Baby Joseph and the Canadian Death Panels

(I can't believe I'm going to start this post on such a serious and somber topic with a wildly inappropriate joke, but here goes):No, despite the fact that "Baby Joseph and the Canadian Death Panels" would be an epic band name, this is not, in fact, one of my infrequent posts on music. Instead, it's about how we in this country - and specifically, our country's media - deal with aspects of our...

One Of The Things That's Wrong With Our Democracy

  ...is that citizens don't take the time to educate themselves about what is going on in it. Here are the results of a just-released poll by the Kaiser Foundation. It looks like they set out to gauge Americans' attitudes toward the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (tagged by the GOP as "Obamacare"), as well as towards health care reform in general. And indeed, such results can be...

Congress Mandates Socialized Healthcare – in 1798

From Rick Ungar in (of all places) Forbes magazine, who actually went and did the research himself, comes the story of the founding fathers themselves (who, as Ungar observes, didn’t have to speculate much about what the intent of the founding fathers was, LOL) mandating that private sailors purchase health insurance to be used in (gasp!) government-owned/run hospitals and clinics:In July of...

Empty Words and Conundrums on Health Care

Regular readers of this blog may start to wonder - especially after this post - whether I'm in some way obsessed with conservative moderate David Frum. As much as I'd like to be able to tell you that no, I'm not...I worry it may be true. It may seem a bit strange to you, since Frum is far from the worst ranter on the right side of the American political aisle currently. In fact, if anything, it's...

Adult Conversations

Made you look. ;o) -- Not THOSE kind of "adult conversations." I'm talking about the kind of adult conversations the GOP both ran on last fall, and came into power in the House last week claiming they wanted to have. Here's Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) using the phrase referring to Medicare "reform" last November, just before the election. Here's newly-minted chair of the House Budget Committee and...

Tea and Bullshit

...on the Maryland shore. Steve Benen at the Washington Monthly reads a POLITICO scoop, then exquisitely lays out everything that is wrong with newly-minted GOTea representative (MD-01) Andy Harris's indignance that his government-run health care doesn't start NOW, instead of in February: It (sic) perfectly reasonable for Andy Harris, like all Americans, to want health care coverage. He's a...

Reid Reassures The Left Lieberman Is 'On Board'

So says The Hill. I don't know if I believe it:Sen. Joe Lieberman has reached a private understanding with Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will not block a final vote on healthcare reform, according to two sources briefed on the matter....but later (same article):Lieberman’s spokesman said Monday that nothing has changed from last week, when the senator said he would support calling up the...

Why Are We Surprised, Again?

Over at The Left Coaster, paradox gets upset about the seeming inevitability of the coming health care cave-in by Obama and Congressional Democrats to the industry forces and the still-deeply unpopular GOP. He describes himself, not without reason, as "politically hurt, profoundly ashamed, and fundamentally bewildered how the Democratic Party could go so stupidly wrong." And he makes the...