Archive for December 9th, 2009

I’d Hate To See What It Looks Like When He’s Not Trying

Robert Gibbs must be getting paid an awful lot of money for his ability to say this with a straight face:

Q To follow, now that the Democratic senators have reached this compromise on the public option, does the President feel that he did everything he could to push specifically for a public option —


Q — especially since that was his preferred measure of choice and competition?

MR. GIBBS: Yes. And he’s continued to meet with senators in order to make progress. Absolutely.

Indeed, I can’t possibly imagine what more Obama could have done.  I mean, it’s not like the President Of The United States can get on TV to explain why a robust public option is essential to healthcare reform, or twist centrist arms in Congress, or demand a bill that has one and threaten to veto any bill that doesn’t.  Or, y’know, not act like he doesn’t particularly give a shit one way or the other.

December 9th, 2009 at 08:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Wanker Of The Day

Politico’s Victoria McGrane bemoans Barney Frank’s Unbecoming Lack Of Civility:

Barney Frank blows up at people. It’s what he does.


Frank’s trademark flashes of anger and impatience have gained a new prominence in the past year as Frank himself has grown in importance. He’s now chairman of one of the most influential House committees, which takes up financial reform legislation starting Wednesday that is both a political and policy imperative for the Obama administration.

But now financial lobbyists — Democrats and Republicans — say privately that Frank’s actions on regulatory reform have grown as volatile as his moods. Even some of his most ardent defenders acknowledge Frank has a thin skin. And they say the usually measured policymaker is being forced into an usual position: making calculations based on political pressure from fellow Democrats in ways he never needed to in the past.


Some Republicans say they expect more from a committee chairman as powerful as Frank, that he needs to tone down his wisecracking and outsized personality to show he’s serious about heading up efforts to pass such a critical bill.

“He really does lash out at people who criticize what he’s doing with a lot of partisan attacks, that are not based really in fact. They are really just very angry kind of anti-Bush, anti-Republican charges,” said Peter Wallison, a former Reagan administration official who is now co-director of financial policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

“That, I think, is kind of ungracious on his part, or at least on the part of a chairman of a committee. He really shouldn’t be behaving quite as politically and as partisan … as he tends to when he gets under pressure,” Wallison said.

I guess we’ve all been spoiled by how genteel and gracious the Republican committee chairs were during the Duba years.

December 9th, 2009 at 07:58pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Economy,Media,Politics,Wankers

Helpful Tip For Obama

If you want Congressman Conyers to stop “demeaning” you, then stop being a dick.  It’s awfully hard for a lot of progressives to say nice things about a Democratic president who holds so many of their values and priorities in obvious contempt.

December 9th, 2009 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Mission Accomplished!

Potemkin Public Option achieved!

Now to ram it through the House as is without any chance to fix it in committee!

The only silver lining I can see here is that the Senate version at least doesn’t eliminate insurance coverage for abortion (then again, since it doesn’t have a public option, I guess it would be immune to the Stupak Amendment anyway).

Once again, the public option’s survival comes down to the House progressives’ willingness to hold firm on their promise to vote against any healthcare reform bill that doesn’t have one.

4 comments December 9th, 2009 at 07:22am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Healthcare,Politics,Wankers

We’re Number 1!

By a lot:

The United States ranks near the bottom in life expectancy among wealthy nations despite spending more than double per person on health care than the industrialized world’s average, an economic group said Tuesday.

Life expectancy at birth in the U.S. was 78.1 years in 2007, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

That’s a year less than the OECD average of 79.1, and puts the U.S. just ahead of the Czech Republic, Poland and Mexico, where spending on health care is many times less per person, the Paris-based organization said in its latest survey of health trends among its 30 rich member countries.

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Total U.S. spending on health care was $7,290 a person in 2007, nearly two-and-a-half times the OECD average of $2,984. The figures include spending by both individuals and governments.

U.S.A.!  U.S.A.!

Why, it’s almost as if a huge portion of our healthcare dollars were going towards stuff other than healthcare.

December 9th, 2009 at 07:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Healthcare

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