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  • Kossack nyceve has uncovered a serious breach of ethics on the part of three medical correspondents--Robert Bazell and Nancy Snyderman of NBC News and Susan Dentzer of PBS' NewsHour--and their participation in the AHIP [America's Health Insurance Plans] Speakers Network. Soon after nyceve's diary, AHIP deleted the three from their list. Media Matters has much more on the story. As Atrios says, time for another blogger ethics panel.
  • Wow.

    Yesterday during a discussion on the topic of newly released poll numbers that show Bush to be closing in on Richard Nixon's poll numbers at the nadir of the Watergate scandal, conservative editor and commentator Fred Barnes proved once again that the state of denial is alive and well in the Republican Party. Barnes desperately tried to paint a happy face on the dismal news, comparing the Bush Presidency to that of Abraham Lincoln and claiming that history will show that Bush the Lesser set the stage for the eventual destruction of global terrorism.

    News Hounds has the video evidence of Fred Barnes' descent into insanity at the link above. Unbelievable.

  • Rep. Waxman is conducting an oversight hearing on the construction of the U.S. embassy in Iraq. Here's Rory Mayberry, a former subcontractor employee for First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting Company:

    "Mr. Chairman, when the airplane took off and the captain announced that we were heading to Baghdad, all you-know-what broke out on the airplane. The men started shouting, it wasn’t until the security guy working for First Kuwaiti waved an MP5 in the air that the men settled down. They realized that they had no other choice but to go to Baghdad. Let me spell it out clearly: I believe these men were kidnapped by First Kuwaiti to work at the US Embassy... I’ve read the State Department Inspector General’s report on the construction of the embassy. Mr. Chairman, it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. This is a cover-up and I’m glad that I’ve had the opportunity to set the record straight."

  • Somebody new to beat up on at the WaPo editorial pages! At Tapped, Ben Adler posts on Robert Samuelson's obnoxious and absurd criticisms of Prius drivers and that somehow driving a hybrid is just a feel-good exercise, "showing off" that does nothing to help the  overall goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Huh?
  • Via Kevin, the quote of the day from Ana Marie Cox at Swampland:

    You know if the Senate would just call it "legislative waterboarding" and not "oversight," I bet they could get Cheney to support it.

  • Obviously The Hill is a far left hate site:

    It is time for Alberto Gonzales to be replaced as attorney general of the United States. The case has grown stronger as the weeks and months of implausibility and fumbling have accumulated. After his performance on Tuesday giving testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, there can be no doubt. Gonzales has lost credibility, he contradicts himself, stumbles, and leaves Democratic and Republican members of Congress shaking their heads in disbelief."

  • I first heard about this from mcmom, and then found more at Oliver's place. Last year's, and maybe the decade's, greatest feel good sports story of the underdog Boise State Bronco's incredible and cagey win in the Fiesta Bow was capped by star running back Ian Johnson proposing to his cheerleader girlfriend on the field after the game. That story has been marred by hate.

    [Johnson] has hired security for his weekend wedding because of racial threats, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

    The wedding is in Boise on Saturday. Ian is black, his fiance white. Ian and Chrissy, congratulations and best of luck in your future. Don't let the haters get you down.


Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:13 AM PDT.

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  •  Barnes is nuts (6+ / 0-)

    I'm just waiting for the Jesus comparisons.

    President Jesus.

    If you're ever buying a shampoo sink, go right to the Dutch. The French know nothing about shampooing.

    by als10 on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:07:45 AM PDT

  •  No Billo Video after all? (0+ / 0-)
  •  the Bush and Nixon comparisons will only grow in (5+ / 0-)

    the comming days:

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

    How do you know a Republican is lying? Ask one: If the Republicans can lower gas prices for 60 days before an election, why won't they do it all the time?

    by ca democrat on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:10:42 AM PDT

  •  That is so sad....even today...that the (9+ / 0-)

    Boise State "kids" getting married are being threatened because they are an inter-racial couple.

    I wish them well.  

  •  It's been 10 minutes! No Bill O'Reilly story (6+ / 0-)

    on the Front Page?  Come on!  You guys are slipping!

    "It's the CONSTITUTION, stupid!"

    by DaveV on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:11:41 AM PDT

    •  Spectre Is Now Rejecting Punishment nt (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      inclusiveheart

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:55:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Don't be taken in. (0+ / 0-)

      Specter has no desire to do anything but pretend to be offended by a program that via his aide enabled with that section they slipped into the Patriot Act.

      An investigation would likely expose him.  He was the one calling for a Special Prosecutor at the hearing on Tuesday - now he doesn't approve of that course of action - by next Tuesday he won't approve of impeachment.

      Bait & Switch Arlen at it again.

