Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill: Is CNSNews trying to change the subject?

This morning the conservative CNSNews reported on Tom Lantos Human Rights Committee Hearing on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. As I read the piece, I wondered if the reporter was trying to change the subject of the bill. The article seems quite focused on the following section of the Anti-Homosexuality bill pertaining to HIV positive persons:3. Aggravated homosexuality.(1) A person commits the offense of aggravated homosexuality where the(b) offender is a person living with … [Read more...]

Brown wins; Dems look to nuclear option as means to get health care passed

Whether you support health care reform or not, wouldn't the election of Republican Scott Brown in MA seem like a signal to slow things down?Apparently Senate Democrats don't think so. Senator Dick Durbin wants to get the bill signed before Brown can get into town and laid out a couple of ways to do it.I suspect GOP strategists are torn. They don't like the health care options but if the Dems ram something through, prospects for the midterm election should improve to an even more optimi … [Read more...]

Abortion language troubles both sides: Nelson clears way for vote on health care

I've not been following this because I believe the health care bill will be decided by a conference committee meeting in a smoke filled room. But today Senator Ben Nelson became the 60th vote to move the ball down the court.Did Nelson use abortion? I don't know but I found this statement in the Washington Post troubling:Nelson also secured favors for his home state and to benefit different factions of the health-insurance industry.The health bill is pretty unpopular and may lead to a … [Read more...]

Not-for-profit co-ops may replace public option in health care reform

The Associated Press has a good summary of the political landscape on healthcare reform today.During the 1993 Clinton Health Care debates, co-ops were floated as an option. While this may seem like a compromise, such co-ops are not a panacea. I might support them if the amount of administrative costs were capped and they were not allowed to lobby legislators (think about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).Such an option could get us closer to public health clinics where health care would be … [Read more...]

Health care reform controversy comes to Grove City

Yesterday, Grove City got involved.Americans for Prosperity rolled through town collecting signatures on a petition opposing more government control of health care.I wrote about the visit at World Magazine, just up today. Actually, I wrote the article sitting in the Four Star Pizza. They're all wireless and tasty in there.Unpaid protesterPeople waiting to sign the petitionAmericans for Prosperity bus … [Read more...]

Cooking up an easy way to make a big impression on health care reform

How to be organized without really looking organized.This came today:Friend --All throughout August, our members of Congress are back in town. Insurance companies and partisan attack groups are stirring up fear with false rumors about the President's plan, and it's extremely important that folks like you speak up now.So we've cooked up an easy, powerful way for you to make a big impression: Office Visits for Health Reform.All this week, OFA members like you will be … [Read more...]

Cutting Medicare Advantage is not the change we need

I have a family member with a Medicare Advantage plan and am very well aware of how it works. Compared to what I know about basic Medicare, I think advantage is an accurate description. When I read that President Obama believes these plans are helpful only to the insurance companies, I have to disagree.Disagreed so much I wrote an article about it which has been published several places, including here. … [Read more...]

No health care reform before August

Reid says health care reform won't happen before the August recess.From Politico:Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that the Senate would not attempt to pass sweeping health care reform until after returning from the August recess.“It’s better to get a product that’s based on quality and thoughtfulness than on trying to just get something through,” Reid told reporters.What he said.It will drag on a long time now, I suspect.Might change the tone of this rally a … [Read more...]


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