A huge find from Maine: Do Obama and the 3 "free trade agreements" have a hidden agenda of using "free trade", "standstill","ratchet" and ISDS lock-in as a scam or pretext to block affordable public health care in the US?
You know how sometimes you're looking around for something and can't find it and then it suddenly turns up and it was right in front of you, but just somewhere you forgot to look? Well, this 2006 PDF "DRAFT Assessment—for Citizen Trade Policy Commission review Report to the Health Care Subcommittee of the Maine CTPC" contains a totally on topic explanation of the core free-trade-agreement vs. affordable health care issues from, of all places, Lambert's home state of Maine. Read more about A huge find from Maine: Do Obama and the 3 "free trade agreements" have a hidden agenda of using "free trade", "standstill","ratchet" and ISDS lock-in as a scam or pretext to block affordable public health care in the US?
Over the last few weeks we've been seeing a drama slowly unfold in the UK. We in the US should be watching this very closely, because our own fate is closely tied to the fate of the Brits. Unfortunately, the US media, controlled as it is by five corporations, is almost completely blanking out the UK story. And the very few US stories that have mentioned it are neglecting to tell us the core issues at all, of course. Why? Because it's a trip down the rabbit hole they call neoliberalism. Read more about The Number Two Reason Canadian Healthcare is Free And Equal to All Canadians
UK anti-TTIP protests reflect urgent need in both US and UK for explicit "carve outs" in FTAs to protect the full health care policy space, including single payer, an NHS system or whatever is necessary to bring about real affordable health care
From euractiv comes an article about the uproar over NHS privatization.. which is being blotted out of the UK media...
UK anti-TTIP protests to focus on NHS privatisation.
I'm quoting it here:
“Locking in liberalisation laws”
But protestors are still worried that once a service is privately owned, it will become “extremely difficult” to renationalise it.
Single Payer Groups Agree - Secret Trade Deals Are Stealth War On Real Affordable Health Care, Attempt to Void Democracy
They Can't Hide This Crime Forever!
http://www.pdacommunity.org/home/94-esj-articles/3194-secret-tpp-deal-wo... Read more about Single Payer Groups Agree - Secret Trade Deals Are Stealth War On Real Affordable Health Care, Attempt to Void Democracy
INT. OFFICE -- DAY
An OFFICIOUS GENTLEMAN sits at a desk and regards a VISITOR'S somewhat awkward entrance. An empty chair faces the desk.
Hello, is this the, uh... progressive blogosphere?
Oh, yes indeed! In fact, this is the A-list of the selfsame!
Ah, very good! Very good.
I had some questions.
I admit it, I signed Firedoglake's "kill the bill" petition, and due to that momentary burst of enthusiasm, I am now on the FDL mailing list.
Today I received this gem in my Inbox:
You were one of almost 40,000 activists who signed our petition to kill the Senate's bill - thanks so much for your support.
While the Senate's terrible health care bill passed early on Christmas Eve, the fight is far from over. Each chamber of Congress has to vote for a final bill that has yet to be shaped. At that point, President Obama's signature will deliver the final word on health care reform.
What's going on with the latest health care kabuki theater in the "progressive", er, regressive blogosphere? Well, apparently quite a bit, in the last couple of days.
Let's review. Ezra Klein has already dutifully picked up on the cues I spoke of last week, and has begun asplaining to us dummies out here how the public option really isn't all that important. Read more about What's The Plan, Man?
How we look at things matters.
How we choose to look at things matters.
How we think about things matters.
If we assume, as our fearless unelected leaders in the occult cabal clique-who-must-be-obeyed have, that outcome A is hopeless, we will clearly be unable to take steps to achieve outcome A.
This is negative future projection, and it is a cognitive style with behavioral implications.
Weirdly enough, this aberrant cognitive style has gone viral, and has nearly wiped out Medicare Equality for All, as an outcome.
It's like one of those dog-torture scenarios: delivering electric shocks that are unavoidable, so the dog sinks deeper and deeper into hopelessness, then goes belly-up, and submits and dies. Read more about Negative Future Projection Vs. Medicare Equality for All
This from Susie's blog stuck in my mind:
I blame the collapse of health care reform in the 90s with the Brittney/Christina/N’Sync/etc. wave of music a few years later. Day jobs that artists generally take stopped paying for health insurance, and parents stopped supporting their twenty-somethings trying for a creative career. Probably is also a big chunk of the reason for the collapse of the indie film scene in the US.
I know we take now that lack of support for anything non-MBA for granted, and the era of grunge soon turned into another bubble. But the early 90s were different. Read more about Did this happen? If it did, then it's the Gen X Smoking Gun.
Reposting from Ms. Madrak:
I just got off a conference call with Arlen Specter where I asked him why the Democrats don’t talk about the wave of entrepreneurship that would be unleashed if people knew they could leave their jobs, start a business and still get affordable health coverage for themselves and their families.
Just one anecdote, and a mild one at that. I know: the plural of "anecdote" is not "data". So take it as you will.
My Mom is enrolled via Medicare part C in an HMO whose name will be changed to protect the people working for it who bent the rules a bit. I'll refer to it as MPCHMO. Mom is mostly pretty much happy with MPCHMO. Bear that in mind as you read.
Mom recently found herself suffering from a bewildering array of vague symptoms which were reducing her quality of life dramatically. Age-related? She decided to check it out. Read more about Mom's experience with Medicare part C
This past Sunday, Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) looked into our future and saw a single-payer health care system in it!
It's in our face," McDermott told a university healthcare group in a speech, according to the Monterey County Herald. "We can't avoid it. That's why something is going to happen."
"There will be a campaign to support this from the grass roots. You need to place pressure on your congressman," he said. "They will react to people asking them, why don't you do something? There's no question people can make a real impact."
Greetings! My name is Katie Robbins and I am the Assistant National Coordinator for Healthcare-NOW! and I will be "live blogging" right here on building the movement for single-payer national health care tonight, Sunday, November 23rd from 5pm -6pm! Please bring questions, ideas, and topics to discuss. Read more about Live Blog Tonight at 5pm - Healthcare-NOW!
The second of my chosen areas of emphasis is getting Single Payer Health Care more into the public awareness and mainstream thinking, and, of course, ultimately to get HR 676 or something very like it passed into law in this country. Read more about Work to do! my part 2: Single Payer Health Care