  •  The problem with pundits like Fred Barnes (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Greasy Grant

    is that it is all a show, entertainment.  Making a wildly inaccurate prediction like "Bush II is the new Lincoln" just sells ads.  It stirs debate, and yelling on shows like McGlauglin.  The worst offender, of course, is Ann Coulter, who has descended into Pro-Wrestling Villian entertainment.

    Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.

    by zdefender on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:12:06 AM PDT

    •  Ann Coulter (1+ / 0-)
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      zdefender

      The worst offender, of course, is Ann Coulter, who has descended into Pro-Wrestling Villian entertainment.

      Might I suggest that Coulter is the George "The Animal" Steele of the punditry game?

      "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'I need to quit drinking!'" - Greasy Grant

      by Greasy Grant on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:16:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It's hard to compare her to (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        eugene X

        any of the real pro-wrestler villains, because she's so freakishly thin.  One wonders if people on the sides of the ring could even see her if they only had a profile view.

        Nothing can destroy a government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.

        by zdefender on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:29:28 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I was drawing an analogy to their... (0+ / 0-)

          performance styles.

          When George Steele wanted to put on a show, he's stick out his green tongue and chew on a turnbuckle.  As a rhetorical practitioner, Ann Coulter would make a statement such as "The 9/11 widows are enjoying their husbands' deaths."  Physically the analogy doesn't make sense; Steele had less body hair ;-)

          "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'I need to quit drinking!'" - Greasy Grant

          by Greasy Grant on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:45:31 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Samuelson's a wanker, contrarian-style (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    EdlinUser, rnotrtoornotrtoo

    His columns always try to poke a hole in the hull of the boat.

    Collapsing housing market? "It is misguided to consider this necessary correction a bad thing..."

    A need for universal healthcare? "A good idea, but woefully impractical and a cure worse than the illness it addresses..."

    Higher CAFE standards? "Here, California fails to realize the realities of the marketplace..."

    Globalized trade? "Sadly, American workers simply must compete with Third World labor, and that means wages will continue to fall - and fall they must..."

    The man is consistently a downer and I've stopped reading him.

    Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

    by The Raven on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:12:20 AM PDT

    •  Hybrids (1+ / 0-)
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      The Raven

      Somebody new to beat up on at the WaPo editorial pages! At Tapped, Ben Adler posts on Robert Samuelson's obnoxious and absurd criticisms of Prius drivers and that somehow driving a hybrid is just a feel-good exercise, "showing off" that does nothing to help the  overall goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Huh?

      I finally watched "Who Killed the Electric Car?" last night. Wow -- what a documentary!

      Interesting that Samuelson is beating up on hybrid drivers when the movie clearly shows that hybrids rose to prominence as an alternative to electric cars because oil companies -- and the Bush administration -- didn't want all electric cars to become the industry norm.

      Investment in hybrid technology started under President Clinton. Bush trashed that funding when he came into office. The only reason U.S. car companies even offer hybrids now is because car companies from other countries also heavily invested in hybrid technology in order to not be left behind as a result of the investment by the Clinton administration.

      I listened to a U.S. auto executive whine about two years ago because they were having a hard time buying the necessary parts to make hybrid vehicles. He claimed non-U.S. automakers had bought up all the supply and "it wasn't fair" so he wanted the U.S. government to give them financial incentives to make up for it. He, of course, neglected to mention that the reason he didn't have access to the supply was because he waited far too long to attempt to secure it because he didn't plan to offer hybrid technology until he was forced into doing so by the market.

      WKTEC is eye opening. I wish I could state I was surprised by the extent to which big oil would go to maintain -- and increase -- their choke hold on U.S. citizens, but I wasn't. Nor was I surprised by the Bush administration's involvement and their attempts at making it seem they were doing the exact opposite of what they were.

      •  When Bush endorsed a tax credit for SUVs (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        EdlinUser

        I think that was pretty much all we needed to know about the mindset of this administration.

        Thank you for the extra background on hybids. Much appreciated.

        Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

        by The Raven on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 01:18:12 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I to to Samuelson's goofball column (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      The Raven

      to see what the hell it is that he's twisting now.

      Honestly. I'm surprised this is the first time the guy has been mentioned here. And the Prius column? As The Raven has pointed out above, Samuelson's attacks and twisted logic have long been subject to fact checking. Of course hiding in economics is great because so much of it can be distorted and twisted to your liking to people who don't have intimate knowledge of this issue.

      It would be cool to see Paul Krugman slam Samuelson on his points and do some fact checking sometime.

  •  Check out this T-shirt (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    alou73, Marc in KS
  •  I need help, for I have confused myself. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Scout Finch, Greasy Grant

    Gonzo lies about the TSA/illegal wiretapping thing.  Gonzo lies about the US Attorneys.

