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This is more to preserve the link for me,

Some revealing paragraphs:

AMY GOODMAN: Do you think it’s better than what we have now?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: No. Actually, it’s not, because it locks us into a for-profit system that the government subsidizes.

That takes care of the B0bots argument.

On the public option:

Keep something in mind. When Mr. Hacker first came out with his proposal for a public option, it was going to cover 129 million Americans. That really would compete in an exchange with private insurance. But that’s been whittled down to, depending on who you talk to, covering six to 11 million people. So only a fraction of Americans will have access to the public option, which means that there’s not effective competition with the insurance companies to drive down rates.

and a possible solution

AMY GOODMAN: Do you see, Congressman Kucinich, a way to get from where you’re talking about from here?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH: Yes, if we are able to get back in the bill a provision that says states will be shielded from legal attack by insurance companies if those states go with their own single-payer plan. I mean, states should have the right to do that. You have ten states which are actively involved in single-payer movements.

and why he voted no

I felt that my vote was the only way that I could make a statement about how this is not a state of affairs which is celebrating Democratic principles, Democratic economic philosophy, or the hopes of people to have real healthcare instead of having real health—instead of being forced to pay for insurance.

a bit on Obama

And the administration, obviously, was terrified that anything could be identified as being adverse to the insurance companies, which is why they took privatization, they took single payer off the table immediately, they knocked down the robust public option.

Nothing new on Stupak, which apparently was known since July but nobody cared.

Except for this hopeful piece of news:

at least 41 House Dems are writing directly to Pelosi, telling her that they will not vote for anything “that contains language that restricts women’s right to choose any further than current law.”

I am hoping this is about an upcoming vote – after the reconciliation with the senate bill, rather than a failed attempt at rebellion before Saturday’s vote.

In spite of the efforts to hush the facts up, they were known for those who listened to NPR 2 days ago. Still, I agreed with the call for restraint from Obama untill the facts were in – advice he should have given himself at the time of the cop and the professor incident.

But now the facts are furiously exploding on covers of tabloids

The Daily News keeps it personal

while the NY Post goes all out

as I find myself, for the first time in my life not loathing something Lieberman says

because of this from the NPR piece

ZWERDLING: I want to add something else about Hasan at Walter Reed. The psychiatrist I talked to today said that he was the kind of guy who the staff actually stood around in the hallway, saying: Do you think he’s a terrorist, or is he just weird? And now, apparently, Walter Reed is in a lockdown mode where they’ve been instructed – all the staff has been instructed: Do not talk to anybody about this investigation, except military people. Do not talk to the FBI, because they’re afraid, potentially, what if people decide investigating this that people missed potential warning signs about the guy

Update of November 10

The logical conclusion reached the NYC tabloids:

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and NY Post, in the mold of their famous “Bush knew”

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Of course, the logical question is: If NY Post extended the FBI knowledge to the most moronic president we had, why wouldn’t the 11 dimensional chess player being granted the same courtesy? Why not


Not Your Sweetie

November 2009