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Reform or Pay the Piper October 8, 2009

Posted by judylobo in Photography, Politics, Videos.

argh7Last night Keith Olbermann devoted his entire show to the nightmare of our health care system. He was his usual dramatic (though very appropriate) self. His main theme covered the ongoing care of his elderly father and the fact that because his father has ample health care coverage and Keith is able to cover the expenses that are not covered –  they are very lucky.  But what about everyone else?  He proposes some interesting things as does Nicholas Kristof in today’s New York Times. Kristof’s simple proposal is ‘Let me offer a modest proposal: If Congress fails to pass comprehensive health reform this year, its members should surrender health insurance in proportion with the American population that is uninsured’. ‘The collapse of health reform would be a political and policy failure, but it would also be a profound moral failure. Periodically, there are political questions that are fundamentally moral, including slavery in the 19th century and civil rights battles in the 1950s and ’60s. In the same way, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to die each year because they are uninsured is not simply unwise and unfortunate. It is also wrong — a moral blot on a great nation’.

–  Keith Olbermann outlines his intention to show his support for American health reform by donating to the national associations of free Clinics to offer a free capitol cities of the states of the six senators standing in the way of health reform in the senate.

–  So what is Al Franken up to these days?  He got an amendment passed yesterday. From Think Progress –  In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and “warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.” (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration.

Newly elected Senator Al Franken proposed an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies like KBR “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.”

And our favorite hopping mad leprechaun (he’s magically delicious!) Jeff Sessions (R – AL) called it it “a political attack directed at Halliburton.”

Anyway, to make a long story short, Franken’s amendment passed, and here’s a list of fine family values GOPers that support gang rape:

NAYs —30

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)



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