The really dangerous politics of the ACA
Dec05

The really dangerous politics of the ACA

Republican governors and legislatures have let their hate of Obama get in the way of the well being of their citizens.  Not only will citizens not get health insurance  their states will lose billions of dollars in federal money.  But it gets even worse: GOP obstruction of Obamacare is closing hospitals The Obamacare website is open for business. But the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Folkston, Georgia, is closed. Because Republicans...

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A $1500 Stitch and Other Hospital Scams
Dec05

A $1500 Stitch and Other Hospital Scams

Outrageous hospital charges are a cliché by now but impossible to ignore in the health-care debate for fear of a taking a cheap shot, something unknown in an emergency room. “A day spent as an inpatient at an American hospital,” says a New York Times report, “costs on average more than $4,000, five times the charge in many other developed countries…The most expensive hospitals charge more than $12,500 a day. And at many of them,...

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Democrats and GOP Obamacare Suicide Pact
Dec04

Democrats and GOP Obamacare Suicide Pact

If and when the ACA finally works, what will be left of Barack Obama’s power to make things happen? If and when a Republican finally retakes the White House, what will remain of the GOP’s ability to govern? Both parties should step back and consider what happened to the Greek King Pyrrhus who defeated the Romans but lost so much in doing so that his name is enshrined in history as a symbol for losing by winning. Pyrrhic victories loom...

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The Republican War on the Impoverished
Dec03

The Republican War on the Impoverished

In March of 1964, in a message to Congress, Lyndon Johnson proposed legislation labeled the Economic Opportunity Act to conquer poverty in the United States as part of his “Great Society” initiative. This became known as the “War on Poverty” because of its objective of helping the poorest Americans escape poverty through federal programs. Though its goals were laudable, it was never considered a significant success, possibly because...

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European Reporter Battles for U.S.-Style Magnitsky Act (Le Figaro, France)
Dec01

European Reporter Battles for U.S.-Style Magnitsky Act (Le Figaro, France)

Despite the doom and gloom that appears to be all around us these days, are we entering a ‘new era’ for the enforcement of human rights? For Le Figaro, columnist Jean-Sebastien Stehli writes that a book by Russian-French investigative reporter Elena Servettaz called, Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law, may trigger major changes, making it impossible for human rights violators to travel freely or spend their ill-gotten gains....

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Obamacare’s Black Friday Bad News
Nov29

Obamacare’s Black Friday Bad News

In a Thanksgiving eve news dump, the White House delivers more bad news about Obamacare and, at this rate, is poised to fill Christmas health-care stockings with lumps of coal. The Administration slips in a one-year delay for small businesses to go online to buy insurance for their employees through the new federal marketplace website, another blow to smooth implementation of the ACA. Companies with fewer than 50 employees were to...

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Holiday Tip From JFK’s Pain Doctor
Nov28

Holiday Tip From JFK’s Pain Doctor

Lost in the flood of John F. Kennedy images last week was the physician who took him off crutches and into the ubiquitous Oval Office rocking chair. Janet Travell kept JFK from being bed-ridden and went on to write a two-volume medical text that has relieved the pain of millions since, “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. The Trigger Point Manual,” to become the bible of physical therapists and masseurs. I was a patient of hers before...

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Obamacare Debacle Revives Single-Payer Hope
Nov26

Obamacare Debacle Revives Single-Payer Hope

Insurance is fraud. If it weren’t, how could an industry make bets against the certainties of human life—-illness, accidents and death—-and profit so much from them? In my thirties, I wanted to protect a wife and young children and decided that, with self-discipline, I could buy the simplest and cheapest term insurance at each stage of life, reducing it as I went along, while putting the difference in premiums into untouchable...

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Short of Manpower, TEPCO Boosts Pay for Fukushima Workers (Minyu Shimbun, Japan)
Nov25

Short of Manpower, TEPCO Boosts Pay for Fukushima Workers (Minyu Shimbun, Japan)

While this editorial from Japan’s Minyu Shimbun doesn’t mention the United States, it highlights TEPCO’s obstinate refusal to call in outside help from the U.S. and elsewhere in containing radiation at its Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. According to the editorial, the company has decided to raise bonus pay for workers operating in high-radiation areas by $100 a day, and will install a larger lounge for them...

