I drove past this between Salida and Cotopaxi on State Highway 50 in Colorado. I had to turn around and tell whoever that I stood with them totally assuming I was correct. I was and got the biggest hug of appreciation for doing so.

From my understanding, there are close to 3000 children being held around this country after being seized from their parents at the border.

Many will never see their Mom and Dad again because Republicans are totally evil.

You bastards!


Can Not In Good Conscious Support The Bill

From Firedoglake this morning and I assume this is just about as correct as you can get. How much more is buried within it's couple thousand pages written mostly by lobbyists for the corporations that will be the only ones to benefit greatly from this if it is passed.

I will not allow myself to go where others on my side of the blogger world have gone in support of this nor will I berate them or call them out for doing so.

I don't have time to bitch and moan but the bottom line on this is that the bill in this form with just these items listed below is unacceptable and an insult to all who went through the process of putting people in office to give this country quality affordable health care.

Totally fucking disgusting but from the very beginning I never once expected it to be any less than what's on paper now.

  • Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations -- whether you want to or not
    1. If you refuse to buy the insurance, you'll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS
    2. After being forced to pay thousands in premiums for junk insurance, you can still be on the hook for up to $11,900 a year in out-of-pocket medical expenses.
    3. Massive restriction on a woman's right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court
    4. Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-pays
    5. Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won't see any benefits -- like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions -- until 2014 when the program begins.
    6. Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others
    7. Grants monopolies to to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.
    8. No reimportation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years
    9. The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of 4 will rise an average of $1000 a year -- meaning in 10 years, you family's insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now.


    1. At a minimum, Jane gives you 10 really important index points by which to judge whether or not the conference w/the House actually fixes/changes anything (hint: it won't)...She's a Janey come lately to thinking/writing critically about this crap...

    2. One Fly- Saw this also. A John Walker seems to do most of the heavy lifting for her on this issue. As you know I've been calling for a Single Payer/ Public Option hybid of sorts since 1992. It was what drove me to Howard Dean in 2002. My motivation was that I have many friends who have horrible and expensive insurance. I, myself, was a Vioxx victim after a car accident. The bill was $12,800 before they realized this horrible product was trying to stop my heart. My prescription was changed and I was fine. The State of Oregon, under a Dem gov, blocked class action lawsuits against people who were given Vioxx, in 2004. In 2008 the state received $30 million dollars. Their portion from a nat'l settlement brought by the various AGs against the makers of Vioxx. My payout?; $0.00 I have my life and the knowledge that Vioxx may have done irreparable damage to my heart. Thanks a bunch, Dems, you truely are the Party of the People. Happy Zappadan.

    3. Demos are falling in line. Progressives are being told that, to be taken seriously, we must lay off the heavy drugs. Repugs are praying for the death of their friends and colleaques. Feingold and Dean are being smeared by the White House for pointing out that Obama never tried for a public option. The best CBO score of them all was the version with a strong public option. It's Christmas. Conclusion: The American people secretly want Santa to bring them more K-Y Jelly because they really like being fucked in the ass by the Powers That Be.

    4. They are really raping the tax payer. Tarp, bail outs now another 1 or 2 trillion on our shoulders. Another big gift to those who don't need it. We are getting raped and it is cold out here. It use to be Bush but once again we aqre getting screwed and supposed to be thankful for it.

    5. At times like this I find great comfort in the song, " Make the World Go Away" by Eddie Arnold. I know it's a little cornball but I'd like to have Barack really hear these lines over and over -" Make the world go away and get it off of my shoulders. Say the things you used to say and make the world go away."