Given the fact that probably three Supreme Court justices will retire in the next presidential term, we should think about who the elected leader of the country will nominate to fill the jobs. Right now there is a small tip toward conservative thinking on the SCOTUS, but if Romney is elected the right wing could end up in complete control.
Here’s something to think about:
This, in itself, is one of the best reasons not to vote for Mittens. It would be important to preserve a court that upholds civil rights, women’s rights, diversity in college admissions and support of health care legislation. Should we lose these, the United States goes back to where it was in the first half of the last century and years of development and reform will get flushed down the drain.
It’s up to us to preserve years of important reform.
- Judge Napolitano: Next Supreme Court Challenge to ObamaCare Could Result in ‘Different Outcome’ (foxnewsinsider.com)
- Carter Slams U.S. Supreme Court for its Endorsement of Corruption (dissidentvoice.org)
- This Far-Right Supreme Court Is Reason Enough to Vote Obama (truthdig.com)
- Why are candidates silent on Supreme Court? (cnn.com)
- Big Supreme Court Term Starts Today (abcnews.go.com)
- As The Supreme Court Returns, More Historic Decisions? (ibtimes.com)
- What else is at stake in the election? The Supreme Court (leanforward.msnbc.com)
- Poll: Swing Voters Find Obama Would Pick Better Judges then Romney (legaltimes.typepad.com)
Thanks to Rachel Maddow for pointing this one out:
Looks like we have a theme running here.
Joel Pett in USA Today:
What is the Republican Main Concern?
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Chan Lowe in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
What is the Republican Main Concern?
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Jimmy Margulies, North Jersey Media Group:
What is the Republican Main Concern?
Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com:
What is the Republican Main Concern?
It certainly isn’t getting Health Care Reform for America!
Bill Boyarsky is a lecturer in journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and is vice president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. He was city editor of the Los Angeles Times when he retired in 2001.
If you click on the Truthdig link it will bring you to the whole article.
1. the republicans don’t want to do anything about Health Care
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2. they say that they want to start again because they KNOW the public DOES want Health Care Reform!
Here’s a clip from The New Republic:
Here’s something that probably won’t get pulled off – but the more I think of it, the more I realize what a good idea it is. Here’s a clip from Shahien Nasiripour’s article in the HuffPo…there’s more if you go in and read it.
As many of you know, I am a strong supporter of Chris Dodd, going back to my days as a Connecticut taxpayer. When you look at the changes he is trying to put into this corrupt banking system which has landed us in much of the mess we’re in you’ll see why.
Garrison Keillor talked about his encounter with a stroke and hospitalization in Salon this week. His statement below stands out:
“Rich or poor, young or old, we all face the injustice of life — it ends too soon, and statistical probability is no comfort. We are all in the same boat, you and me and ex-Gov. Palin and Rep. Joe Wilson, and wealth and social status do not prevail against disease and injury. And now we must reform our health insurance system so that it reflects our common humanity. It is not decent that people avoid seeking help for want of insurance. It is not decent that people go broke trying to get well. You know it and I know it. Time to fix it.”
Time to fix it, indeed.
Here’s a quick quote from Michael Lind’s piece “Uninsured Like Me”:
Since the 1964 Civil Rights Act destroyed formal white supremacy in the U.S., every attempt to expand traditional social insurance in America has failed. Meanwhile, there has been a massive expansion in government-sponsored welfare going disproportionately to the white and affluent. What the political scientist Christopher Howard calls the hidden welfare state includes the tax-favored employer-provided health insurance that most working-age Americans depend on, as well as the home mortgage interest deduction and the childcare and child tax credits. Affluent and educated workers are more likely to work for employers who provide private health benefits than are low-skilled workers and employees of small businesses. Personal tax benefits like the home mortgage interest deduction are available only to the top half of households who pay federal income taxes, and are unavailable to lower-income workers who pay payroll taxes but no income taxes. In many cases, the benefits of this tax-credit welfare state increase with income.
The whole article is a killer. Read it HERE.
This is a LONG article you MUST READ to get an understanding of HEALTH CARE REFORM and what to do next…
If you read NO OTHER ARTICLE this week, you must read this one… before Congress comes back in September, before you listen to another piece of poo from the Right. Start here:
Lie #1: President Obama wants to euthanize your grandma!!!
The truth: These accusations—of “death panels” and forced euthanasia—are, of course, flatly untrue. As an article from the Associated Press puts it: “No ‘death panel’ in health care bill.”4 What’s the real deal? Reform legislation includes a provision, supported by the AARP, to offer senior citizens access to a professional medical counselor who will provide them with information on preparing a living will and other issues facing older Americans.5
Lie #2: Democrats are going to outlaw private insurance and force you into a government plan!!!
The truth: With reform, choices will increase, not decrease. Obama’s reform plans will create a health insurance exchange, a one-stop shopping marketplace for affordable, high-quality insurance options.6 Included in the exchange is the public health insurance option—a nationwide plan with a broad network of providers—that will operate alongside private insurance companies, injecting competition into the market to drive quality up and costs down.7
If you’re happy with your coverage and doctors, you can keep them.8 But the new public plan will expand choices to millions of businesses or individuals who choose to opt into it, including many who simply can’t afford health care now.
Lie #3: President Obama wants to implement Soviet-style rationing!!!
The truth: Health care reform will expand access to high-quality health insurance, and give individuals, families, and businesses more choices for coverage. Right now, big corporations decide whether to give you coverage, what doctors you get to see, and whether a particular procedure or medicine is covered—that is rationed care. And a big part of reform is to stop that.
Health care reform will do away with some of the most nefarious aspects of this rationing: discrimination for pre-existing conditions, insurers that cancel coverage when you get sick, gender discrimination, and lifetime and yearly limits on coverage.9 And outside of that, as noted above, reform will increase insurance options, not force anyone into a rationed situation.