    Which committees are investigating these different things?  Is the call for the prosecutor over his illegal-wiretapping testimony or the illegal-attorney-firing testimony.

    ;)

    Je suis inondé de déesses

    by Marc in KS on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:14:02 AM PDT

  •  I am very pleased with (0+ / 0-)

    the current train of events. While I would love to see us pass GO, collect $200, and move directly to Impeachment...

    ... I am even more pleased with investigations on as many fronts as the House and Senate can handle simultaneously with resulting subpoenas, perjuries, contempt charges, indictments, more subpoenas, more perjury, more investigations, etc.

    This entire administration needs unraveling and dismantling with not one stone unturned and not one slimely creepy crawly creature not expoused to the light of day.

    "Parlimentary inquiry Mr. Speaker... does whining come out of my time?"

    by Andrew C White on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:16:42 AM PDT

  •  Anyone watching Wall Street today? (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    kfred, Marc in KS, cassidy3, Greasy Grant
  •  Wow. Slave labor in Iraq (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    alou73, inclusiveheart, aaraujo, cassidy3

    Very nice. The only way it could've been worse is if these were kids. With cancer. And they were waterboarding them off the clock.

    Can we send somebody to jail yet? MANY somebodys? Anybody up the chain of command responsible for this, on the government + contractor side?

    •  Anybody resposible? (0+ / 0-)

      Nope. It was someone else's job. I just approved signed the work documents that were prepared by someone else. Anyway, I can't discuss this ongoing matter because I have to recuse myself. And Executive Priviledge prevents me from addressing this question.

      Those folks must have just kidnapped themselves.

      "She was very young,he thought,...she did not understand that to push an inconvenient person over a cliff solves nothing." -1984

      by aggressiveprogressive on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:22:29 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  unassuming diary title (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cassidy3

    unassuming diarist

    kick-arse diary

    "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

    by Cedwyn on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:20:15 AM PDT

  •  Alaska's Rep. Don Young's Web of Corruption... (0+ / 0-)
  •  "The Hill" lists 50 Most Beautiful People in D.C. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm nothing if not shallow.  This links to the article in "The Hill":

    http://thehill.com/...

    If I were king of the world I'd form a "Greasy Grant Sandwich" between #6 and #10. God help me.

    "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'I need to quit drinking!'" - Greasy Grant

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:23:29 AM PDT

  •  Reader's choice: (0+ / 0-)

    Diary: retrospection Episode 7 of 9 is open.  We enter the last two weeks before my surgery.

    I'm doing Feminisms for the next two weeks so I posted a background piece yesterday, Women-only Space: who belongs?, and will be posting more during the upcoming week.  If you are wondering how this has anything to do with you, it's a story of desegregation every bit as much as other such stories.

    Upcoming
    Friday:  A Need for Dialogue
    Saturday: Teacher's Lounge
    Sunday:  Diary: retrospection (episode 8 of 9)
    Monday:  ??
    Tuesday:  ??
    Wednesday:  Feminisms
    Thursday:  Diary: retrospection (spisode 9 of 9)

  •  Kondracke (0+ / 0-)

    "He (junior) got us in [the war] under false pretenses. He didn't know they were false at the time..."

    Yeah, right, sure. Piss on our backs and call it rain.

    In an industrial society which confuses work and productivity, the necessity of producing has always been an enemy of the desire to create. Raoul Veneigem

    by Hudsonview on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:29:30 AM PDT

  •  Here's my question about Prius drivers... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    alou73, Tonga 23

    Why is it not okay to show off a new car, especially one that helps our environment?

    Don't you love how he mentions prius sales dwarf those of the honda civic hybrid as a meaning that prius drivers only do it for show, even though he mentioned it gets 9 more mpg.

    what a jerkoff.

    If the Republicans promise to stop telling lies about us, maybe we'll stop telling the truth about them..

    by Romaniac on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:30:57 AM PDT

  •  ABC Evacuated, White Powder in Letter (0+ / 0-)

    Breaking, little news yet, Washington office

    -8.63 -7.28 Ask " The Question "

    by OneCrankyDom on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:33:31 AM PDT

  •  Ah, sweet irony.... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gooserock, MattR, kfred, cassidy3

    Yo just can't make up this kind of timing!  Check out this story on CNN:

    A federal judge Thursday ordered the government to pay more than $101 million in the case of four men who spent decades in prison for a 1965 murder they didn't commit after the FBI withheld evidence of their innocence.

    Two of the men were Peter Limone and Joseph Salvati.  In 2001, it was this very case that lead then Chair of the House Gov't. Reform Comm., Dan Burton (R-Ind.) to say of Bush, "'This is not a monarchy...We've got a dictatorial president and a Justice Department that does not want Congress involved. ... Your guy's acting like he's King."

