Archive for March 22nd, 2010

Rhetorical Backflip Of The Day

From David Vitter’s Stand With Me To Repeal Obamacare e-mail blast:

And, instead of listening to us, [my opponent Charlie Melancon] voted three times for last year’s Obama budget that included the very reconciliation tool being used to railroad Obamacare into law, knowing full well how it would be used.

So… Vitter is attacking a Representative for voting yes on a budget that was passed via reconciliation in the Senate? Which is what reconciliation is actually for?

Wow.

Honorable Mention goes to Randy Neugebauer:

Texas Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer acknowledged Monday that he is the lawmaker who shouted out “baby killer” during a floor speech by Rep. Bart Stupak, an antiabortion Democrat whose vote was crucial to passing the Democratic healthcare bill Sunday evening.

(…)

Neugebauer said his exact words, referring to that agreement, were “it’s a baby killer.”

Right.  Because that’s totally a phrase people use.

(h/t Julia for the Neugebauer quote)

March 22nd, 2010 at 08:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Wait… WHAT???

When I first saw this in my inbox, I thought maybe it was sarcasm, but no:

Thank you, Progressive Caucus, for improving health care reform

Dear Progressive Members of Congress:

Thanks to you, and the tough positions you took on reforming the health insurance industry, significant progress was made towards reforming health care in this country. We thank you for representing the majority opinions on health care reform throughout the debate and voting for change.

Sincerely,

[Insert your name here, etc, etc.)

I’m supposed to thank them for caving? I’m supposed to thank them for backing down from their pledge to vote against any healthcare reform bill that didn’t have a public option, even though a public option was almost surely attainable through reconciliation?  I’m supposed to thank them for looking the other way when Obama and Pelosi made their deal with Pelosi and legitimized the Hyde Amendment with an executive order?  Are you kidding me???

The progressive caucus had the power to force Obama to choose between the healthcare industry and anti-choice fanatics or passing his signature reform which he wanted more than anything… and they threw it away without getting anything in return.

Thanks, but no thanks.

1 comment March 22nd, 2010 at 07:56pm Posted by Eli

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

Monday Media Blogging

In honor of Obama and the Democrats, especially the progressive and pro-choice caucuses:

1 comment March 22nd, 2010 at 11:47am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Defining Victory Down

Choice

President Obama says “every American will finally be guaranteed affordable, high quality health care coverage.”  The DSCC says “insurance companies won’t be able to drop people who get sick.”  And MoveOn calls it “a major progressive victory.”  But what did we actually get?

We got mandates that deliver a huge captive market to the insurance companies whose callousness and greed caused the healthcare crisis in the first place, and no public option to provide an honest alternative.  We got government subsidies for low-income families who will be forced to buy insurance they can’t afford to use.  And worst of all, we got the biggest giveaway ever on women’s reproductive rights, and an executive order enshrining the Hyde Amendment into official government policy… issued by a president who once pledged to repeal it.

We didn’t get legalization of drug reimportation from other countries, or permission for Medicare to use its bargaining power to get better drug prices.  And we sure as hell didn’t get the public option that Obama claimed to be such a huge supporter of, but never raised a finger for – even when it was attainable through reconciliation.  I am also not entirely convinced that the anti-rescission language is all that much stronger than current law, nor that the bill provides for any effective means to enforce it.

This was not a triumphant victory for anyone but the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, and the enemies of a woman’s right to choose.  It was a monstrous, multi-directional sellout, and Obama and the Democrats will reap the electoral whirlwind in November and 2012 for passing a bill that most Americans hate.

If this is victory, then why do I feel so defeated?

March 22nd, 2010 at 07:39am Posted by Eli

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


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