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You have done what bloggers have been trying to do for 5 years.
Starting with the 2006 elections, we have been trying to get the argument out from our little echo chamber and into the actual lives of daily Americans to prove that the problems lie not with Democrats or the Republicans. The problem is the 1%.

Where we tried; you have succeeded.

66 percent of Americans said the nation’s wealth should be more evenly distributed.

Even a majority of people who describe themselves as Republicans believe taxes should be increased on the rich.

69 percent of respondents said Republican policies favor the rich (28 percent said the same of Obama’s policies). (Probably both are right.)

Thank you.

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There are two choices before us:

One, we tax the top 1% and live the quality of life we deserve…..

Two, we continue the tax cuts, allowing the top 1% to not pay their fair share in taxes, and continue the quality of life we’ve suffered since 2001..

Simple microcosmic view: find a pothole in today’s state road system… You can’t, it’s covered up with stimulus funded new pavement… Nice, crisp, sharply painted blacktop, as far as the eye can see….

Compare that to the Bush Era… Potholes galore and getting them fixed was like pulling teeth…

Now pull back and look at your entire lifestyle with all it’s moving parts…. first see one where everything outside your control is operating smoothly like clockwork ( a Visa commercial comes to mind), and the other where it is all cacophonous and catastrophic…..

So, in which type of lifestyle do you prefer to live?

Decide and vote.

An economic argument was made during the 19th Century that continued the practice of slavery until it was eventually settled by war. There were good arguments that said slavery needed to continue to maintain the economic health of this new nation…

Those who voted to continue that practice… were on the wrong side of history.

Likewise, during your very lifetime, arguments were made not to enfranchise descendants of slaves with laws protecting their Constitutional rights… Economic arguments again were made that helping the bottom tier of our population would bankrupt this nation, and cause required governmental intervention in schools and other institutions to enforce the Civil Rights Act… Those who opposed the Civil Rights Act, ….. were on the wrong side of history.

During your tenure in Congress, a funding bill was brought to Congress under the Clinton Administration that increased the rates of taxes… It passed the Senate by the one vote of the Vice President… As a result, our nation saw it budget balanced for the first time in anyone’s lifetime. The greatest economic boom in our lifetimes occurred as as result of that bill.

Those who opposed it, were on the wrong side of history…

Your own party, voted to do away with that tax increase, and move this nation to deficit spending once again. It was passed by the one vote of the Vice President, and subsequent economic decline, destroyed our nation… All those savings from no taxes, were wiped out by deregulated hedge funds. Today WE are all worse off.

Those who supported the Bush tax cuts, were on the wrong side of history….

Mike Castle, you are up for a tight election.

No insurance companies will vote for you; only real human beings, all who are subject to health insurance are allowed to cast a vote. A no vote against this bill, as you can plainly see from outside the beltway, does nothing to outlaw pre-existing conditions, does nothing to prevent the dropping of patients who become too expensive, does nothing to limit the changing of rates and reimbursements with no warning.

You are in a tight spot..Mike Castle. You have to choose between today and tomorrow. The question of how you vote, will determine how you will be remembered, by your family, your friends, you acquaintances.

Your vote today may make you tomorrow’s Judas? (That is actually a fitting metaphor.) Do you wish to be seen as a temporary hero, held up by the corporate insurance establishment for doing the “right” thing, then lambasted for as long as your name has life? Or will you choose to pierce through a brief spat of negativity from people who don’t matter much, and have thy name inspire millions for years to come…

What side of history, Mike Castle, will you choose to be on?

Judas actions were predetermined. Your’s do not have to be… You are treading the same line as he. Everything you have done up to this point, will be eclipsed by how you vote today.

Do you take the buzzer shot? …… Or pass?

Catholic hospitals Saturday rallied behind President Barack Obama’s health care bill ahead of a House vote in which anti-abortion lawmakers could play a decisive role.

The chief executive of the Catholic Health Association, Carol Keehan, wrote on the group’s Web site that although the legislation isn’t perfect, it represents a “major first step” toward covering all Americans and would make “great improvements” for millions of people.

And the freaks are scared…

I was shocked when it was brought to my attention, really. This is a rather eventful pivot point.

The Catholic Church, through this venue, has decided that more good, will come about from President Obama’s Healthcare Reform, than harm.. The Catholic Church. has come out in favor of Obama’s Healthcare Reform Plan…

Why?

