Oh my. Conspiracy to wake me this morning.
Wyden-Brown, while named after some real bastards, seems to be a good idea. Especially since some of the saner portions of the country could leverage for single-payer. It’s a shame that Republicans will kill the bill out of pure spite. DailyKos speaks:
That’s, not surprisingly, rather unimaginative of Gruber. Any system wouldn’t function worse, of course, with a public option. As the Veterans Administration medical system, Tri-Care for military personnel, and Medicare have all demonstrated for decades, there is a viable system outside mandated private health insurance, one that can’t be argued is unconstitutional (as dodgy as the arguments are that mandate is unconstitutional). And at least one state, Vermont, would pursue a public option as soon as the waiver to do so is available. When it’s available, of course, depends on politics.
It apparently no longer matters in Congress what health experts and scientists think. All that seems to matter is what Koch Industries thinks.
And because I love it when people protest.
In addition to shutting down a local Bank of America branch, Make Wall Street Pay protesters also demonstrated outside the convention of the National Association of Attorneys General, demanding action on the foreclosure crisis. They also flooded the offices of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), demanding that both support policies that would make big Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup pay their fair share before attacking investments and crucial services in Main Street America.
And lastly, a fair warning:
Oh man. Time to get back to my coffee.