Lessee... the CBO fucked up Wyden's amendment, which would've let folks have all that lovely choice in their heath care decisions that Cons always say they're for. Thus, no amendment, no choice. Lovely.
Dumbfuck statement o' the day: Blue Dog Jim Cooper thinks nobody's fought harder for health care reform than Mike Ross. Apparently, he's had a bad fall on his head.
Here's a nice little post on why the Senate's so desperately dysfunctional. Don't read it if you're depressed.
For those who might still be on the damned fence about health care reform, you might want to check in with CIGNA, who's busy denying growth hormone to two young cancer survivors whose cancer treatment left them with growth hormone deficiency. Shorter CIGNA: our growth's more important than yours.
And Daily Kos points us to a WaPo article explaining the myriad ways insurance companies will screw the sick if weak reform passes.
On the good news front, Obama's apparently twisting Congressional arms for the public option behind the scenes, which suggests he's rather more serious about it than his non-committal public pronouncements would make it seem.
Rep. Grayson's shot at Cons is producing unexpected but entirely welcome results:
Awesome. Especially since, once Cons actually start presenting their "solutions," Americans will have a nice way to compare shit to steak. I have a feeling they'll go for the steak, but with Americans, one never knows. They've sat down and relished shit sandwiches before. Still, there's some hope. And might I add how nice it is to see a Dem putting Con backs to the wall, and keeping them there?I just wanted to point out that the Grayson controversy has done far more than simply show the way to deflecting a Republican hissy fit.
Was anyone talking about this before this before Grayson pointed out this week that the only Republican plan was to not get sick and die quickly?
Even as Republicans pummel President Barack Obama's health care proposals, some GOP leaders worry their party is being hurt by a Democratic counterattack: Where is your plan?
Republican leaders chose not to draft their own comprehensive bill, focusing instead on attacking Democrats' plans as too costly and bureaucratic. Some prominent Republicans now fear they are getting tagged as the "party of no," and they want the GOP to offer more solutions to the nation's health care problems.
Nobody was worried about the Republicans not offering a plan until Grayson pointed out in his inimitable way that they don't have one.
And, finally, it seems that the sound and fury of August produced bugger-all for the Cons. The American public, by and large, thinks health care reform would be quite lovely, thank you so very much.