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Did Tom Chamberlain really say this?

HCAN Doesn't Support Single Payer - So Why Does The AFL-CIO Take Orders From Them?

The leader of Oregon's AFL-CIO, Tom Chamberlain, told me during the congressional health insurance reform debates, "I take my marching orders from HCAN."

From a letter written by Richard Ellmyer, candidate for State Representative
District 44 - North Portland May 18, 2010 Democratic Primary Read below the fold...

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Why Time and CNN stink out loud

It is a question of ownership. The current owners are not interested in running news organizations; or even maximizing returns for shareholders. The current ownership regard their news properties and an agit-prop operation to promote their corporate agenda. Read below the fold...

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Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese; live, in concert!

Dear Healthcare-NOW! Supporter:

Monday, April 12 at 8:30 PM Eastern, join in on the Backbone Campaign's conversation with two of the country's prominent single-payer leaders, Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese. Read below the fold...

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Congressional Progressive Caucus after action report

The Huffington Post has a fascinating article about the health care fight from the point of view of one faction of courtiers. Read below the fold...

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Fox Hunt

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Single payer three card monte

Vermont Senate passes health care bill that includes provision for a single payer option

MONTPELIER, VT — With an overwhelming 28-2 vote, the Senate today passed the Healthy Vermont bill (S.88). Senator Doug Racine (D-Chittenden) and the Health and Welfare Committee brought the bill to the Senate floor.

The bill empowers the Health Care Reform Commission to hire a team of experts to custom design a health care system for Vermont. The experts will bring at least three options to the governor and legislature early next year, and one of those options must be a “single payer” plan.

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Department of No Shit Sherlock

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Tasini campaigning in Brooklyn

Senate Candidate Tasini Seeks B’klyn Democrats’ Support

When a club member asked how he could defeat Gillibrand, he was optimistic. “The issues are with me,” he said emphatically.

I will say this for Tasini, his name keeps coming up in my feeds, even though the NYT has declared a blackout on his candidacy. The Green candidates I have feeds for seem to be invisible, even on blogs. Read below the fold...

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How health insurance parasites inflate earnings per share

PNHP Blog: Why are insurers buying back their shares?

But when a corporation buys back stock, it is not for the purpose of contracting operations, but rather it is to pump up the per share value. It is not merely a coincidence that this increases the value of the large blocks of shares held by top management and the board of directors, by increasing the percentage of ownership in the company. New stock issues dilute ownership, whereas stock repurchases concentrate ownership.

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Helicopter Ben calls for looting our retirement

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“The arithmetic is unfortunately quite clear. To avoid large and unsustainable budget deficits, the nation will ultimately have to choose among higher taxes, modifications to entitlement programmes such as Social Security and Medicare, less spending on everything else from education to defence, or some combination of the above.”

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The coming disillusion with the Health Care law

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Health care overhaul spawns mass confusion for public

"They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

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Tasini campaign not 'fit to print'?

NYT Erases Progressive Senate Candidate

Over the course of the past year, the New York Times has provided ample coverage to a series of potential U.S. Senate candidates from New York--none of whom are actually running for office. Meanwhile, a candidate who is in fact challenging incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in the September 2010 primary has been all but erased from the picture.

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Pelosi appoints 3 Democrats to the Steal Our Retirement Commission

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Pelosi Appoints Three House Democrats to President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

WASHINGTON, March 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced that she has appointed three House Democrats to President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. This commission will be responsible for working in a bipartisan way to propose steps to address our long-term debt, bring down the deficit, and ensure that the federal government returns to fiscal discipline.

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Hapsburgs attack the Romanovs

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Murdoch's Journal launches war against the New York Times

Rupert Murdoch "is engaged in a form of psychological warfare", writes the Washington Post's media commentator Howard Kurtz.

He argues that the decision by Murdoch's Wall Street Journal to publish a daily New York news and sports section is more than just a local dust-up with the New York Times.

Clearly the New York Times is vulnerable. Read below the fold...

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