Daily archives: August 5th, 2009

Clarence Page is Spot On with GOP Health Care Scare

Stop by the the Chicago Tribune.  Clarence Page wrote a column about the scare tactics the birthers and other GOP servants are spreading regarding any attempts at true health care reform currently before congress.

From Clarence Page:

They have been aided in this mission by a key figure in the killing of Bill and Hillary Clinton‘s proposed health-care reforms in the early 1990s. Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, a conservative health-care specialist, lit the spark on various op-ed pages and talk shows, including former Sen. Fred Thompson‘s radio talk show.

There she told Thompson that “Congress would make it mandatory, absolutely require, that every five years, people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner.”

McCaughey added that the bill “expressly says if you get sick somewhere in that five-year period, you have to go through that session again, all to do what is in society’s best interest or your family’s best interest and [basically] cut your life short.”

Nonsense. The provision would require Medicare to pay for advanced-care consultations, but it does not requireindividuals to take advantage of the benefit.

Nor does it require that a government bureaucrat intervene among the patient, the patient’s family or a doctor or nurse practitioner, as McCaughey insists it does.

Look: read Mr. Page’s column.  We have to stay on message.  We must reform health care.  This will not be a repeat of the Clinton-era attempts at health care reform.  We know those who object to reform for who they are: they serve the health insurance industry.

They do not serve the American people.

Craig Williams, 23, Charged With Stabbing Death of Grandfather, 88

Two lives lost in south Chicagoland’s Richton Park.

One, and 88-year-old man.  The other, his 23-year-old grandson who allegedly stabbed him to death.  Prosecutors are already tossing around the words, “death penalty.”

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The stabbing occurred after a family party at the home of 88-year-old Sim Williams in the 22600 block of Amy Drive in Richton Park, according to a release from Richton Park police.

Williams was found dead on the floor of his upstairs bedroom about 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Williams died from multiple stab wounds and ruled his death a homicide.

Williams’ grandson, Craig Williams, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and armed robbery, police said.

A statement from the office of State’s Atty. Anita Alvarez on Wednesday afternoon said: “Based on the evidence gathered during the investigation this is a potential capital case.”

The victim:

A retired construction worker, Sim Williams lived in his Richton Park home since 2000 with his family, including his wife Ethel, who died in January 2008.

Sim Williams’ family described him as an easygoing man who loved his family. He had six children, 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

One of the comments under the story reads, “After reading this madness, I had to go hug my grandmother!”

No kidding.  Hug your grandmother.  Hug your grandfather.  Hug mom and dad.  Give them all a kiss.

And pray, pray for this family.

Olbermann on Congresswoman Michele Bachman

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Just enjoy the trip down memory lane.  My favorite bit from tonight’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Favorite fun fact? There’s no proof that carbon dioxide is dangerous because it occurs in nature. Yup. She said that.

Angry White GOP Health Insurance Co. Thugs Disrupt Dems’ Town Halls

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Who are these angry white Republicans who are disrupting Democratic congressmen and women at their town hall meetings?

Turns out they’ve been sent to these meetings by D.C. lobbying groups with ties to the health insurance industry.  Shouting out spoon-fed talking points from the insurance industry, they’re defending the millions of dollars these for-profit companies take in over our dead bodies.

Olbermann unmasked the Dems and GOP members of congress on the take from the health insurance industry.  Now Rachel Maddow exposes the lying liars recently heard screaming for the corporations at these town hall meetings.

Watch this video closely.  The insurance industry is actually claiming the proposed health care plans before congress with mandate sex change operations.

Don’t believe me?  Let’s go to Conservatives for Patients’ Rights.  Here’s their list of congressional town hall meetings.  Conservatives for Patients’ Rights is a Washington D.C. -based lobbying organization that’s run by Richard Scott, a former hospital executive.  According to Rachel Maddow, Scott was forced out of that company in the midst of a fraud investigation that resulted in the company paying a $1.7 billion fine.

That’s who these angry white Republicans are taking tap dancing lessons from.  As Maddow reports, “This is a health care industry-linked lobbying group organizing uprisings at town hall events.”

Let’s look at Freedom Works, which gives instructions on how to scream and shout at town hall meetings for that perfect YouTube sound bite, ensuring there will be no discussion, no civil discourse, at these events.

Republican strategists are claiming these shouting matches are simply Democracy in action.  What they are in fact is the absence of Democracy, wild attempts to stop dialogue, to make sure no intelligent discussion takes place. They scream and shout when anyone with a view different from their own begins to speak.  They are the voice of the health insurance industry clamping down on Democracy and each and every one of us, the American people, doing everything possible to shove us down and shut us up, so the industry can pick our pockets at will.

We see them for who they are.

So we call out these GOP insurance-industry-worshipping know-nothings, and applaud the Democrats and Republicans in congress who are seeking true healthcare reform.