Obama buries the public option, worries about brand image.
Via Marc Ambinder:
White House advisers and Democratic strategists concede that President Obama's poll numbers are at post-inauguration lows, and that the public has grown queasy about the health care debate. But they insist that the discontent has its roots in disenchantment over Washington's ways...
[Welcome, Glenn Greenwald readers! Of course, that the White House would insult the left over the vacuous Public Option Trojan Sparkle Pony, which career "progressives" were running a bait and switch operation to sell, while suppressing single payer, makes the meta almost overwhelming, doesn't it? --lambert] Read more about Obama White House "Mystified" By The "Left of the Left's" Commitment to Public Option
Is the era of new politics over?
Via the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.
Via the AP:
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration filed court papers Monday claiming a federal marriage law discriminates against gays, even as government lawyers continue to defend the law.
Justice Department lawyers are seeking to dismiss a suit brought by a gay California couple challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. The administration's response to the case has angered gay activists who see it as backtracking on campaign promises made by Barack Obama.
In the court papers, the administration urges the repeal of the law but says in the meantime, government lawyers will continue to defend it as a law on the books.
[Welcome, Small Dead Animals readers! --lambert]
New poll shows Canadians overwhelmingly support public health care
Group says advocates of private system are out of touch with most Canadians
Last Tuesday night I emailed Barney Frank(my rep.) after becoming incensed with his recent comments claiming advocating for Medicare for All, which he’s “always supported” was “suicide”. I told Mr. Read more about Let Your Congressperson Hear you Say It: Medicare for All
She's just going to scare the old folks to death.
Via Big Tent Democrat:
Really bringing the stupid - the new leader of the idiots - Sarah Palin:
As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!
. . . The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
Sometimes your words come back to haunt you. I know I had an exchange with someone here about what a jackass Bill Maher is. And, whomever it was said yeah, but sometimes he's right...and I said, no he's a sexist tool who has nothing worthwhile to offer. You only like him when you agree with him, yada, yada, yada. Well, tonight he most definitely has something to offer. If you have HBO, watch. Tell your friends to watch. Tell your neighbors to watch. Tell your Congressperson to watch.
Obama’s doctor on Bill Maher’s show Aug. 7
HARRISBURG - A bill to open Pennsylvania's government-subsidized health-insurance program to 85,000 more lower-income adults won House approval yesterday.
But the chances of this bill reaching Gov. Rendell's desk appear bleak.
The lines of battle over the economic salvation of America and our working class are now crystal clear. It is Republicans and BlueDogs together on one side, acting in furtherance of the same Corporatists who ran public policy under Reagan and the Bushs, versus the rest of us.
What was a back-room systematic undermining of anything remotely effective in the way of an economic stimulus bill is now an open threat: Read more about The enemy within - BlueDogs join with Republicans to enslave the working class and destroy America
So my job is the push the new administration "from the left," if my blogging can said to have a constructive purpose. It's always fun to read more popular bloggers when they get snarky and angry in the way I'm prone to be most of the time, as I review the proposals and behaviors of the new administration. No one here is shocked by the already numerous "disappointments" from the administration, but I do wonder how long the majority in this country is going to keep giving Obama high approval ratings. Read more about Stupid, Cowardly, Incompetent or Lying? or: Being a Democrat isn't Really So Hard
There is a Republicans for Single Payer group. Please forward the link to your Republican friends. The idea will seem less threatening if it comes from a Republican voice.
There are many Republicans today who are out of work and just discovering the hard realities of the American Health Neglect System. I am not just talking about unemployed White House or Capitol Hill operatives, I mean rank and file Republicans all over the country. They are going to start bringing their health care nightmare's to their Senators, and with luck that will give us the opening we need. Read more about Republicans for Single Payer Health Care
This post is the first of a series preparing for Thursday's National Call in Day. Some general considerations in contacting politicians:
In a post-anthrax world it is necessary to use the web/email contact form, telephone, or personal visit to the district office. Regular mail is delayed for weeks because of post-anthrax security procedures.
ALWAYS be courteous. It is not possible to over emphasize the importance of this.
ALWAYS be brief and to the point. No one has time to read your flowing periods. That is what blogs are for. Read more about Preparing for National Call in Day: Republican Senators
Quite a list here of who he's meeting with and learning from, and those supposedly "sensible Republicans" are far outnumbered by the usual warmongering criminal ones -- but all is not lost: he's actually read 2 whole books by non-warmongers! (but not spoken to them or met with them or asked them for advice)
... Besides reaching out to Mr. Scowcroft, Mr. Obama has also called former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, a Reagan administration official who is known in some foreign policy circles as the father of the Bush doctrine because of his advocacy of preventive war. It is unclear what the two men talked about.