Don’t you let that deal go down …

by JC

For those of you who are following the vote in the House on health care reform instead of watching March Madness, consider this an open thread.

boehner & McConnell

Since it cost a lot to win
and even more to lose
You and me bound to spend some time
wondring what to choose

And for a treat, check out the Grateful Dead video and full lyrics, Knickerbocker Arena, March 28th, 1993…

This was recorded as President Clinton was gearing up to push for health care in the first months of his presidency. I wonder if there was any connection…???

Since it cost a lot to win
and even more to lose
You and me bound to spend some time
wondring what to choose

Goes to show you don’t ever know
Watch each card you play
and play it slow
Wait until your deal come round
Don’t you let that deal go down

I been gambling here abouts
for ten good solid years
If I told you all that went down
it would burn off both your ears

It goes to show you don’t ever know
Watch each card you play
and play it slow
Wait until your deal come round
Don’t you let that deal go down

Since you poured the wine for me
and tightend up my shoes
I hate to leave you sittin there
composin lonesome blues

It goes to show you don’t ever know
Watch each card you play
and play it slow
Wait until your deal come round
Don’t you let that deal go down
Don’t you let that deal go down, no
Don’t you let your deal go down

  1. problembear

    pass the bill already. it is 99% useless but at least then we can concentrate on other things like stopping two costly wars that are accomplishing nothing.

    now that there is no public option passed by the feds, we can also concentrate on schweitzer passing public option health insurance in montana and making our state the delaware of health care for every fortune 500 company in the world.

    the taxes and jobs created would be immense. it would dwarf anything montana has ever mined in its history in terms of economic impact. and without the pollution for arsenic tainted heap/leech gold and silver, the coal-fields and an open-pit copper mine.

    passing a good inexpensive public option for businesses to offer for their employees would dwarf all the money made for all the minerals this state has ever exported. and the jobs would be ours.

    • You got it completely right there, problembear.

      The bill does allow states to institute its own programs – and Montana will be able to, if it chooses, to institute a public option to complete with the two health insurance companies that hold over 85% of the state’s health coverage.

      One would hope that legislators on both sides of the aisle see how advantageous a public option health insurance would be to economic development in the state.

      Everyone knows that small business is the bulk of America’s economy. Health care insurance is a huge impediment.

      That is not an exaggeration.

      Just – JUST – in the last few hours I stopped in at a new mapping and trails and guide books store – pretty cool place, actually – and the owner was talking to someone, telling them how he was looking for a part-time job with the state or the feds just to get healthcare.

      So he either has none now or it is such a huge burden on his start-up business that he is considering employment with someone else, taking himself away from his own.

      That’s not business-friendly.

      Rural states are at a real disadvantage with the lack of competition. Montana can take the funding coming out of this bill and create a larger pool of insureds that eases up our current burden in Medicaid.

      If we’re smart.

    • Mark t

      Hope you have better luck stopping the wars than on health care. Seems to me Democrats elect a whole lotta weak people to office. If not that, then scoundrels. Some choice!

    • Holy F. I hadn’t even considered this before. If only we can get Brian off TV long enough to listen.

      • problembear

        it’s a simple concept. surely the Governor knows this:
        if you want to drain the tub all you have to do is find the lowest spot and pull the plug….

        • problembear

          the question is not whether brian schweitzer understands that public option could prove a bonanza for this state if it were done right….

          the question is whether the health insurance parasites have gotten to him already (hence his silence) or whether he has the moral fortitude to ignore their bribery to prevent him from attempting this.

          they know that one state offering public option would spell doom for them and their profits and they will pull every dirty trick in the book to prevent it.

          • problembear

            our state once had the lowest energy prices in the country. MPC owned all of its own energy sources and energy grid….

            enron and goldman sachs bribed governor mark racicot to steal that away for quick profits.

            it would be no problem for health insurance parasites to make mr schweitzer an offer through their servant, max baucus.

            every man has his price. maybe it will be the vice-presidency in 2012?

            all he has to do is nothing.

  2. Jerry was certainly on his game. Good pick…all the way around.

  3. Mr. Bonneau from St Angel

    Gonna cost a lot if it wins.

  4. problembear

    it already costs us a lot mr Bonneau. or do you get your health insurance free?

  5. Mr. Bonneau from St Angel

    I’m watching March Madness instead watching the President take my health insurance away.

    My bracket’s in better shape than his. Still hoping for a Northern Iowa type underdog to shut down the favorite in the House, though.

  6. problembear

    gonna have to translate that last one for me Mr B. are you telling me that you have medicare insurance and you believe the teabagger’s lies that it will be taken away?

  7. Mark t

    You get your health insurance by paying exhorbitant fees to private insurers, who skim 20-30% off the top. Obama and the Democrats are going to subsidize that process.

    WTF you complaining about. It was a bad system. They made it worse. You should be toasting them.

  8. Mr. Bonneau from St Angel

    The bottles stand as empty
    as they were filled before
    Time there was and plenty
    but from that cup no more
    Though I could not caution all I yet may warn a few:
    Don’t lend your hand to raise no flag
    atop no ship of fools

  9. Mark t

    Profound. OK then. I’m done thinking about your profound thought. What have you got for us really ? Is this it?

  10. Annie's husband

    If you’d pull your head out of your fundament, you’d figure out the Saturday night basketball/Grateful Dead thread isn’t here for profundity.

    If you’re so recondite, lay some kind philosophy on me, but don’t expect me to be Grateful, bud.

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