    He said that because, when Burton supoenaed FBI records from their Boston office, Bush told this stalwart of his own party, "No way!  Executive Privilege!"

    Sound familiar?  And, guess whose idea it was to invoke it?  That's right:  Gonzo!

    Check out this great Diary by Soj from 2006 for a great summary.  It really seems prophetic.

  •  I drive a Prius (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    alou73

    Because I am Green, frugal and live in the smog capital of the United States.  The staement it makes about me is that both my wallet and lungs are tight.
    Samuelson is full of shit.

    Wethern's Law of Suspended Judgement: Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups

    by Tonga 23 on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:36:27 AM PDT

  •  BREAKING!!!!! (5+ / 0-)

    In HJC testimony ongoing Right now,
    FBI Director Robert Mueller:

    Mueller confirms he was prepared to resign over warrantless wiretapping.  He confirms the testimony of James Comey regarding the March 10, 2004 Hopsital visit by Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales.

    Confirms that the issue at hand was the controversial warrantless wiretapping program, in direct contradiction of Alberto Gonzales's recent SJC tetsimony.

    See gchaucer2 liveblog:
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  I'm watching the House Judiciary w/ Mueller and (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Absit invidia, drational

    He confirmed Comey's "Ashcroft hospital story" AND that the subject was Wiretapping! I wonder what Gonzalas is doing NOW that he has heard this.

  •  More on the Boise State "situation" (0+ / 0-)

    An opinion in the local paper with some quotes from Johnson:

    http://www.idahostatesman.com/...

    "No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government. Always hopeful yet discontent, he knows changes aren't permanent. But change is." -Neil Peart

    by Boisepoet on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:48:40 AM PDT

  •  DOW Down 360 Points !? nt (0+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:52:41 AM PDT

  •  The eventual destruction of the globe... (0+ / 0-)

    is more like it.

    ...claiming that history will show that Bush the Lesser set the stage for the eventual destruction of global terrorism.

    'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' George Santayana

    by lynneinfla on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:53:58 AM PDT

  •  I've heard this before (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    chigh, Tonga 23

    Somebody new to beat up on at the WaPo editorial pages! At Tapped, Ben Adler posts on Robert Samuelson's obnoxious and absurd criticisms of Prius drivers and that somehow driving a hybrid is just a feel-good exercise, "showing off" that does nothing to help the  overall goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Huh?

    I know of a man who was recently removed from consideration for promotional opportunities in his company because he bought a Prius.  I doubt he is even aware of it, but it happened, and the "deciders" made no attempt to disguise their reasons.  They said it right out loud using the same snide language in the above quote.  They had no reason to hide their prejudices, certain that everyone in earshot shares their warped value system.  Of course, everyone within earshot MUST share it - they have no choice.

    "Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it." Robert F. Kennedy June 6th, 1968

    by enough already on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 11:57:45 AM PDT

  •  If you could banish a word/phrase (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Tonga 23

    ...from the English language, what would it be?

    Many years, I submit at least one or two words for Lake Superior State University's Banished Words List, which is published on New Year's Eve. I have submitted five words and phrases for banishment, and plan to submit more as the year progresses. I encourage you to submit a word or two for banishment. (But first check to see if it already has been banished.)

    •   A plethora of worthy candidates (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      cato, pernoclone

      "At the end of the day" when they mean in the final  analysis..
      "Strategize"  Stategy is a noun.  Use it as such
      "Grow the economy"
      special mention to the erroneous use of gender as an equivalent repacement for sex.  Gender is a social construct.  Sex is biologically determined.  A newborn baby has a sex but not a gender-yet.

      Wethern's Law of Suspended Judgement: Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups

      by Tonga 23 on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 12:23:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Speak truth to power. (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Tonga 23

        Agree about "sex" and "gender." There should be a useful distinction between the two, but in the New Prudery under which we live, "sex" can only be a dirty word. And that's the way the language changes.

        Another beef of mine -- another usage note rather than a bannable word or phrase -- is the unparallel use of man and woman, male and female. Notice how many times "women" are said to do one thing and "males" another.

        ". . . but then isn't obsession one requirement of intelligent analysis?" -- Mary McNamara, latimes.com

        by Vico on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:03:40 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Cafferty on CNN this week blasted Iraq embassy (0+ / 0-)

    construction. Whether you like C. or not, this is a issue that people should continue to push CNN on. All the letters read by C. were anti-embassy construction.

  •  How to Create an Angry American... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure that everyone has seen this by now, but it's a great video by impeachbush.org. How to Create an Angry American

  •  Here's an action for health care reform..... (0+ / 0-)

    I did some research that could use some action and
    publicity.

    18 members of the Congressional Progressive caucus have not signed up to co-sponsor HR 676.

    HR 676 information:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/...

    For a review of all action on this legislation:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/...

