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  •  Just learned he's coming here to Cleveland (7+ / 0-)

    for a townhall meeting Thursday, after a tour of the Cleveland Clinic. Given the disparity that institution represents in access to health care — wealthy sheiks fly in from the middle east for state-of-the-art treatment but folks a block away on Cedar can't always get basic care — this couldn't be more appropriate. Welcome, President Obama!

    Rob Portman: He sent your job to China.

    by anastasia p on Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 01:35:04 PM PDT

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    •  America: The Best Healthcare... (9+ / 0-)

      That No One Can Afford

      Do Ask, Do Tell, And Get the Hell Over It!

      by wry twinger on Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 01:36:49 PM PDT

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      •  Breaking!! Word has just come (4+ / 0-)
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        of a single payer amendment, courtesy of Eliot Engel, one of the original sponsors of the bill. This is similar to the Kucinich ammendment, except that it is not on a state-by-state basis.

        Please ask Congressman to vote yes to amendment 676, You can find the relevant contact info here!! and please keep up the hard work. I've put everything aside for the next two days to do this an I know plenty of others have as well. When you write the letters they need to be very personalized. Also, the LA Times word limit is 750-850, whereas most local rags and probably regional as well are 150-250 words, which is like two short paragraphs. So I suggest writing one long letter lambasting all at once and sending it to the LA Times separately.

        I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

        by tote on Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 01:39:13 PM PDT

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        •  Breaking the bill as it is would drastically help (2+ / 0-)
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          chronically ill Americans.

          I wrote about that in my diary.

          And already broken: single payer has zero chance of passing, so wasting time advocating for it just makes the bill's chances of passing less.

          But there are some who are so convinced that single payer is the only option that they are willing to keep 48 million Americans in the waiting room for decades just to win the argument; even if that means opposing a bill which would , according to the CBO, insure 39 million more Americans.

          •  No, it's not about that (2+ / 0-)
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            It's about leverage. These two bills still have to be reconciled between their committees. The more progressive the individual bills, the less chance of them being watered down. Not to mention the message it sends the Senators on the Finance committee.

            I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

            by tote on Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 01:49:00 PM PDT

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      •  Oil sheiks can! (0+ / 0-)

        Last time I was at the Cleveland Clinic for a health-care event, it was a John McCain townhall meeting about a year ago, in which he couldn't tell us exactly how his plan was going to help us get access to health care. During the Q&A, the director of a community health clinic asked what he would do to make sure that older people and those with disabilities could find coverage they could afford. His response was "Well, uh...I'd, uh, talk to the governors of the states, and uh, see what ideas we could come up with. Maybe the government would have to do something, but I want the government to do as little as possible."

        It was clear he had no clue.

        Rob Portman: He sent your job to China.

        by anastasia p on Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 02:59:17 PM PDT

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