Shaking off the Hangover of the Primary Wars

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 10:13 am

While I’m delighted with the new visitors and the vibrant conversation that’s happening at FDL, we’re not doing anything different than we’ve always done. As people emerge from the primary haze, we’re right where we’ve always been – fighting for a progressive agenda regardless of who is in power.

Do You Trust Govs Like Rick Perry to Make Sure the New Insurance Regulations Are Enforced?

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 8:15 am

It doesn’t take a magician’s trick to figure out that the Senate bill fails to lay the ground work for future progressive change. It dooms health care activists to 40 years of fighting to undo the bad structure this Senate bill would put in place.

How To Get Rich on the Financial Services Committee

By: Thursday December 31, 2009 7:19 am

There’s no reason that members should be taking contributions from industries they regulate as members of a committee. Nor should they be on one that pays an immediate family member. Evan Bayh’s wife went around soliciting participation on boards of businesses regulated by the Senate Banking Committee when her husband was appointed. Family members are one of the principal ways that cash finds its way into the pockets of members of Congress (Tom DeLay, Tom Daschle, Chris Dodd, etc. etc.)

If a member of Congress feels the need to take donations from a particular industry, or if their family member feels a strong need to do so, the member should resign from the committee and find a different one. There are plenty of ways to serve that don’t involve such conflicts of interest.

Wednesday Health Care Hightlights

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 4:15 pm

The public option fight was always a very serious battle about hundreds of billions of dollars and the foundation on which reform would be built. It was not just some symbolic fight over a sliver. The right and left outrage about the mandate to buy low-quality, poorly regulated, private insurance. Here is the first of [...]

Dear Sen. Harkin, These Are Terrible Materials For Building A Starter Home

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 3:30 pm

Sen. Tom Harkin continues to refer to the Senate health reform bill as a “starter home” in a new entry on the Huffington Post. Instead of that “partial loaf” analogy, I like to think of this bill as like a starter home. It is not the mansion of our dreams. But it has a solid [...]

American Private Health Insurance: A Very Bad Bargain

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 3:09 pm

Medicare spends about 97 cents on every dollar it collects in premiums to provide care. The Senate bill, if enforced properly, would only require private insurance companies to spend 80 cents of every dollar on actual care. We are creating health care “reform” using a system that we know is dramatically more wasteful than public [...]

FDL Activists Calling Progressive Reps. Against the Individual Mandate

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 2:27 pm

At the moment, we have a House bill with a public option and individual mandate, and a Senate bill without a public option but with an individual mandate to purchase health insurance.  As we move toward the conference process in which both bills are merged, the Senate has made clear its expectation that the House [...]

Thank Dennis Kucinich For Launching Fannie/Freddie Investigation

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 2:02 pm

Leadership in both parties has kept any kind of investigation into these government sponsored entities (GSEs) from happening. But Dennis Kuchinch is the Chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and he just doesn’t give a fuck.

It’s the right thing to do and it puts him in the driver’s seat. Good for Dennis.

Donate now.

Right & Left Agree: Mandates are the Road to Neofeudalism

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 10:08 am

As Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos said, “remove the mandate or kill this bill.” We’ve opened a “war room” at Firedoglake with information about calling your member of Congress to demand that this provision to bail out the insurance industry be removed from the health care bill before they agree to cast their vote in favor of it.

And nobody needs to pass an ideological purity test before they can use it.

Join us to oppose the mandate. Enter the war room.

The Public Option Is Not Symbolic; It Is Foundational

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 9:15 am

There is a myth that the public option was only a tiny idea blown out of proportion for symbolic reasons. The public option was never going to be truly tiny, it was only going to be small at its inception. It is not because it was “weak,” it was just strongly caged in. But even [...]