Category Archives: health care reform

When governing gets dangerous

It is time for rational voices in both parties to speak out forecefully. These are incendiary times in America, fueled by the unrelenting insistence of the Republican Party to try to turn political defeat to advantage and an increasingly large … Continue reading

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Predictions: Health care gets 216 votes, 'Cuse to the Final 4

A friend writes: “My prediction for health care vote this weekend… 216-225 votes in support. Other precarious predictions — rooting for Syracuse (c’mon, Boeheim). What do you think? Could be a weekend of disappointment, no?” I hope not. Oh, I can … Continue reading

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Why do the media tiptoe around Fox, ex-Timesman asks

Howell Raines has always been a brilliant journalist, even when his flaws as a manager cut short his tenure as The New York Times executive editor. The work of his post-9/11 Times was among the paper’s finest ever. Now Raines … Continue reading

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Prepare for the GOP's Big Lie(s)

I’ve pounded congressional Democrats for spinning in circles on health care instead of starting toward the goal line. But let’s not give the Republican Party a free pass. It’s the party that makes distortion, mockery and denigration an art form, … Continue reading

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Democrats, it's time to step up

This country’s best chance in generations to make significant progress toward health care reform isn’t the only thing on the line over the next several weeks.  So is the Democratic Party’s opportunity to be taken seriously by American voters come … Continue reading

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Would we leave neighbors bleeding by the side of the road?

Rescission. It’s a clinical name for an extraordinarily inhumane part of the health insurance system, one in which insurers dump someone retroactively from their rolls just when that person’s health needs are greatest. It happened, reports Joanne Silberner of National … Continue reading

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So what's the big deal about a simple majority vote?

If history is any guide, perhaps Senate Democrats should have pushed through health care reform with a simple majority vote awhile ago. Under current law, according to the Congressional Research Service, The U.S. Senate can pass measures by simple majority rule … Continue reading

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