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Lessons from the health care reform debate

This health care debate, when it’s really grinding me down (and right now, with Republicans drawing out in a blatant play to weaken Robert Byrd’s health so that he can’t make the vote, I’m really pissed) has so far managed to at least cheer me up at moments like this:…

That’s why we don’t call them “pro-life”

Matt makes a useful point about how anyone who threatens to block health care reform over abortion is a lot of things, but “pro-life” ain’t one of them: That said, it really is worth lingering on the extent to which his threat to hold health reform hostage to an abortion…

Using sex to stop health care reform, part deux

Ben Nelson, who has been hostile to health care reform throughout this whole process, has decided that he wants to jump on the train of using sex-phobia and misogyny in order to derail the momentum of health care reform. He’s going to offer an amendment he calls “Stupak Lite”—which probably…

Well, okay, but it’s still so tone deaf

Kate Harding has an excellent analysis of the outcry by organizations like NOW and feminists like Gloria Steinem against the proposed 5% tax on elective cosmetic surgery that would be used to finance health care reform. What seems like a good idea on its face—tax a luxury to pay for…

Number 11: Boil A Fatted Calf In Its Mother’s Milk

A group within the RNC, based off of an old Ronald Reagan quote that someone who agrees with you 8 out of 10 times is your friend, has, of course, created a list of ten things, eight of which candidates must agree with to get endorsed: (1) Smaller government, smaller…

Misogyny hijacks health care reform vote

Sorry for being out all day yesterday; my mother is in town, and so it was hard to obsessively follow the health care reform vote. I did try to tweet some stuff from RH Reality Check about the Stupak amendment, and frankly, prior to the amendment, that’s the best angle.…

When life resembles The Onion

For those of us who’ve been pushing back against anti-vaccination hysteria—most of it coming from the left—I think there’s an inevitable sense that the whole anti-vaccination thing is so nutty that it’s inevitable that it’s going to be picked up by the right wing, the home of most nutty conspiracy…

NC’s Foxx: health care reform is a bigger threat than any terrorist

Yes, the woman who represents the 5th District (Winston-Salem, Mt. Airy) in my state is completely batsh*t insane. And she has a safe seat, sadly. You might recall that Foxx is the windbag who declared that the hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard was a hoax. She usually follows the…

House bill released

To no one’s great surprise, the House bill for health care reform includes a public option. When Nancy Pelosi says something is non-negotiable, you’d better believe her. In general, the bill is exactly what most of us thought it would be. The big thing is the Health Insurance Exchange that…

It’s time to put the insurance companies out of their misery

If I were on trial for robbing a house, the last thing in the world I would do is give a series of public lectures on cat burglary techniques. “I’m completely innocent,” I’d say, as the sample lock clicked open. “I’ve lived a clean life. Any questions about the order…

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