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The Republicans are worse®?


Kevin Drum at MoJo:

That final quote is priceless. “The health reform law did not deliver the uninsured in the way that insurers wanted.” Apparently they wanted the uninsured trussed up and delivered to their doorsteps wallet first, but without any actual obligation on their part to provide decent service in return. And they know just how to get their wish: “The industry would love to have a Republican Congress,” says Wendell Potter, a former Cigna insurance executive. “They were very, very successful during the years of Republican domination in Washington.”

But this is creating a wee problem for everyone. You see, Republicans are loudly proclaiming right now that they want to eliminate the part of the law that forces everyone to buy insurance. But that’s exactly the part of the law that insurance companies like. In fact, they want to see it strengthened. At the same time, they want to get rid of the popular parts of the law that keep insurance companies from figuring out ways to screw patients. But those are the provisions that Republicans say they’ll keep if we turn over Congress to them.

And yet, the insurance companies are massively funding Republicans this cycle anyway. Why would that be? It’s almost as if they’re sure that Republicans are just blowing campaign smoke and will support their agenda once they’re safely in office. They’re so sure, in fact, that they’re willing to put their money where their mouths are to the tune of millions of dollars.

So which do you believe? Republican mouths or insurance industry money? Decisions, decisions…..

Lets see Kevin, the Democrats passed a bill requiring every American with two nickles to rub together to give one of them to a health insurance company and the Republicans say they want to repeal it so you think we should . . . trust the Democrats?


I mean seriously, WHAT THE FUCK???

Seems to me I recall that the health insurance companies donated to Obama early and often, along with the Wall Street bankers, BP, and the rest of the malefactors of great wealth. And wasn’t it just yesterday that the DNC was bragging about how much money they were raking in?

Let’s not forget Stupak-Pitts and Executive Order 13535 either.

You want to know the worst part? Kevin Drum GETS PAID TO WRITE THAT DRIVEL!

I remember when Mother Jones was a liberal publication, not another propaganda outlet shilling for the DINOcrats.

32 Responses

  1. I’ll be voting for D’s.

    Yes, the Republicans are worse.

    Maybe not by much, but less-worse is better than worst.


    • The lesser of two evils is still evil.

      • I’m not voting for David Vitter under ANY circumstances. Charlie Melancon has my vote for sure. As does the young woman running for Lt. Governor. I’ve already spoke my peace about voting for Cao, a republican. At this point, I’m fine with the House going Republican. Maybe something good will come out of the fireworks. I’m not certain there’s any real dems out there anyway.

      • You have evil and as Bush would say, “Evil doers”. I have no clue how to spell that by the way! The question is which one is the worse evil doer?

  2. Seems to me I recall that the health insurance companies donated to Obama early and often….

    Along with the others listed, they knew very well they could cut a deal with Obama the Bipartisan Corporatist

    They knew only a miracle could get the Repub presidential candidate elected, and they didn’t want to chance having higher powers controlling their future high revenues..

    So, it was absolutely necessary to help Obama defeat Hillary. She knew the games they played and would not have been played again. If she’d won the Dem nomination, she would become the president. That was not to be allowed.

    My theory is that the Clintons committed the error of pre-negotiating with the BHIPpers (the Big Health Industry Players), and then the Repubs demanded even more compromise, and the Clintons lost the real Dems of their time and their chance to bring about meaningful health care reform. If they’d started out asking for single payer, perhaps they could have pulled out something worthwhile.

    Obama was only too willing to make a gentleman’s agreement with those “savvy businessmen,” and they knew they could roll him — as far and often as they wanted to.

  3. So we need to vote for the people who forced this horrendous mandate on us in case the other guys are lying when they say they’ll repeal it? They’re lying, all right, but what damn difference does it make at this late date? We’re already hosed regardless. Thanks, Kevin.

    • I’ll bet they repeal it, or try like hell to do it with Obama vetoing it. The ins cos are donating now hoping to limit the damage but you don’t screw the GOP without getting screwed back.

      Either way, I’ll lay in a supply of popcorn and watch the fireworks.

