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  •  Seriously. She's so progressive she forgot to (7+ / 0-)

    fight for the public option.

    She's an Obama type of progressive, which isn't progressive at all.

    •  Agree, she's not a progressive (6+ / 0-)

      But she's not a Blue Dog, either.  

      I also have problems with her positions on breast cancer public policy. They're kind of naive and not based on scientific evidence.

      I'm glad he appointed a woman, though.

      •  Yet As a Whole (13+ / 0-)

        She's not that bad on the issues:

        http://www.ontheissues.org/...

        I think that she is a progressive, though she is not as far left as me -- and she is more of a "ball-player" than I am.

        But as far as ideology goes, it will be nice to have someone in the position who is not simply downright insulting to the base.

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        by bink on Tue Apr 05, 2011 at 03:45:56 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure (0+ / 0-)

        ...how much that stuff matters as head of the DNC. She's more in charge of propagating the party's message than she is of crafting the message.

        "We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." - Benjamin Franklin

        by CaptUnderpants on Tue Apr 05, 2011 at 05:24:14 PM PDT

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        •  It shows (1+ / 0-)
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          What level of leadership and critical thinking skills she has.  

          We may have elected an inexperienced Dem to the WH in 2008, but we've more than ample evidence so far that we need to do a 180 and return to considering skills, experience and real leadership ability over shallow, media friendly candidates.

          Running a national party is a serious job, it should be handled by professional people with a high level of skill and experience.  Its not for media political celebs.

      •  In a nutshell, if you wouldn't mind, (1+ / 0-)
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        what problems do you have with her on breast cancer public policy?

        As a breast cancer survivor, herself, what is she not doing that she could be doing?

        To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

        by gooderservice on Tue Apr 05, 2011 at 05:50:21 PM PDT

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        •  She advocates for 2 controversial issues (3+ / 0-)

          1. That mammography/early detection will cure breast cancer as opposed to advocating for access to quality treatment, prevention and cures.

          Early detection doesn't cure breast cancer, nor does it reduce mortality. Recent evidence does indicate it can also lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.

          The emphasis on screening means we now spend 3 times as much on mammography and teaching breast exams than we do on research for a cure.

          2. Promoting "education" and breast self exams to young girls and teenagers.  Its not only expensive and completely ineffective, it frightens young women unnecessarily and leads to unnecessary doctor visits and surgical procedures.  

          Again, these kinds of campaigns result in overspending on "awareness" (whatever the hell that is) and ineffective screening to the detriment of quality care for patients and funding for quality breast cancer research for prevention and cures.

          •  Also (1+ / 0-)
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            She is a survivor, as are many of us.  Unfortunately, our society has a tendency to treat breast cancer survivors strangely by making them feel guilty for getting the disease.  

            There are so many unscientific myths floated in popular media about breast cancer that many people believe that women can prevent it (not eating enough fruits and vegetables, not doing self exams, etc.).  Some survivors buy into the guilt and feel the only way they can atone for their "mistake" is to buy into the early detection myth and lecture others to not make the same "mistakes".  

            Most breast cancer survivors grow and learn in the years after surviving their disease. They eventually realize it wasn't their fault.  DWS will probably reach that point some day, too.

            •  Thank you. I really appreciate your (1+ / 0-)
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              in depth reply.

              To every millionaire who decries they don't want their grandchildren paying for the deficit, I say: PAY MORE TAXES NOW and your grandkids won't have a deficit burden.

              by gooderservice on Tue Apr 05, 2011 at 08:36:39 PM PDT

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              •  One more (1+ / 0-)
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                I forgot.

                The program she promoted and, IIRC, got funded, was a program promoting genetic testing of minority girls and young women to see which ones were "at risk" of getting breast cancer.

                Its very, very, very controversial.  

                The genetic tests only measure 20% of risk factors,

                There are no real consumer protections for patients genetic information from the tests

                Having the gene doesn't mean you'll get breast cancer

                Minority women are less likely than Caucasian women to get breast cancer, so why focus on getting their genetic information?

                If an uninsured woman gets the free genetic test and has a positive result, she's still not eligible for Medicaid or any form of financial assistance for follow up or treatment if needed.

                Just an incredibly ignorant, unhelpful, dangerous program.

          •  partly agree (0+ / 0-)

            early detection does not equal prevention or cure. There is also good evidence that mammograms before menopause are a waste.

            But how is a self-exam expensive? I know the track record for those is not perfect either, but I think it's good for people to be aware of what's going on in their body instead of depending on  a doctor to tell them

            -7.75, -6.05 And these wars; they can't be won Does anyone know or care how they begun?-Matt Bellamy

            by nicolemm on Wed Apr 06, 2011 at 06:02:33 PM PDT

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    •  ...give me a break........ (2+ / 0-)
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