The Back-Up Plan: More Made up Deadlines and Another Fake Crisis

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 11:05 am

It hasn’t been stated enough that if members of Congress are really concerned about the negative economic consequences of letting the sequestration cuts go into effect, they can simple take ten minutes to repeal them. There is zero need for a broad deal or a can-kicking back-up plan to address the immediate economic issues.

The Game IS Rigged

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 8:12 am

Michael Bennet gets caught in a moment of rare honesty with an open mike in the Senate: “It’s all rigged. The whole conversation is rigged. The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck. It’s just rigged.” Of course it is.  They [...]

Failed Private Insurance Middlemen: Like Tumors, You’ve Got to Shrink Them or Cut Them Out

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 4:17 pm

Want to see into the future? Look at the ongoing fight over premium increases for policies on the Massachusetts Connector (exchange), and the effort by the state regulator to control prices, and you’ll get a glimpse–because the health care plan just put into law would effectively replicate the Massachusetts health care system in every state. [...]

Budget Reconciliation Instructions: An Incredibly Important, Potentially Powerful Tool for Progressive Change

By: Monday March 29, 2010 11:34 am

With health care and student loan reform passed, one of the next tasks Congress will soon take up is the annual budget. The “budget resolution” is a non-binding resolution by Congress outlining how they plan to spend money. The budget resolution is not law (so doesn’t need to be signed by the President), and, as [...]

Bennet’s Office Lies About Public Option Amendment

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 11:03 am

Michael Bennet and his staff are just lying. Plain and simple. There is no other way to say it. They claim that fulfilling his commitment to call for an up-or-down vote on the public option will “kill the health care bill.” That is absurd. The bill that expands insurance coverage was already signed into law. This reconciliation bill, with its minor changes for the employer mandate, and changes to the excise tax, is not playing games with the lives of millions of Americans. Whether this new bill passes or not it will have little impact on our health care system.

Self-Interested Veal Pen Outfits Step Up to Kill the Public Option

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 10:16 am

Having suckered you into giving up your email address, fundraised heavily and built up their mailing lists by disingenuously flogging the public option, the veal pen turns around and shoots it in the back to save Michael Bennet’s ass. Yesterday SEIU and Progress Colorado showed up when David Sirota and 40-50 public option supporters delivered 34,000 petition signatures to Bennet’s office to protest AGAINST the public option.

Michael Bennet “Doesn’t Confuse the Blogosphere with Real People and Real Voters”

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 9:14 am

Hey, Internet! Did you know that by reading news in an online medium you cede your rights as both a voting citizen and as a person? According to Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, that’s all true!

Bennet is feeling the pressure at home for bailing on his promise to “save the public option,” and now he’s lashing out. A local TV news outlet in Bennet’s hometown of Denver reported last night that Bennet says he “doesn’t confuse the blogosphere for real people and real voters.”

Why Is Richard Trumka Taking Money From College Students to Pay for Union Fix?

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 7:53 am

Richard Trumka was all about the public option back in September, when he said in no uncertain terms that the AFL-CIO “won’t support the bill if it doesn’t have the public option in it.” And to his credit, one of the only reasons it stayed in the debate as long as it did was because [...]

David Sirota and Public Option Supporters Deliver Petitions to Michael Bennet’s Office

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 5:12 pm

David Sirota, Kelly Canfield and 40-50 others delivered a petition with 35,000 signatures on it, asking Michael Bennet to keep his promise and introduce an amendment for an up-or-down vote on the public option in the Senate. SEIU and Progress Colorado showed up to demonstrate AGAINST the public option, advancing the pravda-esque notion that the [...]

Hey Colorado: Help Deliver Public Option Petitions to Michael Bennet Tomorrow

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 7:42 pm

Michael Bennet was all about the public option when it didn’t matter.  Now that the health care bill has passed and the President has signed it, there’s no way that introducing an amendment can stop it from going through — so why is Bennet nowhere to be found? Thirty four thousand people have signed the [...]

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