I've been mostly ignoring what's happened to the health care reform bill. Once the substance was removed, we were left with months of posturing and semantics. Who has time to follow the ins and outs of that? It's very discouraging, but I got a bit of hopeful news in my box this morning:
"To ecstatic applause from health care advocates, the California Senate today breathed new life into national prospects for fundamental health reform by passing on a 22 to 14 vote a major bill to guarantee healthcare in the state through creating a Medicare for all system that would cover every Californian...
Read the rest here via Common Dreams
Obama in his State of the Union address, said
“But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know.”
How about Single Payer, Mr. President? Single Payer Action is a direct action group still tirelessly working for this simple and practical solution. You can join them here. Their slogan: We're building to 1,000,000 nationwide for single payer. Medicare for all. Everybody in. Nobody Out. Onward.
On another discouraging topic, namely the Supreme Court's recent sale of the government to corporations, Keith Oberman gives a scathing indictment of that decision in one of his special comments. He opens by describing the 1857 Court's Dredd-Scott decision that led to the Civil War, and remarks that the one made on 1/21/10 may have even more impact. He paints a horrible picture of the future under corporate rule.
It's satisfiying to hear the way he shreds the folks that brought us this mess, but what ARE we going to do about it? As he puts it, this decision may have murdered of what's left of our democracy.