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Late Late Afternoon: Mr Evan Bayh The Song

By: Eureka Springs Tuesday February 23, 2010 12:19 pm

Citizens sing!

A Message To The President From A Ferocious Independent

By: Eureka Springs Tuesday February 2, 2010 1:00 pm

Dear Mr. President,

During the bailouts and the early meetings on health care we learned you will not listen to progressives, so I thought a Ferocious Independent might have a better chance of getting through. The kind of Independent everyone just wants to cuddle.

I would like you to meet Louiza, The Super Ferocious Snow Kitty.

She’s been taking the pulse of the nation.
Louiza The Super Ferocious Snow Kitty2

False Choice From A Fellow Citizen In Health Crisis

By: Eureka Springs Saturday January 23, 2010 10:43 am

Everyone is talking about the TPM reader MD’s letter today. I wanted to share my initial reaction to his plea for support of the Senate bill.

First a couple of portions below:

Current medical treatments can’t save him, but they will give him a few more years before the slow death strips him of his memories, personality and control of his body.

There’s a 50 percent chance the same slow motion death awaits me and each of my three siblings. If I ever lose my job I’ll become uninsurable, permanently. My sister already lost her insurance.

That means whatever treatment is developed for Huntington’s will be unavailable to us. There’s simply no way we could afford it. Not only high tech gene therapies or other interventions, but the medications and treatments that exist now that would buy us enough time to see our kids’ graduations or weddings, and would give them hope of not suffering their grandfather’s fate.

There’s a bill that would mean we’d never be rejected for health insurance or have it canceled. Health insurance that could ease our final years, or maybe even save us.

But liberals are refusing to support it

What bill? I am not at all certain the Senate bill would provide the anti-recision measures he thinks it would. The promise of skyrocketing prices diminishes recision protections a great deal. Virtually every country who has gone through what we think we are trying to do now has lowered healthcare costs 30 percent. Yet we know insurance and pharma, who already rule us with by far the highest prices in the world, are jumping for joy, promising higher. The fate of the Dorgan amendment alone says so much.

What do liberal leaders say to them? What do those liberals tell people like my dad, a die-hard activist Democrat, a UAW member who worked his way through college to become a teacher?

This is happening to a man and his father who probably have better insurance now than most people do, and he wants millions of hard working low income folks like me and his own sister who have no care at all to buy junk insurance, under force of law, from private insurers. Something which would at best put me in a worse financial position than he and his father have ever known and leave me in a worse position were my health to suffer the same fate?

MD presents a false choice with no certainty his solution is a sound one. And he’s asking people to jump into his miserable boat to make things better.

We must have healthcare declared to be a human right and have a strong Public Plan of some sort in our country. Otherwise folks will remain divided, confused and overcharged by ponzi schemers who are writing these bills, and still desperately willing to believe in the wrong solutions in the midst of their own true crisis one at a time.

How dare the Senate, the administration, and their defenders try fooling this man and all the rest of us.

Emptywheel has a post on the letter.

1 800 Kiss My A**, Senators

By: Eureka Springs Monday December 21, 2009 10:58 am

I know, I know, it’s a holiday week, it’s Monday, you are so terribly busy. Besides that these damn politicians are going to ram this bill through no matter what. But this is a time for action. This is a time to eat a little crow and ask your right wing friends to help you out by placing a "Kill The Bill" call to as many Senators as you can.

Do it today.

Katymine would thank you for it. Her famous compiled list of toll free capitol switchboard phone numbers below.

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

Health Lobby Ad Watch: Grassley Roots

By: Eureka Springs Tuesday September 1, 2009 10:24 am

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee & Democracy for America will air this ad in Iowa and Washington, D.C. Help Iowans help themselves, contribute here to keep this excellent ad on the air.

Health Lobby Ad Watch: The UK Government Kills Old People!

By: Eureka Springs Wednesday August 5, 2009 8:28 pm

1.2 million dollar ad campaign brought to you by Grover Norquist’s Club For Tumor Growth.

Starting Thursday, the Club will air television ads highlighting the dangers of government-run healthcare in Nevada, Colorado, Arkansas, and North Dakota aimed at Senators Harry Reid, Michael Bennet, Mark Udall, Blanche Lincoln, Mark Pryor, Byron Dorgan, and Kent Conrad as well as Representatives Marion Berry, Vic Snyder, Mike Ross, Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, John Salazar, Betsy Markey, Ed Perlmutter, and Earl Pomeroy.

Health Lobby Ad Watch: Nurses

By: Eureka Springs Friday July 24, 2009 8:54 pm

AFSCME Nurses urge Congress to support President Obama and pass H.R. 3200. Now.

Health Lobby Ad Watch: Seven from the Good Guys

By: Eureka Springs Thursday July 23, 2009 4:53 pm

Health Care for America Now has a new ad which will target six Congressmen and one Senator.

Rep. Camp
Rep Cantor
Rep. Tiberi
Rep. Cassidy
Rep. Reichert
Rep. Souder
Sen. Lamar Alexander