    BTW Nancy Pelosi is not a member of this caucus
    and has not sponsored HRhttp://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:h.r.00676: 676.

    If your civil servant is on these lists, please call and ask them to sponsor HR 676:

    The Progressive Caucus members who are not
    co-sponsors of HR 676:

    Madeleine Bordallo (Guam)
    Yvette Clarke (New York)
    Emanuel Cleaver (Missouri)
    Steve Cohen (Tennessee)
    Peter DeFazio (Oregon)
    Rosa DeLauro (Connecticut)
    Keith Ellison (Minnesota)
    Eni Faleomavaega (American Samoa)
    John Hall (New York)
    Phil Hare (Illinois)
    Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)
    Hank Johnson (Georgia)
    Dave Loebsack (Iowa)
    Ed Markey (Massachusetts)
    Louise Slaughter (New York)
    Mel Watt (North Carolina)
    Peter Welch (Vermont)

    I also tried to call the Health subcommittee (under
    Energy &Commerce) to find out the status of HR 676 but the staff was busy working on the Childrens health care legislation(HR 3162)
    http://energycommerce.house.gov/...
    http://energycommerce.house.gov/...

    Here is some research on the members of the
    Health subcommittee. With an 18:15 ratio of DEMs:REPUBs, there should be progress, but the DEM chair and co-chair and 9 other members are NOT co-sponsors of HR 676.

    These are the DEMOCRAT members of the
    subcommittee on health, who have not signed onto
    HR 676, along with their campaign $$ profiles on opensecrets.org

    Frank Pallone, Jr., NJ, Chairman
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    Bart Gordon, TN
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    Anna Eshoo, CA
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    Gene Green, TX, Vice Chair
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    Diana DeGette, CO
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    Lois Capps, CA
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    Tom Allen, ME
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    Mike Ross, AR
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    Darlene Hooley, OR
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    Jim Matheson, UT
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...
    John D. Dingell (Ex Officio)
    http://www.opensecrets.org/...

    LINKS I used for above data:
    The Progressive members:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    The co-sponsors of HR 676:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/...

    This speech by John Conyers on May 2, 2006 is the last action on HR 676:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/...

    For a review of all action on this legislation:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/...

    •  There's also HR 1200 (0+ / 0-)

      the American Health Security Act

      SEC. 201. COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS (0 / 0)
      (a) In General- Subject to the succeeding provisions of this title, individuals enrolled for benefits under this Act are entitled to have payment made under a State health security program for the following items and services if medically necessary or appropriate for the maintenance of health or for the diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation of a health condition:

      (1) HOSPITAL SERVICES- Inpatient and outpatient hospital care, including 24-hour-a-day emergency services.

      (2) PROFESSIONAL SERVICES- Professional services of health care practitioners authorized to provide health care services under State law, including patient education and training in self-management techniques.

      (3) COMMUNITY-BASED PRIMARY HEALTH SERVICES- Community-based primary health services (as defined in section 202(a)).

      (4) PREVENTIVE SERVICES- Preventive services (as defined in section 202(b)).

      (5) LONG-TERM, ACUTE, AND CHRONIC CARE SERVICES-

      (A) Nursing facility services.

      (B) Home health services.

      (C) Home and community-based long-term care services (as defined in section 202(c)) for individuals described in section 203(a).

      (D) Hospice care.

      (E) Services in intermediate care facilities for individuals with mental retardation.

      (6) PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, BIOLOGICALS, INSULIN, MEDICAL FOODS-

      (A) Outpatient prescription drugs and biologics, as specified by the Board consistent with section 615.

      (B) Insulin.

      (C) Medical foods (as defined in section 202(e)).

      (7) DENTAL SERVICES- Dental services (as defined in section 202(h)).

      (8) MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES- Mental health and substance abuse treatment services (as defined in section 202(f)).

      (9) DIAGNOSTIC TESTS- Diagnostic tests.

      (10) OTHER ITEMS AND SERVICES-

      (A) OUTPATIENT THERAPY- Outpatient physical therapy services, outpatient speech pathology services, and outpatient occupational therapy services in all settings.

      (B) DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT- Durable medical equipment.

      (C) HOME DIALYSIS- Home dialysis supplies and equipment.

      (D) AMBULANCE- Emergency ambulance service.

      (E) PROSTHETIC DEVICES- Prosthetic devices, including replacements of such devices.

      (F) ADDITIONAL ITEMS AND SERVICES- Such other medical or health care items or services as the Board may specify.

      (b) Cost-Sharing-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in this subsection, there are no deductibles, coinsurance, or copayments applicable to acute care and preventive benefits provided under this title.

      (2) COST-SHARING FOR LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES-

      (A) IN GENERAL-

      (i) payments for home and community-based long-term care services are subject to coinsurance of 20 percent; and

      (ii) payments for nursing facility services are subject to coinsurance of 35 percent.

