The Big Picture's Barry Ritholtz posts a set of charts showing graphically how the United States' health care costs have soared compared to the rest of the world.
If you do not think much is at stake this November, check out this Talking Points Memo article by Brian Beutler explaining how the Republicans could destroy the health care reform effort even without repealing it. Somehow Democrats need to figure out how to make sure people understand that a lack of enthusiasm and a [...]
Atrios is right. Sigh. And if you haven’t read Charlie Pierce’s Idiot America yet, which expands on how dangerous this celebration of ignorance is, you should.
Paul Krugman correctly points out that even this imperfect health care bill probably would not have been possible without the radical conservatives in the Club for Growth forcing Sen. Arlen Specter to switch parties. Nice work there.
At some point, shouldn’t repeated lying disqualify someone from being Mr. Morality in Politics ™? Brian Beutler writes at Talking Points Memo: Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) raised hackles among liberals earlier this week when he claimed that the public option wasn’t a part of the 2008 presidential campaign. He repeated that claim to reporters tonight, [...]
Over at Altercation, Charles Pierce makes note of Tom Daschle’s statement that tort reform must be a part of any reform plan: Just shut up, please. For my own edification, is there any provision of the 2008 Republican platform that Tom Daschle thinks should be left out of the Democratic health-reform package, now rapidly morphing [...]
Ezra Klein explains how difficult it will be to pass health care reform at the federal level if it is not done this year. I had lunch yesterday with a longtime Hill and administration health care adviser who argued, persuasively, that health care happens in 2009 or it doesn’t happen at all. For the next [...]
Over at Altercation, George Zornick raises a vital point: On the topic of the raging debate over the veracity of Hillary Clinton’s health care horror story, about a pregnant woman being turned away from a hospital because of a lack of insurance and later dying, Trudy Lieberman at CJR writes: “Beyond candidate stumbles, we would [...]
Yes, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), blocking the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program was quite an accomplishment. I suppose the kids should not expect to get gruel from the House Republican Caucus either. Today’s Republican Party fights against children. That’s quite a despicable political space to seek.
Even for Wal*Mart, this is a new low. Stephanie Mencimer writes at the Mother Jones blog: ust when you think that Wal-Mart had already exhausted every last possible strategy for screwing over its employees, here comes this story in the Wall Street Journal. Deborah Shank, a Wal-Mart employee gets into an accident with a semi [...]