Because it helps people. It helps people get well. It helps people stay well. It helps drop costs down so more people can be treated…

The compassion and hope that this bill provides is so great, that the Catholic Church is willing to look the other way on the abortion planks… That shows you just how good this bill is seen to be by the Catholic Church… Who in their lifetimes would think the Catholic Church would look the other way on abortion? But Obama’s healthcare reform bill is so good, so helpful, such a wonderful piece of legislation, that the Catholic Church simply cannot dismiss it.. In fact, the Catholic Church wants this bill to go through so badly, that it supports it, despite some qualms over abortion planks that may or may not be added…. Who would have ever thought they’d see the day!

If it is good for the Catholic Church, by default, it must be good for all Americans…. (You don’t have to sell me)… Since looking at facts, I’ve been saying that for little over a year now… But some people need selling, and now, this group of Catholic hospitals, has decided that better health care for all Americans, is indeed a worthy cause to get behind…

The current legislation would allow private insurance plans operating in a new insurance marketplace to cover abortions, provided they do not use taxpayer funds. What makes that tricky is that many of the plans’ customers would be receiving federal subsidies to help pay their premiums. So the legislation requires plans offering abortion coverage to collect a separate premium from their policyholders. Those separate checks would have to be kept in a different account from money for other health care services.

The radicals of the Right to Life movement, differ with the mainstream element of their church. Douglas Johnson, legislative director for National Right to Life, poo-poo’d the segregation of funds called for in the Senate bill as a bookkeeping trick. His group has bluffed it will count any vote for the House bill as support for taxpayer-funded abortion. “No Catholic hospital executive has ever turned out hundreds of volunteers to man the phone banks or walk the precincts for an endangered congressman or his challenger,” Johnson shrieked in response to the hospital group’s announcement.

I am grateful the Catholic Church is supporting Obama’s version of Healthcare Reform.

Now, if we can only get them to excommunicate all those Republicans who won’t support it….

After all, anyone who opposes legislation that represents a “major first step” toward covering all Americans and would make “great improvements” for millions of people, deserves to go to hell.

As of this writing there is still 20 minutes to go.

My take.

It was good the Republicans insisted on having this. They were shown up to be well meaning citizens concerned with the future of health care profits. There is no denying it anymore… The tapes are in.

It was good that Obama chose to be the moderator. He definitely is the best president of this century. I could not help but think of George Washington moderating between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Today we saw a real leader in action… Not someone who happened to grab a megaphone during a time of sorrow. Most impressive was his grasp of the issue. He responded to Republican posturing with facts against which they could not argue back.

The Democrats have really tried to be bipartisan and that has produce a good bill. This bill is necessary to help seniors, to help small businesses, to help every American making less than 100,000 a year, to help America compete with cheaper government run health care systems utilized by our prime competitors. It helps everyone but insurance executives… That is fair in my book because they voted for the losing side..

Defining moment: When one Republican congressman was arguing for switching to health cost withholding plans, Obama retorted if it was indeed so good, why ddidn’t he give up the Federal Employee coverage he had now and go for it… The Congressperson’s face became crimson…. If it wasn’t good enough for him at $174,000 a year, how would it be good enough for someone making $40,000?

Most disgusting moment. CNN’s coverage diverted away as soon as Stenny Hoyer began speaking to discuss around their high priced round table, just how strong Lamar Alexander had come out fighting… So obviously a set up… I switched to CSpan. Never again CNN…..

First the history lesson.

When Republicans controlled the House, Senate and White House in 2003, they overcame Democratic opposition to add a deficit-financed prescription drug benefit to Medicare. The program will cost a half-trillion dollars over 10 years, or more by some estimates.

With no new taxes or spending offsets accompanying the Medicare drug program, the cost has been added to the federal debt.

24 Republicans who voted “for” blowing our deficit out of the water in 2003, , today voted no against the current version of Health Care Reform that actually lowers the deficit over the same time frame.

Six years ago, “it was standard practice not to pay for things,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Why? Because the Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress and the Executive Branch.

In short, what Orrin Hatch just admitted in his unthinking old age moment, was that republicans spend with no concern of where the money comes from.

Democrats are the other hand are very concerned where the money comes from… The current health care bill rolled over today’s Republican hypocrisy by reducing the total deficit. Not since the Democratic president Bill Clinton have we had a year where we reduced the Federal deficit. Democrats are more worried about spending your money, than are Republicans…

America cannot afford Republicans: no matter how much of a nice guy they are… It’s like dating Britney Spears only to find she overspends all your money lavishly, then takes out loans on your house, and spends that too… Hopefully the sex was worth it.

