Archive for October 9th, 2009

by jhwygirl

Just read it, here.

by jhwygirl

…because “he’s funny as hell and the,” according to his Wikipedia page.

Getting to the point…Jim Messina, Deputy Chief of Staff for President Obama is in town to enjoy this weekends festivities, I’m sure. Jim Messina who used to live here in Missoula. Jim Messina who graduated University of Montana. He will be out and about, and you just might run into him.
jim messina

See what a great nice looking guy he looks like. Very approachable…extremely pleasant. Look – I don’t want anyone to miss the possibility of, say, passing a note to Mr. Messina and telling him that you support a public option and a single payer system. You can add some of the other stuff that’s been written around here too, but really, you can keep it short and sweet and I’m sure he’d probably appreciate a certain economy to your words. I do believe he deserves some time off from the pressures of D.C., and in that respect, I’ll personally pledge to ignore his next two stops here after health insurance reform is passed.

But for now? Pass him a note if you get the chance.

by jhwygirl

I’ve found this, from the Huffington Post….Last Friday, Schweitzer is quoted with a pretty darn clear statement in support of a single-payer system of health care:

“I ask [Canadian officials] a lot about their system,” he said. “And they ask a lot about our system. And I read a lot of Canadian press. And one thing I noticed about Canada is that they are flummoxed about this debate we have down here from time to time when someone lobs an insult to the Canadian health care system. I’ll tell you folks there is a better chance of someone getting struck by lightening in Canada then there is for a Canadian to come to the United States to get their health care. And yet, we are disparaging a system that has been working in Saskatchewan, my neighbor, since 1946.”

Still more, from The Atlantic:

On health care, Schweitzer and other governors have expressed concern that health care reform will amount to an unfunded mandate to force states to cover more people. After a few jokes about Washington, Schweitzer admitted that he wouldn’t support reform “if the end result of this bill is to shift the cost of this bill to the states that have to balance budgets. Forty eight states are in budget deficit.” Montana’s cash reserves, he noted, are at historic highs.

What about the public option? Schweitzer, in an amusing and winding story, noted that the most respected person in Canadian history isn’t their founder, it’s the man who instituted universal single-payer health care.

“So you like the public option?” Weisberg asked bluntly.

Schweitzer summed up. “I like the public option.”

That’s pretty crystal, no?

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