      (B) EXCEPTION- With respect to the coinsurance established under subparagraph (A)--

      (i) such coinsurance shall not apply to an individual with income (as defined by the Secretary) of not more than 100 percent of the income official poverty line applicable to a family of the size involved; and

      (ii) in the case of an individual with such income that exceeds 100 percent, but is less than 200 percent, of such applicable poverty line, the coinsurance shall be reduced in the same proportion as the proportion of such income is less than 200 percent of such applicable poverty line.

      (c) Prohibition of Balance Billing- As provided in section 531, no person may impose a charge for covered services for which benefits are provided under this Act.

      (d) No Duplicate Health Insurance- Each State health security program shall prohibit the sale of health insurance in the State if payment under the insurance duplicates payment for any items or services for which payment may be made under such a program.

      (e) State Program May Provide Additional Benefits- Nothing in this Act shall be construed as limiting the benefits that may be made available under a State health security program to residents of the State at the expense of the State.

      (f) Employers May Provide Additional Benefits- Nothing in this Act shall be construed as limiting the additional benefits that an employer may provide to employees or their dependents, or to former employees or their dependents.

      SPECIFIED PREVENTIVE SERVICES (0 / 0)
      (A) Basic immunizations.

      (B) Prenatal and well-baby care (for infants under 1 year of age).

      (C) Well-child care (including periodic physical examinations, hearing and vision screening, and developmental screening and examinations) for individuals under 18 years of age.

      (D) Periodic screening mammography, Pap smears, and colorectal examinations and examinations for prostate cancer.

      (E) Physical examinations.

      (F) Family planning services.

      (G) Routine eye examinations, eyeglasses, and contact lenses.

      (H) Hearing aids, but only upon a determination of a certified audiologist or physician that a hearing problem exists and is caused by a condition that can be corrected by use of a hearing aid.

      Dental Services (0 / 0)
      (1) IN GENERAL- In this title, subject to subsection (b), the term `dental services' means the following:

      (A) Emergency dental treatment, including extractions, for bleeding, pain, acute infections, and injuries to the maxillofacial region.

      (B) Prevention and diagnosis of dental disease, including examinations of the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and related structures, radiographs, dental sealants, fluorides, and dental prophylaxis.

      (C) Treatment of dental disease, including non-cast fillings, periodontal maintenance services, and endodontic services.

      (D) Space maintenance procedures to prevent orthodontic complications.

      (E) Orthodontic treatment to prevent severe malocclusions.

      (F) Full dentures.

      (G) Medically necessary oral health care.

      (H) Any items and services for special needs patients that are not described in subparagraphs (A) through (G) and that--

      (i) are required to provide such patients the items and services described in subparagraphs (A) through (G);

      (ii) are required to establish oral function (including general anesthesia for individuals with physical or emotional limitations that prevent the provision of dental care without such anesthesia);

      (iii) consist of orthodontic care for severe dentofacial abnormalities; or

      (iv) consist of prosthetic dental devices for genetic or birth defects or fitting for such devices.

      (I) Any dental care for individuals with a seizure disorder that is not described in subparagraphs (A) through (H) and that is required because of an illness, injury, disorder, or other health condition that results from such seizure disorder.

      Mental Health (0 / 0)
      and Substance Abuse Treatment Services-

      (1) SERVICES DESCRIBED- In this title, the term `mental health and substance abuse treatment services' means the following services related to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental illness and promotion of mental health:

      (A) INPATIENT HOSPITAL SERVICES- Inpatient hospital services furnished primarily for the diagnosis or treatment of mental illness or substance abuse for up to 60 days during a year, reduced by a number of days determined by the Secretary so that the actuarial value of providing such number of days of services under this paragraph to the individual is equal to the actuarial value of the days of inpatient residential services furnished to the individual under subparagraph (B) during the year after such services have been furnished to the individual for 120 days during the year (rounded to the nearest day), but only if (with respect to services furnished to an individual described in section 204(b)(1)) such services are furnished in conformity with the plan of an organized system of care for mental health and substance abuse services in accordance with section 204(b)(2).

      (B) INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL SERVICES- Intensive residential services (as defined in paragraph (2)) furnished to an individual for up to 120 days during any calendar year, except that--

      (i) such services may be furnished to the individual for additional days during the year if necessary for the individual to complete a course of treatment to the extent that the number of days of inpatient hospital services described in subparagraph (A) that may be furnished to the individual during the year (as reduced under such subparagraph) is not less than 15; and

      (ii) reduced by a number of days determined by the Secretary so that the actuarial value of providing such number of days of services under this paragraph to the individual is equal to the actuarial value of the days of intensive community-based services furnished to the individual under subparagraph (D) during the year after such services have been furnished to the individual for 90 days (or, in the case of services described in subparagraph (D)(ii), for 180 days) during the year (rounded to the nearest day).

