great guest on today. Frans de Waal who authored “The Age of Empathy”. It is about the empathy that animals show each other, and the return of human compassion. It is very interesting in the context of the health care debate.

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