Interview w/ Noam Chomsky: #Occupy’s Number One Target Should Be Concentrations of Private Power (video)

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 5:00 pm

Off the release of his new publication, OCCUPY (Occupied Media Pamphlet Series), Laura Flanders (GRITtv) sat down with MIT professor Noam Chomsky to reflect on the grim state of America, and the role activists have to play in turning it around.


Landrieu Invents Unholy Grail of Worthless Public Option Gimmicks

By: Thursday December 3, 2009 5:55 pm

It appears Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has created the unholy grail of terrible gimmicks meant to cripple the public option. It is a several-year-delayed, triggered, state-based, non-public co-op limited to the exchange option. . . . If Senate Democrats think they can pass a bill forcing Americans to buy extremely expensive junk insurance from for-profit corporations, with only the vague promise that possibly, after five more years of abuse, they might get the to choose a completely unworkable, state-based, non-public “alternative,” they are in for a rude awakening.

Carper’s No Good, Super Terrible, Completely Awful, New New New “Alternative” to the Public Option

By: Wednesday November 11, 2009 8:19 am

What Carper did was take the two worst aspects of the two most worthless ideas (a trigger and zero government oversight), and combine them into one super-awful proposal. The entity created is not national, would not be large enough to negotiate low rates, would not be available on day one, and would not answer to Congress. Carper has created a “trigger for co-ops” proposal in an attempt to get 60 votes, but, not only would the idea do nothing to help control costs, but it needlessly weakens two worthless ideas Snowe already supports.

Blanche Lincoln Signals Support for Triggers, but Not for Anything Worth Triggering

By: Tuesday October 20, 2009 8:50 am

  Blanche Lincoln is working hard to become the most stalwart defender of the for-profit health insurance industry among Senate Democrats (that is an impressive accomplishment because Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman are giving her a real run for her money).   Last week, Blanche Lincoln said she was maybe open to a delayed trigger [...]

Baucus/Conrad Co-Ops a Weak Alternative to For-Profit Insurance

By: Monday September 21, 2009 5:45 pm

I highly recommend read this new Reuters story on how useless Conrad’s idea of small statewide co-ops would be. The story quotes several experts who all agree with what most of the progressive community has been saying for months. The co-ops would be so legally restricted by Baucus’s bill that they would have little to no impact on health insurance in this country.

The Max Tax: Seven Important Facts in the Baucus CBO Report

By: Thursday September 17, 2009 6:01 am

Today Baucus released the Chairman’s mark of his health care reform bill along with a CBO report on the legislation. I’ve found 7 interesting and important issues in the report. 1. It looked like Baucus purposely left himself a small possible giveaway to liberals. His bill in fact saves $49 billion, which could be used to increase subsidies by that amount while still keeping it budget neutral.

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