Lie #4: Obama is secretly plotting to cut senior citizens’ Medicare benefits!!!
The truth: Health care reform plans will not reduce Medicare benefits.10 Reform includes savings from Medicare that are unrelated to patient care—in fact, the savings comes from cutting billions of dollars in overpayments to insurance companies and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse.11
Lie #5: Obama’s health care plan will bankrupt America!!!
The truth: We need health care reform now in order to prevent bankruptcy—to control spiraling costs that affect individuals, families, small businesses, and the American economy.
Right now, we spend more than $2 trillion dollars a year on health care.12 The average family premium is projected to rise to over $22,000 in the next decade13—and each year, nearly a million people face bankruptcy because of medical expenses.14 Reform, with an affordable, high-quality public option that can spur competition, is necessary to bring down skyrocketing costs. Also, President Obama’s reform plans would be fully paid for over 10 years and not add a penny to the deficit.15
We’re closer to real health care reform than we’ve ever been—and the next few weeks will decide whether it happens. We need to make sure the truth about health care reform is spread far and wide to combat right wing lies.
1. “More ‘Town Halls Gone Wild’: Angry Far Right Protesters Disrupt Events With ‘Incomprehensible’ Yelling,” Think Progress, August 4, 2009.
2. “Fight the smears,” Health Care for America NOW, accessed August 10, 2009.
3. “Palin Paints Picture of ‘Obama Death Panel’ Giving Thumbs Down to Trig,” ABC News, August 7, 2009.
4. “No ‘death panel’ in health care bill,” The Associated Press, August 10, 2009.
5. “Stop Distorting the Truth about End of Life Care,” The Huffington Post, July 24, 2009.
6. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 11, 2009.
7. “Why We Need a Public Health-Care Plan,” The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2009.
8. “Obama: ‘If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor,'” The Wall Street Journal, 15, 2009.
9. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
10. “Obama: No reduced Medicare benefits in health care reform,” CNN, July 28, 2009.
11. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
12. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
13. “Premiums Run Amok,” Center for American Progress, July 24, 2009.
14. “Medical bills prompt more than 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies,” CNN, June 5, 2009.
15. “Reality Check FAQs,” WhiteHouse.gov, accessed August 10, 2009.
Sources for the Five Lies:
#1: “A euthanasia mandate,” The Washington Times, July 29, 2009.
#3: “Rationing Health Care,” The Washington Times, April 21, 2009.
#4: “60 Plus Ad Is Chock Full Of Misinformation,” Media Matters for America, August 8, 2009.
#5: “Obama’s ‘Public’ Health Plan Will Bankrupt the Nation,” The National Review, May 13, 2009.
Thanks to Nita Chaudhary and others at MoveOn.org for providing the contents of this post.
This from the WV Citizens Action Group:
Health Care Summer Heats UP – your help is needed now!
We need your help to get Health Reform passed this year. Can you volunteer some summertime to make it happen?
Citizen Action is joining in two national Days of Action on Health Reform – Aug 8th and 22nd
You can help right in your hometown by downloading our petition at www.wvcag.org and pledging to spend an hour or a morning or afternoon on one or both of those days to get your neighbors to sign on in favor of reform. A local supermarket is a good location or anywhere people gather – town fairs, bus stops – use your imagination.
Let us know if you’re willing to fight for reform – we’re looking for 50 of you to say yes, I can!
Call the CAG office at 304-346-5891 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re on the team.
We’re also looking for those who are willing to sign a letter to the editor (we have several samples on hand you can adapt)
Remember- Opponents are spending $1.4 MILLION/Day to kill Reform.
See: http://www.alternet.org/story/141713/ – Rush’s DittoHeads are outnumbering us in the volume of calls and letters into Congress and we need to make our voices louder!
Thanks in advance for your help!
Gary Zuckett, Director, WV Citizen Action
So, if you are in WV like me, download the petition, send in a signed copy and pass it around to your friends and get ready to participate on Aug 8 and 22.
And for you folks on the Eastern Panhandle remember that Shelly Moore Capito is NOT going to support Single Payer or any other reform sponsored by the current administration.
This was Reich’s blog yesterday… I reproduce it in full:
“What Can I Do?”
Someone recently approached me at the cheese counter of a local supermarket, asking “what can I do?” At first I thought the person was seeking advice about a choice of cheese. But I soon realized the question was larger than that. It was: what can I do about the way things are going in Washington?
People who voted for Barack Obama tend to fall into one of two camps: Trusters, who believe he’s a good man with the right values and he’s doing everything he can; and cynics, who have become disillusioned with his bailouts of Wall Street, flimsy proposals for taming the Street, willingness to give away 85 percent of cap-and-trade pollution permits, seeming reversals on eavesdropping and torture, and squishiness on a public option for health care.
In my view, both positions are wrong. A new president — even one as talented and well-motivated as Obama — can’t get a thing done in Washington unless the public is actively behind him. As FDR said in the reelection campaign of 1936 when a lady insisted that if she were to vote for him he must commit to a long list of objectives, “Maam, I want to do those things, but you must make me.”
We must make Obama do the right things. Email, write, and phone the White House. Do the same with your members of Congress. Round up others to do so. Also: Find friends and family members in red states who agree with you, and get them fired up to do the same. For example, if you happen to have a good friend or family member in Montana, you might ask him or her to write Max Baucus and tell him they want a public option included in any healthcare bill.
Ok… let’s get at it.
I’ve added a new link category over there in the right hand column. It is called Reform Agenda and it’s where I’ll be posting sites which deal with political reforms that demand that we all get involved. The first site I’ve posted deals with Single-Payer health care, which you now I support.