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JUST GIVE ME THE EFFING PUBLIC OPTION

My usual, shall we euphemize, casual posting schedule has been further restricted by an impending move which, although it’s but a stone’s throw away*, is conspiring with insanely hot-for-Portland weather to take my free time from zero to somewhat less than. But I did want to drop by and just…

Health care debtors prison

I’ve been hearing this “no one in America goes without health care because of the emergency room” line from Republicans since at least the 90s. At least Mitch McConnell accepts that this isn’t, to use his word, “efficient”, though of course he neglects to mention that 20,000 Americans die every…

Health care in the U.S. – stop bickering and fix it

UPDATE: People have pointed me to this DKos diary, where it appears Holmes was not diagnosed with a brain tumor, but a cyst, and she has repeatedly appeared on TV claiming the tumor story. While that’s not particularly surprising, that even underscores the bottom line is her story proves we…

The dangers of imbuing moral danger on health concerns

I hesitated to comment on this whole situation of concern trolls claiming that Regina Benjamin is too fat to be the surgeon general, because while trolling for trolls can be fun, I feel there’s a big gap between men who concern troll women’s weight in blog comments and anyone who…

So-called abortion party story really about health care access

Via Broadsheet, I found this story about an actual so-called “abortion party”. I say “so-called”, because feminists have been joking that conservatives think we have abortion parties to celebrate the sexual pleasure of having an abortion, that we may even deliberately get pregnant just so we can abort. Because they’ll…

You can’t make an omelette without killing a few centenarians

Perhaps if MDs still took these as payment, like they did when the questioner’s mother was young, we wouldn’t be having this disagreement The arguments against public health care fall into one of two camps: Lies and obfuscations. The latter is on display here: A woman in the audience told…

Neither A Mathemetician Nor A Doctor Be

Here’s Mickey “Goatse” Kaus on rising healthcare costs: Ezra Klein warns that if nothing is done to control the cost of health care, in 20 years we’ll be spending 26.7% of our GDP on it. Is that all? I was thinking the figure would be much higher. … P.S.: I…

Slicing up this bill just means more bills

All I think really needs to be said about Obama’s speech last night is that I continue to be concerned that he’s sticking to the catastrophic-times-mean-catastrophic responses line. I mean, it’s true and it might be the only thing he’s got, so I can’t hold it against him, but it…

Pay For Me, Argentina

Although I’m sure that she’ll keep it up, I’m not sure that Dr. Helen’s plan of acting like a total dick is going to convince my generation that universal health care is a bad idea. At first, I balked at this plan (and it is not certain, of course, that…

Universal health care to economically empower women

Obama’s out there talking about what needs to happen to get the economy moving again—a giant public works project that would employ people and build infrastructure, as opposed to spending money to set it on fire, as we’re doing in the war in Iraq. I’ve seen concerns—though I apologize, I…

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