Archive for March 19th, 2010

Okay, Now Healthcare Reform Is Complete.

Welcome to the under-the-bus club!

The House Rules Committee releases the reconciliation bill through which it will vote on the measure that passed the Senate in December. As expected, the LGBT- and HIV-specific provisions that passed by the House in November will not be included in the final bill, reports HRC Backstory.

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Expanding the Early Treatment for HIV Act would allow states to cover early HIV treatment under Medicaid instead of withholding treatment and funding until patients develop full-blown AIDS. That’s very important for black and Latino gay men, who are disproportionately without insurance and often learn they are HIV positive in later stages. Rod 2.0 reported in December and February the Senate and the Administration were likely to kill those provisions.

Can’t wait until the White House and Congress start “working on ENDA” once they’re “done” with health care …

I reckon that by the time they finish making bipartisan “compromises” on ENDA, the only minority group it will protect from discrimination will be rich white men.

March 19th, 2010 at 06:25pm Posted by Eli

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

Upping The Ante Against DADT Repeal

Accusing gay troops of damaging unit cohesion is so 2009.  If you really want to make the case against DADT repeal, accuse them of allowing genocide.

Awesome.

March 19th, 2010 at 11:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers,War

Enronsurance

Scarecrow draws parallels between the lack of a public option in the healthcare reform bill and the lack of a public pool in the California energy market… which helped lead directly to Enron’s profiteering and CA’s rolling blackouts.  Very encouraging.  This bit in particular really pisses me off:

And we see the middlemen and their political supporters in Congress deliberately hobbling the public plan, raising its costs, and restricting access to that public option, on the theory that we shouldn’t do anything to undermine the current private insurance industry. After all, they argue, private markets are always more efficient than a government operation.

Riiiight.  Just like the insurance industry is more efficient than Medicare.  This is a completely bullshit argument which is used to obscure the real calculation, which is that healthcare “reform” must enrich rather than enfeeble the healthcare industry which donates so generously to congressmembers of both parties.

Our campaign finance system is so corrupt and fucked up that this is now the way of all reform: That it must be structured to benefit, or at least not harm, the very industries whose irresponsible greed and malfeasance created the need for reform in the first place.

Needless to say, this perverse constraint is not exactly a great foundation for effective reform legislation.  Unless you’re the healthcare industry, or the financial industry, or the energy industry, or…

March 19th, 2010 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Healthcare,Obama,Politics,Wankers


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