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Koch Bros Reach Out to Punish Sick and Needy
Nov21

Koch Bros Reach Out to Punish Sick and Needy

Americans for Prosperity, the voice of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, is wasting no time to target vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year with $3.5 million of attack ads over Obamacare. The “Kochtopus,” as described in Jane Meyer’s classic 2010 New Yorker takedown, is always at the ready to pick up its anti-Obama campaign with aims of “drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for...

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Right point, wrong example (Guest Voice)
Nov20

Right point, wrong example (Guest Voice)

Right point, wrong example (via The Economist) THE biggest question in the teeth-gritting Obamacare roll-out thriller is whether, if it fails, it will kill all further political appetite for large-scale government reforms. Ross Douthat made an excellent point on this score in Sunday’s New York Times…...

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Obamacare operation (Cartoon)
Nov20

Obamacare operation (Cartoon)

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Sylvia Plath (Guest Voice)
Nov20

Sylvia Plath (Guest Voice)

Sylvia Plath by Stu Pierce I mean this in the best possible way, but I really hate myself–not in a crazy, suicidal, draw a warm bath and read some Sylvia Plath kind of way. But, in a healthy way–well, a healthy(ish) way–a way that I think is sorely needed in America–the land of obnoxious self-esteem–the land everything is “awesome” and everyone is “genius”. “Dude, we should...

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GOPcare (Guest Cartoonist Cartoon)
Nov19

GOPcare (Guest Cartoonist Cartoon)

GOPcare by Mike Peters Of related interest: –GOP Seizes on Obamacare Polls to Raise Heat on Dems –How to silence GOP nuts — and stop the Obamacare repeal campaign –Officials say Obamacare website improves as Republicans pounce –The Morning Plum: Obamacare is the salvation of the GOP. (Not.) Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a...

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Obamacare Thanksgiving (Cartoon)
Nov19

Obamacare Thanksgiving (Cartoon)

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Saving Obama From His Sinking Ship
Nov19

Saving Obama From His Sinking Ship

For nights after the Kennedy assassination, I had fever dreams of rescuing him. So did other Americans, as psychiatrists reported. Now 50 years later, it is Barack Obama who needs to be saved—-from his own stubborn determination to pass health care reform four years ago. When the Congressional butchering began in 2009, the President stubbornly persisted and walked into a bear trap. Now conservative columnist Ross Douthat argues that...

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The myth of unbiased reporting (Guest Voice)
Nov19

The myth of unbiased reporting (Guest Voice)

The myth of unbiased reporting by Peter Johnson Let’s get two things straight. Firstly, The President made a serious omission when he failed for years to acknowledge that with the implementation of the ACA, many policy holders would be forced to give up old insurance policies that they already liked. He did accurately point out that insurance policies issued before 2010, and before the Health Care law was passed, could be honored,...

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Obamacare is a heavy load for Democrats (Cartoon)
Nov18

Obamacare is a heavy load for Democrats (Cartoon)

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The clock is ticking on Obamacare
Nov18

The clock is ticking on Obamacare

If you hear a ticking sound, it isn’t the “60 Minutes” clock. November 30th could be the watershed day when a portion of the bleeding of the Affordable Care Act halts, or there’s a massive political hemorrhage. Will the shockingly inept official sign-up website work or not? If it isn’t, expect to see more than the trickle of political obituaries now being written for President Barack Obama and Obamacare...

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Smoking gun? Critics cite evidence Obama knew Americans would lose coverage
Nov18

Smoking gun? Critics cite evidence Obama knew Americans would lose coverage

Smoking gun? Critics cite evidence Obama knew Americans would lose coverage (via The Christian Science Monitor) President Obama pauses while speaking about the new health care law in the White House press room. Critics say Obama lied when he said Americans could keep their existing plans under the Affordable Care Act.(Charles Dharapak/AP) The GOP has been piling…   graphic via...

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