      (C) OUTPATIENT SERVICES- Outpatient treatment services of mental illness or substance abuse (other than intensive community-based services under subparagraph (D)) for an unlimited number of days during any calendar year furnished in accordance with standards established by the Secretary for the management of such services, and, in the case of services furnished to an individual described in section 204(b)(1) who is not an inpatient of a hospital, in conformity with the plan of an organized system of care for mental health and substance abuse services in accordance with section 204(b)(2).

      (D) INTENSIVE COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES- Intensive community-based services (as described in paragraph (3))--

      (i) for an unlimited number of days during any calendar year, in the case of services described in section 1861(ff)(2)(E) that are furnished to an individual who is a seriously mentally ill adult, a seriously emotionally disturbed child, or an adult or child with serious substance abuse disorder (as determined in accordance with criteria established by the Secretary);

      (ii) in the case of services described in section 1861(ff)(2)(C), for up to 180 days during any calendar year, except that such services may be furnished to the individual for a number of additional days during the year equal to the difference between the total number of days of intensive residential services which the individual may receive during the year under part A (as determined under subparagraph (B)) and the number of days of such services which the individual has received during the year; or

      (iii) in the case of any other such services, for up to 90 days during any calendar year, except that such services may be furnished to the individual for the number of additional days during the year described in clause (ii).

      (2) INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL SERVICES DEFINED-

      (A) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C), the term `intensive residential services' means inpatient services provided in any of the following facilities:

      (i) Residential detoxification centers.

      (ii) Crisis residential programs or mental illness residential treatment programs.

      (iii) Therapeutic family or group treatment homes.

      (iv) Residential centers for substance abuse treatment.

      (B) REQUIREMENTS FOR FACILITIES- No service may be treated as an intensive residential service under subparagraph (A) unless the facility at which the service is provided--

      (i) is legally authorized to provide such service under the law of the State (or under a State regulatory mechanism provided by State law)

      SEC. 631. MANDATORY ASSIGNMENT (0 / 0)
      (a) No Balance Billing- Payments for benefits under this Act shall constitute payment in full for such benefits and the entity furnishing an item or service for which payment is made under this Act shall accept such payment as payment in full for the item or service and may not accept any payment or impose any charge for any such item or service other than accepting payment from the State health security program in accordance with this Act.

      (b) Enforcement- If an entity knowingly and willfully bills for an item or service or accepts payment in violation of subsection (a), the Board may apply sanctions against the entity in the same manner as sanctions could have been imposed under section 1842(j)(2) of the Social Security Act for a violation of section 1842(j)(1) of such Act. Such sanctions are in addition to any sanctions that a State may impose under its State health security program.

      SEC. 615. PAYMENTS FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (0 / 0)
      (a) Establishment of List-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Board shall establish a list of approved prescription drugs and biologicals that the Board determines are necessary for the maintenance or restoration of health or of employability or self-management and eligible for coverage under this Act.

      (2) EXCLUSIONS- The Board may exclude reimbursement under this Act for ineffective, unsafe, or over-priced products where better alternatives are determined to be available.

      (b) Prices- For each such listed prescription drug or biological covered under this Act, for insulin, and for medical foods, the Board shall from time to time determine a product price or prices which shall constitute the maximum to be recognized under this Act as the cost of a drug to a provider thereof. The Board may conduct negotiations, on behalf of State health security programs, with product manufacturers and distributors in determining the applicable product price or prices.

      (c) Charges by Independent Pharmacies- Each State health security program shall provide for payment for a prescription drug or biological or insulin furnished by an independent pharmacy based on the drug's cost to the pharmacy (not in excess of the applicable product price established under subsection (b)) plus a dispensing fee. In accordance with standards established by the Board, each State health security program, after consultation with representatives of the pharmaceutical profession, shall establish schedules of dispensing fees, designed to afford reasonable compensation to independent pharmacies after taking into account variations in their cost of operation resulting from regional differences, differences in the volume of prescription drugs dispensed, differences in services provided, the need to maintain expenditures within the budgets established under this title, and other relevant factors.

      Taxes (0 / 0)
      SEC. 811. PAYROLL TAX ON EMPLOYERS.

      (a) In General- Section 3111 (relating to tax on employers) is amended by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (d) and inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection:

      `(c) Health Care- In addition to other taxes, there is hereby imposed on every employer an excise tax, with respect to having individuals in his employ, equal to 8.7 percent of the wages (as defined in section 3121(a)) paid by him with respect to employment (as defined in section 3121(b)).'.

