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Sick Leave August 23, 2009

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onholdI am sick.  Sick and tired of the craziness of this August health care ‘debate.’  I have not been posting very much because my head is exploding. The crazies have been let loose and are being given microphones, strap on guns (Frank Rich addresses the gun issue today.) and are seen on youtube clips that echo endlessly.  It was only one year ago that these same people were screaming at Repugnant rallies that Obama was pal’ing around with terrorists and that he was a Muslim.  What is it about August?  We won a HUGE majority in November.  We took the House, Senate and White House.  Why is Obama trying to appease the Repugnants when they have absolutely no intention of voting for any bill to ‘reform’ health care. They did not want the Civil Rights Bill to pass, they did not want the Voting Rights Bills to pass, they did not want Affirmative Action to pass. I could continue with the list, but you get the point. They are the party of ‘NO.’

Obama’s big mistake was to allow these Congressional whores to come up with health care on their own. What was he thinking?  I still believe that the Democrats will pass health care reform WITH a public option and if they do not do that – I say shame, shame shame.

–  The New York Times’ lead editorial addresses ‘the uninsured‘.

–  Rachel Maddow talks about the Gang of Six.  They are the six senators who have crowned themselves the ones to create ‘the’ bill on Health Care.  These three Democratic senators in the gang are from Montana, New Mexico, and North Dakota – states that together account for just over 1 percent of Americans. The three Republicans are from Maine, Wyoming, and Iowa, which together account for 1.6 percent of the American population. The Democrats are Max Baucus of Montana, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Kent Conrad of North Dakota and the three Republicans are Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

–  If you missed Jon Stewart‘s terrific pummeling of the crazy Betsy McCaughey you can check the whole segment out on this link. You go Jon – you deserve your three week vacation. The very next day after this segment was aired the following was released: CANTEL MEDICAL CORP. (NYSE: CMN – News) announced that on August 20, 2009 it received a letter of resignation from Ms. Elizabeth McCaughey as a director of the Company. Ms. McCaughey, who had served as a director since 2005, stated that she was resigning to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest during the national debate over healthcare reform.

– FYI: On Betsy McCaughey’s past: For those of you who did not experience Betsy’s bizarre career in New York politics in the 90’s, a bit of background. Betsy was picked out of thin air as Pataki’s running mate in 1996. Following their election, she took umbrage that her “policy papers” were not being taken seriously by the Pataki administration, famously stood during Pataki’s entire State of the State address, announced that her phones were being checked for “bugs,” and was subsequently shunned by the entire state Republican establishment.

In 1998 Pataki dumped Betsy from the ticket. She then ran for governor against him on the Liberal Party line after losing the Democratic Party nomination, a campaign financed almost entirely by her then-husband, Wilbur Ross, a billionaire steel magnate who pledged over $2M to her campaign, before he came to his senses and withdrew his funds, leaving her stranded. The day after Betsy inevitably lost the election, Ross filed for divorce, a divorce which made them a test case in the validity of post-nuptial agreements. Ross was rumored to have been forced to sell off his art collection in order to pay for the divorce settlement. He has since remarried.

–  For those of you that still have no idea what this ‘reform’ is all about, demconwatchblog.com has come up with some easy questions and answers called ‘Fighting the Lies’. Knowledge is power, and while this is now a message war, knowing the truth is still worthwhile.
Basic health insurance costs, with dollar amounts
What is the public option?
What is a co-op?
What is single payer?
Better hospital outcomes, ranking hospitals
Most recent IIE plan
What are individual mandates?
What are employer mandates?
Basic coverage offered in HB 3200
How insurance companies drive up the cost of health care
The right’s health care frame
Obama’s 8 guarantees
Bundling health services

–  In the always leave ’em smiling mode here are some photos I took at the Bronx Zoo last Sunday.

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1. bumper sticker - August 23, 2009

There will be a rally in support of Health Care Reform at Times Square on Sat. Aug 29 at 2PM. If people can make it — that would be great. Those of us in support of Health Care Reform need to raise our voices so the politicians are aware that there are really more people in support of this reform than against it.

Also, I think the Democrats are addressing the Republican lies on the wrong level. The Republican message is focused on “government is bad, unfettered big business is good”. Their anti health care message gets traction because things like “death panels” are consistent with the “government is bad” message. (Think mythical, or biblical, allegory).

I believe this needs to be addressed not only by refuting the details of the lies coming from the Right, but also by attacking the lie in the underlying message. It’s difficult to understand why, after the collapse of the real estate industry and the near collapse of the worldwide financial business, we still need to remind people that “unfettered big business” is not always good and sometimes the government needs to step in to literally save people from disaster.

So, I think there needs to be a strong focus on why we need Health Care Reform and how the business based health care industry is failing more and more Americans. There’s an organization called Remote Area Medical, originally formed to provide health care to third world countries, that is now providing services to rural and urban areas in the US. 60 Minutes did a segment on them about 1 year ago. It’s definitely worth watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9JmEHsCv4c. It presents a devastating view of how the health care industry is failing us. Now, here’s the part that’s blowing my mind — there was just another one of the RAM week long free health care fairs in LA from Aug 11 -18. Thousands of uninsured and under-insured families got the opportunity to receive badly needed health screening and health care. Did you read about it in the papers or see it in the news? No. Instead you saw the Right wingers with their lies about “death panels” and toting assault rifles — you saw the “government is bad” message people, not the “big business is failing us for health care reform” message.

Sorry for the long comment but, please, view the 60 Minutes video, pass it around to your friends, attend the rally next Sat if you can, and get out the message that big business is failing us for Health Care. We need reform, we need a public health insurance option. Our health should not become fodder to corporate greed, the same way that our home values and stock portfolios have become.


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