Phoenix Woman


Obama on Health Care Reform: Minneapolis and Washington

By: Saturday September 12, 2009 2:48 pm

Obama’s actually starting to talk about the public option again. Keep letting him know you’re paying attention — if he really fears a repeat of 1994, let him know that listening to Rahm Emanuel is not the way to avoid one.

Kent Conrad’s “Co-ops”: Kicking You to the Curb So BCBS Execs Get Even More Unearned Bonuses

By: Tuesday September 8, 2009 11:59 am

While Blue Cross’ pet senator Kent Conrad pushes for co-ops, a scandal on the North Dakota prairie shows what happens when BCBS — which would be part of the co-op system — is allowed monopoly status in a given area.

Showing That California Isn’t TOTALLY Messed Up

By: Wednesday September 2, 2009 9:30 am

Good news from California on the health-care reform front — we’re about to get John Garamendi (a strong friend of reform and someone MUCH better than the former occupant) in Cali-10.

Why Does Mike Huckabee Lie? Why Does Our Media Let Him Lie Unchallenged?

By: Friday August 28, 2009 6:28 pm

It’s not just that the Villagers are passing along without comment or correction RNC-dictated lies about Teddy Kennedy. It’s that the Republicans’ lies are based on projection.

Michele Bachmann Brings the Crazy to Health Care Reform

By: Friday August 28, 2009 3:01 pm

Michele Bachmann held a town hall forum at Lake Elmo that went pretty much the way you would expect it to have gone. At the opening the attendees were told to recite the Pledge of Allegiance (with the "under God" part, natch, that was added during the McCarthy years), followed by a singer brought in [...]

More on Teddy, Wheel-Dealing, and the Public Option

By: Thursday August 27, 2009 9:23 pm

Joe Conason has a good piece in Salon on Edward Kennedy’s liberalism, his backing of the public option, and his talent for true bipartisanship — in other words, how Teddy could get even the most conservative Republicans to back his legislation on occasion without selling himself and us out. Add reformed Cigna executive Wendell Potter to the list of experts who back a public option. And because we need cute furry things in our lives, Rochelle Lesser (who is greater to me) offers us this lovely improvement on my first Tedicare (see also picture in this post).

The Public Option: Tedicare for All!

By: Thursday August 27, 2009 11:46 am

Naming a bad bill after Teddy is an insult to his memory. It’s better to name the key thing he wanted, the one thing that was non-negotiable to him, after him: The public option. In that spirit, I decided to break out the graphics program and create a little Teddy for Teddy, and call it “Tedicare”. I’ve put a basic slogan on Tedicare’s chest, but readers are invited to come up with better ones. Tedicare for All!

Look Who’s Lying About Teddy

By: Thursday August 27, 2009 10:41 am

Max Baucus and his fellow travelers for Big Pharma and Big Insurance are pretending that single-payer champion Teddy Kennedy would approve of their selling him out with their co-op bills, saying he would welcome that “compromise”. What they aren’t telling you is that Teddy already did compromise by dropping single-payer for the public option, and eliminating the public option would make a “reform” bill worse than no bill at all.

As if the Linkage Wasn’t Blatant Enough

By: Friday August 7, 2009 11:50 am

One of the key thing the astroturfing teabaggers and their Republican fellow travelers have learned to do is to strongly disavow the very idea that the teabaggers’ efforts to shut down Democratic legislators’ town hall forums are anything but wholesome spontaneous grass-roots affairs, with no corporate or Republican backing whatsoever. As Jason Rosenbaum points out over at The Seminal, that just got a little bit harder to say with a straight face.

Glenn Beck Fan Busted for Casing National Guard Base

By: Sunday August 2, 2009 11:45 am

Dear CNN and Fox: This is what happens when you give a microphone, and false legitimacy, to people like Glenn Beck. Sow the crazy wind, reap the danger-to-herself-and-others whirlwind.