Healthcare Reform

The fake fight over fake reform

By · Thursday, March 25th, 2010 · 27 Comments »

Bruce Dixon over at BAR absolutely nails it. His post analyzes the absurdist theatre we’re now witnessing with Democrats and Republicans, which he compares to “televised professional wrestling.” Please go read the whole thing. What I want to excerpt here, though, is Bruce’s cogent summary of just what the HCR bill does: On the whole, […]

So, I guess this is what a feminist looks like

By · Thursday, March 25th, 2010 · 29 Comments »

Dear God in the Smoking Lounge, I am so fed up with this kabuki theatre bullshit.

What exactly is this “healthcare reform” bill going to do?

By · Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 · 48 Comments »

This handy chart is from the folks at Firedoglake. Note that it doesn’t address any of the woman-related issues we’ve discussed; this is just an analysis of the general provisions of the bill. Myth Truth 1. This is a universal health care bill. The bill is neither universal health care nor universal health insurance. Per […]

Obama supporters are easy to fool

By · Monday, March 22nd, 2010 · 80 Comments »

We knew that already, of course, but I’m struck today by the extent to which it continues to be true. If I were a con artist or running one of those Nigerian letter scams — or, hell, even a tooth-whitening or acai berry racket — I know where I would be targeting my efforts. These […]

Vote for single payer

By · Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 · 16 Comments »

Only two more days left to make Medicare for All one of’s top ten priorities. says: Final round voting begins on March 1 and ends on March 12. The 10 most popular ideas will be presented to relevant members of the Obama Administration, and will subsequently mobilize its full community to support […]

Christmas and New Year’s and Hanukkah

By · Monday, March 8th, 2010 · 10 Comments »

In honor of International Women’s Day, I thought it would be fun to consider what Obama hath wrought. Seeing as how he’s a Superfeminist and all. (The title of this post, for the non-cognoscenti, is an allusion to a sad and frightening piece of performance art by Naomi Wolf.1) I’ll just quote from the action […]

A silver lining on healthcare reform?

By · Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 · 8 Comments »

I was fascinated last night to see that Anthony Weiner and Barney Frank were two of the first out of the gate with statements that Scott Brown’s win meant healthcare reform needed to pause. Now, these guys are not conservatives. Weiner is Mr. Single Payer himself, and Barney ain’t no slouch. I thought last night […]

I’m doing my part to hold down health care costs

By · Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 · 73 Comments »

I am one with the zeitgeist. Reading Bob Herbert’s column today, I realized that I am already living the cost control provisions in the Senate healthcare bill. Herbert explains that the excise tax in the Senate bill is designed to control costs by limiting people’s access to healthcare. The so-called “Cadillac” plans that the tax […]

The real competition is for campaign contributions

By · Sunday, December 20th, 2009 · 34 Comments »

Tip of the hat to lambert for finding this absolutely brilliant essay: Understanding Obamacare. You need to read the whole thing, carefully, but I’m going to quote the first nine paragraphs here. Yes, nine whole paragraphs, because every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coals, man. It’s rare to see the […]

Abortion restrictions violate women’s Freedom of Religion

By · Sunday, December 20th, 2009 · 48 Comments »

There’s an arresting passage in Riverdaughter’s post about the abortion restrictions in the healthcare bill: With anti-abortion measures, women are not just subject to the state, they are forced to recognize a religious presence in their lives whether they have faith or not. Men do not need to recognize any faith. They are allowed complete […]