      • Oh, man, I don’t think I’m ready for popcorn. I keep remembering all those endless months of kabuki while we danced toward the inevitable conclusion. If we have to go through all that again only to potentially end up with the status quo at the end-ahhhhhhhh! I probably shouldn’t worry too much about it, I’m from MA and whatever happens at the federal level we can’t escape, but–ahhhhhhhhhhh! 😉

  4. I’m disgusted with almost all politicians of both parties at this point. The Dem running for DA here in San Antonio is a spoiled rich boy who never worked a day in his life, lived the party life on daddy’s dime, and has a criminal conviction for selling Ecstasy. But he’s running for freaking district attorney. Great. I guess I’ll vote for the woman R on that one.

  5. Has this been posted. Don’t even tell me he’s going to try to get her to haul his sorry ass over the finish line again!

    TRENDING: Obama-Clinton ticket ‘on the table,’ Woodward says

    (CNN) – Some called a Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton pairing the “Dream Ticket” in 2008. It didn’t happen.

    But what about 2012?

    “It’s on the table,” veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward told CNN’s John King in an interview for John King, USA to air Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. “Some of Hillary Clinton’s advisers see it as a real possibility in 2012.”


  6. Meanwhile, Harry could be in real trouble in NV after all:

    Reid on the Ropes in Nevada

    Republican Sharron Angle seems to be solidifying her support in her bid to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada.

    In the latest Fox News battleground state poll of likely voters, Angle drew 49 percent to Reid’s 46 percent. As voters make up their mind with four weeks to go until Election Day, Angle seems to have the edge.

    In the first Fox battleground poll in the Silver State four weeks ago, 10 percent of respondents were either unsure, in favor of a minor party candidate or, as state law allows in Nevada, planning to vote for “none of these candidates.”

    In this week’s poll, those three categories add up to 5 percent. Over the same period, Angle’s overall vote percentage went from 45 percent to 49 percent.

    Democratic strategists hope to prevent an Angle win by driving up her unfavorable ratings and pushing voters to choose a minor party candidate or “none of these.” Angle was viewed unfavorable by 53 percent in the survey. But Reid was viewed unfavorably by 55 percent.

    Angle’s supporters are growing more certain of their support, too. Two weeks ago, 10 percent of Angle supporters said they could still change their minds. That number has dropped to 4 percent.

    While Angle’s lead is still within the poll’s 3-point margin of error, this is the first Fox battleground poll in Nevada to show a difference of more than 1 point.

    The survey generally reflects a sharpening of opinion in Nevada. A strengthening among Democrats lifted Obama’s job approval from 40 percent to 44 percent. Support for the Tea Party movement, meanwhile, rose from 25 percent to 30 percent.

    The race remains a true tossup, though, because voters aren’t very happy with their choices. Fifty six percent of all voters said Reid had been in office too long and 53 percent said Angle’s views were “too extreme.”


  7. You are coming back with a vengeance, myiq2xu! So glad to see you posting multiple times a day again 😀

  8. Daschle: Public Option ‘Taken Off The Table’ In July Due To ‘Understanding People Had With Hospitals’

    Wonder who got the cheeseburger for this?

    In his book, Daschle reveals that after the Senate Finance Committee and the White House convinced hospitals to to accept $155 billion in payment reductions over ten years on July 8, the hospitals and Democrats operated under two “working assumptions.” “One was that the Senate would aim for health coverage of at least 94 percent of Americans,” Daschle writes. “The other was that it would contain no public health plan,” which would have reimbursed hospitals at a lower rate than private insurers.


  9. Holy crap, these people have nothing. This POS may be off the air before New Years.

    Sneak preview of tonight’s “Parker Spitzer”: Oliver Stone calls Palin a moron

    HotAir Link for the right wing allergic.

    • Lol And despite being a drug addict who, judging from his movies, believes a woman’s place is prone or on a pole, he’s still chock full of incredibly valuable insight.

  10. The NYT has predictions for the senate, and I have mine. WV goes R because it’s its nature, and if WA goes R, the GOP controls the senate.

  11. Kramer for Prez. $%^&$#@*!

  12. Did Oliver Stone ever call George Bush a moron?

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