FDL Book Salon Welcomes Lawrence Lessig, Republic, Lost: A Declaration for Independence

By: Saturday October 8, 2011 1:59 pm

Much pundit ink has been spilled pondering why the OccupyWallStreet protest has grown so rapidly and resonated so widely. But the answer is really not difficult to apprehend. Our political system is fundamentally broken by corruption and oligarchical control. Many people know this. They have rationally concluded that voting fixes none of these systemic problems precisely because the problems are systemic. And going out into the street to protest and demand an end to this corruption is the only perceived means of redress.


Health Insurers Are Making You an Offer They Don’t Care If You Refuse

By: Friday March 5, 2010 2:47 pm

“The market concentration for health insurance is so monopolized in some areas that insurance companies are willing to raise prices and lose customers in an effort to improve their bottom line, a leading insurance broker told Wall Street analysts on Wednesday.”

Health Care Stocks Jump for LieberCare Joy

By: Tuesday December 22, 2009 6:19 am

How have the major health insurance company stock performed since Joe Lieberman announced he’d filibuster the public option?

Obama’s Senate Health Care Bill: A “Uniquely American” Idiocy

By: Monday December 21, 2009 3:15 pm

When a German reported called Sen. Inhofe an idiot, he showed America’s media how to treat frauds. Our press should be using that lesson when confronting the White House and Senate leadership for the travesty of a health “reform” bill.

A Robust Public Option Creates Competition

By: Thursday October 15, 2009 2:05 pm


Stopping by the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC last night, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discussed why the AFL-CIO supports health care reform legislation that makes sure Big Insurance doesn’t monopolize the health care field—and why the bill passed this week by the Senate Finance Committee, which does not include a public option, must be improved as it goes through Congress.

Right now as your last guest [Wendell Potter, former Cigna executive] said, American insurance companies have a stranglehold on the health care industry. In 90 percent of the markets, they’re called highly concentrated, or there’s one or two companies that control them. As a result, profits have gone up 1,000 percent and premiums have gone up 300 percent. The only way to hold them accountable is to create competition and the only way you can create competition is with a robust public option.

Alison Stewart, who filled in for Maddow, asked Trumka:

Let’s talk about the public option. Is it a make or break issue?

His answer:


Watch it.

Dear Senator: Please Pass Public Option and Save My Life

By: Thursday October 8, 2009 1:30 pm

Yesterday, grassroots union leaders came to Washington, D.C., to deliver nearly 50,000 letters from people asking—pleading—their senators to listen to their stories and pass health care reform that’s affordable, includes a public option, doesn’t force working families to pay more than we are already, holds insurance corporations accountable and requires employers to pay their fair share.

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