Posts Tagged Health Care

What Romney’s “I enjoy firing people” Gaffe Really Reveals About Him

Courtesy of Paul Krugman from Digby’s Hullabaloo:

. . . Romney’s sense of privilege, and a relationship to the world around him that is alien to most Americans and reinforces everything that is wrong with the 1% in America.

The key part of what’s off-putting about the gaffe isn’t the first part about liking to fire people, so much as the second part about “who provide services to me.” Liking to fire people is bad enough, but this is the real kicker.

When it comes to basic services like healthcare, almost no one in America sees the relationship that way. Most of us wouldn’t speak of “firing” our health insurance company. No matter how much we might detest our insurance company, we probably wouldn’t describe the experience of removing ourselves from their rolls an enjoyable one.

Mitt Romney isn’t at fault for having been privileged, he’s at fault for having no sense that other people aren’t:

Romney talks about paying for health insurance as if it were the same as getting a pedicure, hiring an escort or getting the fancy wax at a car wash. It’s a luxury service being provided to him, and he doesn’t like it, he can take his business elsewhere. Romney’s is the language of a man who has never wanted for anything, never worried about where his next paycheck would come from, never worried about going bankrupt if he got sick.

It is the language of an entitled empowerment utterly alien to the experience of most Americans, who feel victimized and bled dry without recourse by these rentier corporations. Romney sees himself as in charge of the relationship between himself and these entities. Most Americans don’t. That’s why the statement rankles and feels so off-putting to us. The mention of enjoying the act of “firing” them is just icing on the cake.

 The divide between Romney’s experience and the experiences of most Americans is vast.  Most of us can’t imagine firing our insurance company because – as sucktacular as they are – we can’t risk being without their half-assed, unreasonably priced sevices.

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Mike Lee Full of Non-Answers: Live-blogging the Granato Lee KUED Debate

Mike Lee wants to leave health care reform up to the states.  Really? How exactly would THAT work?  I assume he would leave it to the free market.  In other words, he would do nothing.

When Mike Lee was asked about heath care, all simply repeated the States Rights meme.  I’m sure Carl Wimmer was cheering. Whats a freaking useless answer.

Would Mike Lee have each state do their own thing?  What would that mean if I had an emergency in Tennessee?  What if I moved to Arizona to help patrol the border?  Would my Utah plan provide reciprocity?  Sounds like REALLY BIG government to me.  A bunch of REALLY BIG little ones.

Hell, whats the point of a union if you have to think about it every time you cross into another state?

At least Granato answered the question clearly.

Mike Lee is the slimiest kind of politicians and thousands of Utahns will vote for him simply because he repeats the Tea party memes.  Mike Lee is NOT for Utah,  Mike Lee is for Mike Lee.

Link to KUED

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John Boehner Is A Pathetic Liar For Posting Edited Video

Minority Leader John Boehner has posted an 8 second clip of Rep. Alcee Hastings saying “All these rules around here, we make ’em up as we go along.”

It is flying around the wingnuttisphere.

The reason the clip is only 8 seconds is because in the preceding 10 seconds, Mr. Hastings attributes the comment to Thomas Edison.

Here is what the Boehner’s office is posting.

Here is what Hasting ACTUALLY said.

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Somfing rong wit tiz movi pictur box

Rite wing nutz participatin in tax protestz? Balderdish

Rite wing nutz participatin in tax protestz? Balderdish

Johnathan is a particular favorite of mine.

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Should We Restrict Public Services for Suspected Republicans?

I think so. I herewith submit my name, candidacy and personage for the position on the Health Care Rationing Committee (HCRC). My deep knowledge of and intimate experience with Republicans makes me exceptionally qualified to further the the committee’s mission.

WASHINGTONriprepublicans — The Republican National Party (RNC) has mailed a fundraising appeal suggesting Democrats might…deny medical treatment to Republicans.

A questionnaire accompanying the appeal says the government could check voting registration records, “prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system.”

It asks, “Does this possibility concern you?”
Katie Wright, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said the question was “inartfully worded.” –> full article

What say we actually start doing things the Republicans are lying about.

The saddest part about all this, is the Republican strategist know their constituency is stupid enough to be cajoled by lies into fear. If they were smart enough to figure that out, I think they would be offended.

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A Primer on Government Role

This recent discussion (if you can call it that) about government run health insurance (the liars call it “government run health care”) has involved a process of deep denial on the part of the Party of  ‘No.’

I asked Brewski yesterday, which government run services he would like to live without.  Nobody seems to want to answer that question.  The hypocrisy is unyielding.

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Single-Payer Health Care – It’s Working in Australia


Political acceptance is very high. The conservatives have (totally) made their peace with the system as proposing to remove it is electoral suicide. The support of the populace is almost total.

There is so much misinformation floating around about the satisfaction with health care in U.K., Canada, France, Australia, etc. When I talk to people I know who live in those places or are from there, I hear a much different story than what we hear in our own media.

I don’t know a lot of Australians, just a handful. But those I know say they are definitely happy with both the health care they receive and the cost to them. One of them posted a link to this TPM article that provides a pretty good explanation of how the system works. What I wonder is why are we trying to re-invent the wheel? Read the rest of this entry »

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A Black Man is President Because of The Internet

Better stated; A Black man is President because the Internet is a meritocracy and merit is power.

Stated differently; Because the nature of the Internet supports the technical requirements of a meritocracy, a Black man is president.

However stated best, I think health care reform will pass because of the Internet and because our Black president is smarter than the average guy and understands what the ‘gentiles’ don’t.  The Internet is all powerful.

Source: In a reflection of a legislative strategy that has left no stone unturned, President Barack Obama on Monday called on like-minded bloggers to help his administration keep the heat on lawmakers to pass health care reform.

“It is important just to keep the pressure on members of Congress because what happens is there is a default position of inertia here in Washington,” the president said during an invitation-only conference call. “And pushing against that, making sure that people feel that the desperation that ordinary families are feeling all across the country, every single day, when they are worrying about whether they can pay their premiums or not… People have to feel that in a visceral way. And you guys can help deliver that better than just about anybody.”

In a roughly 25-minute session with a handful of prominent progressive bloggers, the president also asked for help combating disinformation about his health care plan.

“I know the blogs are best at debunking myths that can slip through a lot of the traditional media outlets,” he said. “And that is why you are going to play such an important role in our success in the weeks to come.”

Yes, Mr. President, we will help you!

Yes We Can!

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