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by jhwygirl

Really should be giving credit to supermissoulian Ellie Hill who tweeted on a NYT article, “The Public Plan, Continued“.

It’s a good article that lays out – very plainly – what a public option means; some of the various options of public option health insurance; and a nice overview of the process now that all health reform bills are out of the various committees and heading to merging committees and floor votes.

I like the read, for the fact that not enough main media sources are stepping up and explaining the meaning of the words swirling the artificially inflated controversy over single payer or public option. It also touches on one of the things that I’ve been waiting for – which is the legislative debate. Up until know, much emphasis was placed on one person as if what the committee he heads up puts out is what we are stuck with. We could end up with something very different than that which has been the central focus of all public option single payer advocates – and now is when it will happen.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she and the majority she claims in the house won’t approve anything without a meaningful and real public option. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, is taking a more milder position (he doesn’t seem to want to fight for anything, IMHO) – that a public option isn’t passable. To say that they are at odds, is clearly putting it mildly.

Anyone catch video of Nancy’s cold shoulder to Harry’s shoulder hug this week?

My bet is on the Lady of the House.

There are many who have been working on insurance reform since just as the presidential election finished up. Health insurance reform is the biggest domestic policy attempt in U.S. Congress in generations. We’re only half-way there. Those truly working on meaningful reform been able to focus on the meat-and-potatoes of the issue and not all of the extraneous personality-based coverage that is purposefully the focus of our corporate media. I admire that – because even when I ask them (as I’ve been drawn into it myself) “what in the hell is Max thinking,” they skillfully brush it off and guide the discussion back to the facts and figures and the heart of the issue.

Who benefits from shifting the discussion away from the topic at hand and instead focusing on all the “superstars”? Olympia Snowe, Up and Coming? What sells now that America is numb? Policy or personality? Last week it was Sen. Harry Reid – this week it’ll be Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Maybe we should be talking about the fiscal irresponsibility to the taxpayers and the added cost to health care should there be no real public option instead of Harry v. Nancy, Baucus v Dodd/Kennedy, Republicans v Democrats.

Maybe we should be taking about the 50 million uninsured in America and the effect that has on the cost of health care.

Maybe we should talk about what what the cost is to America if we don’t act.

Because that’s the real news.

by Jay Stevens 

There’s not much the Congress can do to influence the war strategy in Iraq. The legislature really has only two roles in making war: they declare war, and they fund it. Otherwise, they’re just on the sidelines, like the rest of us.

It’s in times like these — when the executive is so obviously incompetent and malignant — that we’d wish it otherwise, especially after an election in which the opposition party experienced a stunning turnaround largely on the basis of the executive’s failed war. There’s also a temptation to insist on an end-around over the Constitution — certainly the President has no aversion to taking power that rightfully belongs to Congress. But I happen to like the Constitution, even if the President and his allies don’t.

As public sentiment grows against the war, the President’s defenders have claimed that Congress could stop the war anytime they please by pulling the funding plug. It’s usually said with a smirk, because they think it would never happen. According to the DC mentality, it would be a PR disaster.

Only Nancy Pelosi is now considering refusing to fund the war if George Bush forges ahead with his plan for escalation.


Now, there are still some out there — notably John McCain and Joe Lieberman — who seem to believe that we can still win in Iraq, and that we shouldn’t leave until we whole-heartedly commit to victory, which necessarily means an escalation of troops in Iraq. If that were, indeed, the case, then Pelosi’s threat would seem to undermine the last chance for victory in the war.

Only that doesn’t seem to be the real reason Bush is considering an escalation. At least, that’s what Joe Biden believes:

“I have reached the tentative conclusion that a significant portion of this administration, maybe even including the vice president, believes Iraq is lost,” Biden said. “They have no answer to deal with how badly they have screwed it up. I am not being facetious now. Therefore, the best thing to do is keep it from totally collapsing on your watch and hand it off to the next guy — literally, not figuratively.”

Biden’s been hardly a dove on the Iraq War, and has, by some accounts, been the least partisan and most practical in his approach on the war. That Biden would say this speaks volumes.

So…the escalation isn’t a last-ditch effort to save the war…it’s a delay tactic to keep the ultimate ignominy of the Iraq War from landing on Bush’s shoulders. In that case, Pelosi is absolutely correct. We should not send more troops to die in Iraq to protect George W Bush’s name.

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