When it comes to spending frugally, Democrats rule… Republicans drool……

This is kind of embarrassing for me.. I even quoted this quote in another story and completely missed the irony of Mitch McConnell’s remarks.. Yeah, I’ll admit. I missed this.

Republicans get away with issuing the following two press releases within a single 24 hour span:

Sunday: “Cutting Medicare is not what Americans want.”

Monday: “Expanding Medicare a plan for financial ruin.”

Unfortunately we are so used to hearing slogans entering in one ear and exiting out the other that we fail at first to pick up these are exact contradicktites 🙂  of each other…

But this is a dynamic that’s most prevalent when the Republicans discuss Medicare. It really flummoxes them. After all, they despise socialized medicine. They despise single-payer health insurance. They despise government-run health care. They voted against the formation of Medicare during the high water mark of LBJ’s Great Society. They ultimately would love to privatize (or drown in a bathtub) the whole thing and be done with it.

Yet at the same time, 55 Republican members of Congress are on Medicare. Congressman Weiner wrote up a list that includes Mitch McConnell. I could be wrong, but I also think proxy-Republican and anti-government-run-insurance drama queen Joe Lieberman, at 67 years old, receives Medicare.

And they will stand up and say they are against government involvement in the health of individual Americans… while being on the dole themselves…

What they are absolutely clear about, is that they are unequivocally against giving average Americans even a tiniest break, that of the public option, when it comes to health care…….

We know that Senator Carper is not supportive of the public option….

I don’t know if he knows this or not.. but here is what our health care plan does without a public option attached.

The Reform plan forces insurance companies to cover everyone. That means a lot more money coming into their coffers… It also means more people asking for some type of re compensation… Currently those not receiving insurance because of their high risk factor do not play into insurance companies profits. If this legislation passes, they will…

That means insurance companies will have to deny coverage more often.. “sorry, I know you need this operation to live, but we just can’t afford to cover it right now…”

So you will have insurance. You will be allowed a preexisting condition. You will pay your premiums on time. and when you need it… you will be denied coverage…. It is the conservative’s death panels in boardroom suits….

There is no clause in either the Senate or House version of the bill that prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to protect their profits… And under our current system of private companies competing in the market place… there really is no legitimate way to say: you must cover everything….

In 2007 Cigna killed a girl because it refused to pay for a liver transplant. CIGNA noted that it had no financial stake in the decision to authorize the transplant because it merely administers the insurance plan of the parent’s employer and that plan would not bear the cost of such an operation.

Every American who is insured by his employer, is subject to the same treatment… If your employer opted out for certain procedures, then you have no coverage. And you have no way of finding out until you need medical attention..

There are not enough votes to close this loop hole that allows insurers to dodge paying for medical coverage, if and when it might impact their profits for that quarter… They can deny coverage, post a higher return, collect their bonus, and blame it on the employer who bought the plan to cover his employees…

To close the loophole there needs to be language that states an insurance provider cannot deny a medical claim for any reason. Such blatant language is simply in neither plan.

But, there is something better. Insurers who have to compete against the public option, will lose income if they refuse coverage, whereas the public entity covers it… Since someone else out there is providing that benefit, to keep any customers at all, private insures will feel economic pressure to copy that best practice.

Without the public option, people will be left to die.. If we expand the roles of insurance companies to cover absolutely everyone, then even more and more will be left to die… We mandate coverage; but do not protect those mandated.

So, mandates without a public option, and with no protections against denial of treatment, will be doubly cruel. Because people will be forced to buy into a program that won’t give them the health care they need. Such a system effectively would be telling them that their lives don’t matter, but their money does.

Health Care Reform, is not reform without the public option. Period.

Blast his ass….

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Across the globe three trends can be seen as working….There are three requirements needed to fix Health Care….

Requirement 1

insurance must be bought by everybody; insurance cannot be allowed to make a profit on basic care.

Requirement 2

everybody is required to  buy insurance; the government subsidizes the premiums for the poor.

Requirement 3

All doctors and hospitals must agree and then use a standard set of fixed prices….

Sen. Mikulski; MD.

Granting universal healthcare will prevent deaths.  Anyone who says they are pro life and are against the health care reform package on the Senate Floor today, are both a hypocrite and not too bright.

It is the definition of the English Language that makes that judgment…

You cannot be called Pro Life, and still be against healthcare, without being properly called a hypocrite… It is just how the English language is written and defined.