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The US House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on one of the many required, but in this case crucial, steps to beginning an overhaul of the chaotic situation of American health care. By all accounts the vote is close, which is really pathetic. What is being proposed in the US is a baby step…

Health insurance companies shouldn’t exist

2009 was a dismal year, economically speaking — unless you were a health insurer:

Health insurance company whacked

If you want to know why I despise every Republican Senator and Democratic Senators Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh, Blanche Lincoln, Max Baucus, “Independent (of morals)” Joe Lieberman and probably a bunch more whose names I am repressing, it’s because they enable and support and help entrench as the bedrock of our health care system, insurance…

US health care system pronounced healthy

Rush Limbaugh has done a personal biopsy of the US health care system and found it healthy:

Health deform, Second Amendment edition

We’re only just learning some of the crap that’s in this health care deform compromise/giveaway to the insurance industry, but some of it has come out (via the Manager’s Amendment .pdf [and I admit I don’t exactly know what this is except it contains legislative language allegedly in the bill]). For starters, rest easy. Your…

Health care deform

We are on record as favoring single-payer health care and taking certain things like vaccines out of the market system, but beyond that we don’t do much health care politics here. But we have opinions, like everyone does, opinions formed by working for more than four decades within the health care and public health professions.…

The uninsured and surviving an accident

Swine flu is a special danger to the young, but the biggest danger to the young is not an infectious disease but unintentional accidents. No matter what your age accident is among the top ten causes of death, but for those between the ages of 1 and 44 it is number one. Prevention oriented accident…

Franken-sense: it’s about time

Al Franken may have made his name as a comedian on Saturday Night Live, but as a Senator (D-MN) he’s a force to reckon with. In this clip from hearings this week he nails a witness from the right wing Hudson Institute pimping for the health care industry. Her claim? That health care reform would…

The ass is Grassley

We’ve said both nice things and not so nice things about Finance Committee ranking Republican on health care, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), most recently not-so-nice things. Things like calling him morally corrupt, a liar and a gold-plated hypocrite. Things like that. We know he hears us because his office complained to a colleague about it. Now,…

Chuck Grassley’s feet of clay

We’ve been rather kind to Senator Charles (Chuck) Grassley in the past. Yes, he’s a right wing Republican with some really odious ideas, ideas for which he deserves to be criticized. But he’s also been a champion of the Federal False Claims Act which has encouraged and protected whistleblowers to reveal how corporations have taken…