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Some descriptive statements may seem political when they are, in fact, merely stubborn truths. Such is the case with the fact that the contemporary Republican party, at least on the federal level, lacks both the ideas and the will to improve American health care. To be sure, Republicans take positions all the time that will dramatically impact Americans’ health, and in important ways. But those impacts are ancillary, mere collateral damage in wars being waged in the other policy domains, such as concerned with taxes and guns.

Let’s be clear about the present situation. In 2016, the Republican party lined […]

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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,” […]

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While we squabble about gay-baiting candidates for Secretary of State, political cover, and serious journalists, there is also important work that must be done:

WHAT: Tribute to Senator Kennedy: Health Care Rally and Action Fair
WHERE: The Lausche building at the Ohio Expo Center – Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
WHEN: Tuesday, September 1, 7 PM
SPEAKERS: Ohio AFL-CIO President Joe Rugola, SEIU nurse Barb Montgomery, US Action President William McNary, Ohio Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, Senator Sherrod Brown, Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy and Columbus Mayor […]

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Yes, folks. It’s important:

Without health care reform, health insurance premiums could almost double by 2020, according to a report by the Commonwealth Fund, a 90-year-old non-profit health care charity.

Reform is hardly a handout to insurance companies. A public option ensures price control via competition. Special interests do NOT want that to happen. The American people support reform with a public option overwhelmingly. The only question is which interests will Congress bend to? Special interests are bearing down hard. Time for public interest to bear down harder.

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I got invited via Facebook to a candlelight vigil for healthcare this weekend in Columbus. ProgressOhio is spreading the message and it’s a good one:

This event will be an opportunity to reflect on the spiritual roots of our work to support health care reform ? highlighting the moral aspects of the issue, and remembering the real-life consequences of our broken health care system. We will demonstrate the depth and breadth of public support for a health care future that includes everyone and works well for all of us.

I think as we’ve watched this healthcare debate go from […]

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Lies and the lying liars who tell them:

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Missed this when it happened, but it’s particularly relevant now. Bill Moyers interviews former health insurance industry executive Wendell Potter, who left the field after almost 20 years to become a health reform advocate. I saw this guy on MSNBC today and he’s a great advocate for change. Hopefully we hear more from him.


Long version (37 min):

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So much for civility. At a town hall meeting where he calls for civility (and apparently pretty much gets it aside from a woman yelling “where’s the passion!”), Congressman Steve LaTourette (OH-14) replies to a question from a blogger with “BULLSHIT!”. Not once, but twice.

Tim at Blogger Interrupted has the video and will be posting it soon. Just spoke with him on the phone and he said the meeting was not anything like you see on TV at Democrat town halls. The reason why? LaTourette is likely not voting for any kind of healthcare reform whatsoever. When […]

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Lie #1: President Obama wants to euthanize your grandma!!!

The truth: These accusations?of “death panels” and forced euthanasia?are, of course, flatly untrue. As an article from the Associated Press puts it: “No ‘death panel’ in health care bill.”4 What’s the real deal? Reform legislation includes a provision, supported by the AARP, to offer senior citizens access to a professional medical counselor who will provide them with information on preparing a living will and other issues facing older Americans.5

Lie #2: Democrats are going to outlaw private insurance and force you into a government plan!!!

The truth: With reform, choices […]

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OK. He didn’t say fucking. I did. He also didn’t say she was, but he did say her interpretation of “end of life counseling” as “death panels” is:

One of the foremost advocates of expanding Medicare end-of-life planning coverage is Johnny Isakson, a Republican Senator from Georgia. He co-sponsored 2007’s Medicare End-of-Life Planning Act and proposed an amendment similar to the House bill’s Section 1233 during the Senate HELP Committee’s mark-up of its health care bill. I reached Sen. Isakson at his office this afternoon. He was befuddled that this had become a question of euthanasia, termed Palin’s interpretation “nuts,” […]

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