Daily Archives: September 10, 2009

There’s a great posting over at The Las Vegas Gleaner:

clipped from www.lasvegasgleaner.com

Nation reels in shock after Obama suggests government has legitimate role in modern society

Americans horrified to learn that we are all in this together Please excuse the expression, but the bitch-slapping of the Republicans went fairly well, no?

Oh sure, Republicans in and of themselves aren’t the problem. But the GOP and its apoplectic base have a vestigial capacity to frighten conservative/BlueDog/spineless Democrats. That makes it worthwhile to smack the wingnuts around, so as to remind the foot-draggers from the Hannity wing of the Democratic Party exactly what sort of lame arguments and lamer politicians (e.g., the asshat Joe Wilson) they’re siding with when they cheaply pander to the lowest common denominator by wringing their hands and swearing “Gosh, I hate big government, too.”

Speaking of which, please excuse the long excerpt but this was easily my favorite part of the speech, and maybe the best part of any speech I’ve heard any president give in my lifetime:

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Then he goes on to quote a large chunk of Obama’s speech and takes it from there. Go to The Las Vegas Gleaner and read it all.


A Message from Me and MoveOn.org:

Hi Friends,

Last night, President Obama challenged Congress to “meet history’s test” and finally fix our broken health care system. He pledged to seek common ground between Democrats and Republicans, and offered: “My door is always open.”

Republicans responded by heckling, booing, and hissing. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) screamed out “You lie!” as the President defended his health care plan against false right-wing attacks.

We can’t afford to let conservative extremists like Joe Wilson hold health care reform hostage. As Obama put it, “the time for games has passed. Now is the season for action.”

I just signed a petition to Congress demanding swift action to pass real health care reform. Can you join me at the link below?




Quote of the Day

“Barack Obama pulled it off in grand style — enough to make me wonder if the August of teabaggers and birthers and pulling the plug on grandma that we have just endured was perhaps a case of “giving ’em enough rope to hang themselves.” Meanwhile, there were the Republicans, looking as if they were being waterboarded on live television when they weren’t Tweeting (Eric Cantor) or waving what looked like old 1040 form instructions and shouting “Liar!” (Rep. Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina — that wonderful state that gave us Mark Sanford, where nearly one in five people is uninsured).”

– Jill at Brilliant At Breakfast

She went on to say:

“Why on earth would anyone want to compromise with these idiots?”

Why indeed?!

Key Points of The President’s Health Care Plan

Thanks to McClatchy, we have a very nice summary of the plan that Obama outlined last night. I reproduce it here, especially for folks like Eric Cantor who spent the President’s speech texting on his Blackberry and missing the points Obama was making:

Current coverage: Those who now have employer-provided coverage or are insured through Medicare, Medicaid or the Veterans Administration wouldn’t be required to change their plans or their physicians.

Cost : About $900 billion over 10 years.

How it’d be paid for: By finding “savings within the existing health care system,” mostly by trimming waste and rooting out fraud. Also, insurers would be charged a fee for their most expensive policies.

Health insurance exchanges: Consumers and small businesses without coverage could comparison shop at these marketplaces among private and perhaps also public plans. The competition is supposed to help lower prices. The exchanges would take effect in four years.

Pre-existing conditions: Insurers wouldn’t be permitted to deny coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions. Nor could they cancel or dilute coverage when people get very sick.

Affordability: No limits on how much coverage a consumer could get in a year or a lifetime — but limits on out-of-pocket health care expenses. Tax credits would be available for those needing aid.

Preventive medicine: Insurers must cover, at no extra charge, regular preventive care and check-ups, such as mammograms, colonoscopies and routine check-ups.

Public option: People without coverage would be able to choose a not-for-profit government-run insurance plan that would have the same rules and protections that private insurers do. A government option plan might be available only if private insurers fail to meet coverage benchmarks in designated markets. Alternatively, a nonprofit co-op might administer a competitive insurance plan.

Catastrophic insurance: Low-cost coverage would be available in the years before the exchanges are created to protect against financial ruin in case of a serious illness.

Individual insurance mandates: Everyone would have to have basic insurance. Most businesses would be required to offer insurance or “chip in” to help cover workers. Only hardship cases and some small businesses would be exempt.

Medical malpractice lawsuits: The administration will seek experimental “demonstration projects” in different states aimed at helping to revamp the tort system.

OK, that’s it. This morning I’ve heard Republicans on Morning Joe and the other news broadcasts saying the President never really told us the plan and various other comments to show that they are not going to play the game. It does not matter that Obama was both clear and relatively complete in his discourse. This, however, only means that many of them have shown America that they are opting out for purely political reasons and this, along with the insulting behavior of Joe Wilson and Eric Cantor… and all those Repubs who sat on their hand through the speech as Obama scored over 30 standing ovations… is going to weigh heavily on their political futures.

This is how I’ll remember Ted Kennedy…

If for no other reason than it is a statement from a dying man to the one person who can carry his hope forward, this snippit is from the letter  Ted Kennedy wrote to President Obama and had delivered after his death:

And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege.

It would be a tragedy to let Kennedy’s hopes get dashed on the rocks of Joe Wilson or Charles Grassley or Eric (I’m too busy sending Twitter Tweets to listen to your speech) Cantor.