      (b) Self-Employment Income- Section 1401 (relating to rate of tax on self-employment income) is amended by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (d) and inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection:

      `(c) Health Care- In addition to other taxes, there shall be imposed for each taxable year, on the self-employment income of every individual, a tax equal to 8.7 percent of the amount of the self-employment income for such taxable year.'.

      (c) Comparable Taxes for Railroad Services-

      (1) TAX ON EMPLOYERS- Section 3221 is amended by redesignating subsection (c) as subsections (d) and inserting after subsection (b) the following new subsection:

      `(c) Health Care- In addition to other taxes, there is hereby imposed on every employer an excise tax, with respect to having individuals in his employ, equal to 8.7 percent of the compensation paid by such employer for services rendered to such employer.'....

      SEC. 812. HEALTH CARE INCOME TAX.

      (a) General Rule- Subchapter A of chapter 1 (relating to determination of tax liability) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new part:

      `PART VIII--HEALTH CARE INCOME TAX ON INDIVIDUALS

      `Sec. 59B. Health care income tax.

      `SEC. 59B. HEALTH CARE INCOME TAX.

      `(a) Imposition of Tax- In the case of an individual, there is hereby imposed a tax (in addition to any other tax imposed by this subtitle) equal to 2.2 percent of the taxable income of the taxpayer for the taxable year....

      SEC. 821. INCREASE IN EXCISE TAXES ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

  •  LOL: Newshounds (0+ / 0-)

    "we watch FOX so you won't have to"

    Sort of like offering to pick up the shit your dog leaves in your yard!

    "So this is how democracy dies; with thunderous applause."

    by pullbackthecurtain on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 12:36:24 PM PDT

  •  PSA for those looking for a good job (0+ / 0-)

    If you are job hunting be sure and check jotter's diaries every afternoon for jobs I may have posted that day (did one today from the DCCC).

    Or maybe easier, do a search for "job opening" (then bookmark the search) since that is what I always try to remember to put in the subject line.  If you see other Kossacks mentioning that they are looking for work in other diaries, be sure to let them know.

    I don't have new job openings every day, but generally do a couple of times a week.  They are generally (not always) technical in nature and for political or non-profit organizations.

    I have been posting jobs there for a good while, but figure that not everyone checks jotter's daily stats diaries, so everynow and then I post the info on the Open Threads for a few days. Please let others know if the subject comes up in other diaries so we can fill the slots with progressive Kossacks!

  •  history will show that Bush the Lesser (0+ / 0-)

    set the stage for the eventual destruction of global (insert just about any word except) terrorism.

    "Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die." George W. Bush 12/7/06

    by kitebro on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 01:13:13 PM PDT

  •  uh .. (0+ / 0-)

    FBI Director Contradicts Gonzales

    By LAURIE KELLMAN and LARA JAKES JORDAN
    The Associated Press
    Thursday, July 26, 2007; 4:15 PM

    WASHINGTON -- FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said Thursday the government's terrorist surveillance program was the topic of a 2004 hospital room dispute between top Bush administration officials, contradicting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' sworn Senate testimony.

    Mueller was not in the hospital room at the time of the dramatic March 10, 2004, confrontation between then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and presidential advisers Andy Card and Gonzales, who was then serving as White House counsel. Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee he arrived shortly after they left, and spoke with the ailing Ashcroft.

    Done. Over.

    Buh-bye.

    socialist democratic pragmatic idealist with a small d.

    by shpilk on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 01:19:53 PM PDT

  •  New 100-MPG Priuses to test in Berkeley (0+ / 0-)

    Support the Clinton Climate Initiative http://www.clintonfoundation.org

    by Berkeley Vox on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:02:27 PM PDT

  •  Thanks to Fox and O'Reilly (0+ / 0-)

    It will become common knowledge that through blogging at responsible sites like DailyKos, the entire country are journalists.

    klaatu barada nikto

    by JohnGor0 on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 02:53:40 PM PDT

  •  Diamond Dallas Page strikes again: (0+ / 0-)

    Yesterday during a discussion on the topic of newly released poll numbers that show Bush to be closing in on Richard Nixon's poll numbers at the nadir of the Watergate scandal, conservative editor and commentator Fred Barnes proved once again that the state of denial is alive and well in the Republican Party. Barnes desperately tried to paint a happy face on the dismal news, comparing the Bush Presidency to that of Abraham Lincoln and claiming that history will show that Bush the Lesser set the stage for the eventual destruction of global terrorism.

    "It's not a bad thing -- it's a good thing!"

  •  Watch really scary movie (0+ / 0-)

    here.  (Warning, it is long and you will want to watch the whole thing... but make the time.  It is worth it.  Very eye opening, to say the least.

    Find a local farmers market near you. http://www.localharvest.org/

    by bittergirl on Thu Jul 26, 2007 at 06:25:25 PM PDT

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