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Republicans try to block funds for health care reform

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House of Representatives unveiled a bill Thursday that would block funding for President Barack Obama’s health care reform as long as it is contested in the courts. The measure targeting the health care reforms passed by Congress in 2010 was contained in a bill that…

Holding liars accountable

If you're anything like me, you probably spend a lot of your time fretting because right wingers have grown incredibly bold about bald-faced lying, and so far it seems there's literally nothing that can be done about it.  We have extensive freedom of speech protections, which is a good thing…

Pigs, uneaten and free to fly, go soaring past the USDA offices

Still playing catch-up, but I wanted to draw attention to this link that I only saw because of Ta-Nehisi: the USDA actually told people to eat less for health in their latest round of recommendations. So, health care reform has definitely influenced policy outside of just medicine, as expected. Or…

Environment has a role

Conservatives are deep into denying that environment could play a role in pushing someone suffering from mental illness towards violence (except, of course, if they’re suggesting that someone mentally ill might be just really angry about health care reform), at least insofar as they need to in order to deny…

Repubs give up all pretense of being sticklers for process the second they get power

A lot of Republicans ran on the promise of repealing health care reform, which only worked, of course, after telling their base that “health care reform” is basically code for “giving people you moved out of the city to get away from money so they can sit in the doctor’s…

Maybe they don’t want to be happy

Matt notices part of David Brooks’ stat-spewing on what affects happiness, a statistic that should actually give people pause. The daily activities most associated with happiness are sex, socializing after work and having dinner with others. The daily activity most injurious to happiness is commuting. To this, Matt notes: Brooks…

Peter out or get crazier?

It’s the question on the minds of those of us who’ve been alarmed watching the teabaggers give up all pretense of civility (not that they had much) in the run-up to the health care reform vote in the House. Now that it looks likely that we’ll actually get health care…

History’s Newest Greatest Monster: Some Guy

Quick! Name the Senate Parliamentarian! Well, everyone knows who Alan Frumin is. Or will, once the Republican Party gets done making him out to be a democracy-murdering terrorist-humper. Senate Republicans are waging a pre-emptive strike against the Senate’s parliamentarian — a hitherto little-known official who could determine the fate of…

Limbaugh calls health care reform “reparations” and “civil rights”

This is really hard to listen to, since Rush Limbaugh is being even angrier and nastier and egotistical than usual, but it’s nonetheless important if you want to understand the opposition to health care reform: In it, Limbaugh uses high racialized language to denounce health care reform, calling it “civil…

Michelle Obama’s contribution to the health care debate

Anna at Jezebel has a post up praising Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity, now that the plan has been released. Anna’s happy with it, as she should be, since the plan—to no one’s great surprise, I hope—focuses on the causes of childhood obesity and not on shaming as some…

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