Last month Ohio’s junior senator Rob Portman made headlines with astute political timing by joining Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill to probe the rising price of EpiPens, an emergency treatment product that counteracts severe allergic reactions. Since its inception, the company that makes the epinephrine injections, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, has enthusiastically raised the price for a pack of two EpiPens from $100 back in 2009 to as much as $600 today, so their heads were clearly on a public chopping block.
Portman and McCaskill notified the media in September that they had “opened a preliminary inquiry concerning Mylan Pharmaceuticals’ pricing and competition practices with respect to the EpiPen,” […]Full Story... →
Mike Vanderboegh, a 57-year-old former “militiaman” from Alabama, who called on teabaggers and wingnuts to “Break their windows.? Break them NOW” has a very interesting way of supporting himself according to WaPo:
Vanderboegh said he once worked as a warehouse manager but now lives on government disability checks. He said he receives $1,300 a month because of his congestive heart failure, diabetes and hypertension.
I’ll hang up and listen.Full Story... →
We’ve probably all seen the video of the teabagger heckling the Parkinsons guy.? It was disturbing to say the least.? Now we know who the heckler of the Parkinsons guy was.? Chris Reichert.? We know he is a registered Republican (big surprise there).? Some folks in back channels want us to know more about Chris Reichert in an effort to further embarrass him.
We’re missing an opportunity here and we should step back from the partisan funfest long enough to seize it.Full Story... →
Odd.? Every politico and his brother tonight is talking about Health Care Reform.? Even the wingnuts.? On Twitter, on blogs, on Facebook.? Everyone was buzzing with the news.? Lee Fisher was apparently watching basketball before turning in for the night…if you consider his social media updates:
Maybe Lee doesn’t do his own updates and his staffer fell asleep.? Maybe he does do his own updates but isn’t big on the whole social media thing.? Damn kids.? But maybe he watched some basketball and went to bed on the night when everyone else was waiting for the […]Full Story... →
March 17-20 polling numbers in Gallup’s Presidential Job Approval Rating already up net 7%.? Approval up 3%, Disapproval down 4%.? 50/43.? Net 7%.? Look for it to improve further as health care reform gets done and the benefits start to reach actual consumers.? A major campaign promise was just realized within the first half of the first term of this President.? Book it.
Not one single solitary Republican will be on the right side of this.
Pity.Full Story... →
Well, maybe Steve Driehaus read this post. Or maybe he just came to his senses.? But there he was, on every cable news channel, announcing a YES vote today on health care reform, waving some ridiculous, redundant, unnecessary executive order language they all claim solves their non-existent problem.
Thank you, Steve, for doing the right thing.? You could help in the future by noting that your “principled” stand on preventing federal funding for abortion was a total fiction, that you were pandering to your pro-life teabaggers, letting them believe the fiction, and that you were an opportunistic game player […]Full Story... →
This is what it means to be a modern day Republican. Obfuscate to the point where a late night (early morning) vote is necessary and then pray that those who might vote for health care reform cannot make the vote. They prayed for rain on Obama’s nomination acceptance speech. Now they pray that the ill are either too sick to make it or die before they are able to?
At 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon — nine hours before the 1 a.m. vote that would effectively clinch the legislation’s passage — Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) went to the Senate […]Full Story... →
FFS. Probably one of the biggest political junkies of all time and someone who tried (and failed) to pass health care reform won’t attend a free clinic because Keith Olbermann made it too political?
Oh for good god damned sakes you have got to be kidding me. Earth to Bill Clinton: This shit has been political from day one. Don’t go all weak kneed on us now. You’re doing nobody any favors by making lame attempts to be above the fray. Get in the game or go the hell back to Arkansas and drive your AstroTurf? lined El Dorado […]Full Story... →
Complete text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by the Senate is now available online. You can download the PDF here.
Video of the presser:
$127 billion reduction in deficit. 94% coverage. Includes an opt-out public option compromise. I’m still unsure of this one. Seems like you could opt yourself right out of any cost savings by diluting the strength of the pool of insured.
One of the most contentions provisions of late has been the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the house. A pretty good compromise is being offered on this one:
The Senate version […]Full Story... →
From De Magno Opere:
Which begs the question of why men – whether they are religiously banned from marriage or merely popularly elected officials – feel they have the obligation (much less the right) to decide for women what they should and should not do with their bodies.
Someday, I expect a damn good answer…
Don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer.
I’ll agree with Modern who earlier said DMO doesn’t get read enough or enough credit as a great Ohio political blog. I’ve been a fan for a long time. You also have to read […]Full Story... →
The Republican National Committee?s health insurance plan covers elective abortion ? a procedure the party?s own platform calls ?a fundamental assault on innocent human life.?
According to several Cigna employees, the insurer offers its customers the opportunity to opt out of abortion coverage ? and the RNC did not choose to opt out.
Spokespeeps say they are going to fix it. They were unaware. Blah blah blah. A policy that has been in place since 1991 was not scrutinized before? These are the people who want to win leadership in this country? Sheer incompetence. Maybe the RNC just […]Full Story... →