Corp Media Wont Report On Health Insurers

Do read this by dday and then watch the video below. Health insurers refuse to stop denying coverage to people after they get sick. Testifying to Congress they said, “No” they will not stop this. Watch the video.
If you know about this at all it is because you read blogs. The corporate media outlets refuse to let the public know about this. You can come up with a number of reasons, but the fact is that they are not reporting on this story.
So go read Daily Kos: Paul Begala calls out the media: expose the insurance industry!

Since the media will not report on this, you have to. Send the video to people and explain to them what it means. Health insurance companies refuse to stop “rescission” which is denying insured people the coverage they have paid for — after they get sick. This is why we need at the very least a “public option” in health care coverage. Demand this.

Lobbyists Laughing At Dems

Here’s a story about lobbyists getting Democrats to weaken the climate change legislation, and laughing about it.
THE INFLUENCE GAME: Excuse me! Lobby wins on burps

The message circulating in Internet chat rooms, the halls of Congress and farm co-ops had America’s farms facing financial ruin if the EPA required them to purchase air-pollution permits like power plants and factories do. The cost of those permits amounted to a cow tax, farm groups argued.
“It really has taken on a life of its own,” said Rick Krause, a lobbyist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, which coined the term cow tax and spread it to farmers across the country. “This is something that people understand. All that we have to say is that (cows) are the next step with these proposed permit fees. And people are still talking about it.”
Administration officials and House Democratic leaders have tried to assure farm groups that they have no intention of regulating cows. That effort, however, has done little to ease the concern of farmers and their advocates in Congress about the toll that regulating greenhouse gases will have on agriculture.
[. . .] The climate bill specifically excludes enteric fermentation — the fancy term for the gas created by digestion and expelled largely by burping — from the limit it would place on greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation directs the EPA not to include it among the various sources that could be subject to new performance standards.

Read the whole article, how it mocks Democrats and praises lobbyists for how effective they are at blocking important legislation.
But it’s not like climate change is serious or anything…

Events in Iran

I am watching events unfolds in Iran. I suspect that a lot of what is circulating about events is engineered. For example at exactly the right time just after the election a rumor circulated claiming that people inside Iran’s Interior Ministry were confirming that the election was stolen, they were upset so they were leaking this. I suspect this was a planted story from an intelligence service working (rightly) to bring down the Iranian government. And good for them for this. A more moderate regime in Iran would be good for the world and for the people of Iran.
I wonder if the story of Mousavi saying he is “ready for martyrdom” is such a plant. If so it is exactly the right thing at the right time. And the story that he is asking supporters to go on strike if he is arrested – same thing.
I find CNN is just unwatchable! They give a minute of what is happening in Iran, and then turn to covering how people in the US are following it or reacting to it. It’s all about the US, demonstrations in support of Iran in the US, etc, and very little about what is actually happening. I don’t have time for that, so I just turn to a channel that is actually covering news right now and that is Fox. Ouch. And then Fox puts some right-wiong nut on to talk about it and I turn back to CNN. Bad choices all around.

Unemployment Number Dropped Because Benefits Ran Out

The “good” news in today’s unemployment report was that the number of “continuing claims” dropped. The bad news is that the reason this number dropped because so many people’s unemployment benefits are running out.
In the coming months you will hear more and more “good” news like this – and it will be sold as good news. But this number really means more and more people are getting into ever worse conditions because the economy is not providing jobs and the government is no longer helping. After all, regular people are not “too big to fail.”
Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis: Continuing Claims Drop First Time In 21 Weeks. Is This Worth Getting Excited Over?

. . . Government figures, in fact, show the proportion of recipients who used up their jobless benefits in May topped 49 percent, a monthly record.

[. . .] The drop in continuing claims means more home foreclosures and credit card defaults are coming because 49% of those who were receiving benefits now have no money coming in at all.

Yes,more people using up their unemployment benefits means more people who can’t pay their mortgages, rent, car payments, credit card bills, or go shopping, etc. On top of this several states are running out of money and will start laying people off.
But the “recession” is over, right? I don’t think so. I think we have to go through some hard times to break the “stock market always goes up” kind of thinking that is keeping people from finding real solutions to real problems.

So Hard For Republicans

Oh the poor Republicans and their victimization fetish. Here’s the latest: a Republican Twittered that the struggle of the Iranian people is just like the heroic struggle of the Republicans against the Democrats.
People are responding in sympathy. Some examples:

My neighbor stopped me to talk today. Now I know what it is like to be questioned by the Basij!
I got a splinter in my hand today. Felt just like Jesus getting nailed to the cross.
Walked out onto Constitution Ave in D.C. and was almost hit by a taxi. Reminded me of Tienanmen Square.
ran through the sprinklers this morning, claimed solidarity with victims of Hurricane Katrina
Had to move all my stuff to a new office w/o a corner view. Now i know what the Trail of Tears was like.

It gets better. Go see: Pete Hoekstra Is A Meme

ACTION: Put an End to Backroom Health Care Deals

If you want the health care reform to have a “public option” instead of just orgering you to hand your money over to private insurance companies, you need to go read and DO this: Open Left:: ACTION: Put an End to Backroom Health Care Deals

Today, along with Health Care for America Now, Democracy for America and numerous blogs, a campaign is being launched to put an end to the backroom deals on health care. We made and delivered on a commitment to bring about wide Democratic majorities in Congress. Now, instead of negotiating in secret, this Congress needs to make a public commitment to us on where it stands on health care.
. . . Email–don’t call, but email–these four questions to your Senators now. Make it clear that you want a written response to all four questions. There needs to be as little room for interpretation as possible. The Senate is going to be the biggest hurdle on health care, as it has proven to the biggest hurdle on all legislation in 2009. That is where we must focus our pressure.

OK, so the big corporations have the power to keep us from getting a national health care plan, but we can at least fight for an option to buy into a Medicare-like plan.

Without A Public Option

Congress is getting ready to pass a law requiring all of us to cough up big money to buy health insurance from the big insurance companies.
Never mind that most people want a real national health care system, instead we get a requirement that we give even more money to big corporations who give little back. The idea of a “public option” that lets us at least buy into Medicare was proposed to help offset this. But that wouldn’t have us all ordered by law to cough up big money to the insurance companies, so it looks like that option is going away.
This reminds me of a few years ago when Congress made it illegal to sue fast food companies that harm their customers.

Schwarzenegger’s Talk Was Cheap

This post originally appeared at Speak Out California

Governor Schwarzenegger has talked about the need to act responsibly and pass a budget.
So the legislature is trying to do just that.  According to the Sacramento Bee,

“… the Legislature’s joint budget conference committee, on a party-line vote, adopted a plan that included about $2 billion in new oil production and cigarette taxes to help bridge a $24 billion budget gap.”

So what is the Governor’s response to a balanced approach to fixing the budget?

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he wouldn’t sign a plan that was balanced with tax increases.”

He will shut down the state, close the schools, lay off thousands of workers, because the legislature balances the cuts with small tax increases on tobacco and oil companies.

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No Info On Stimulus Effect – Why Not?

Why has the Obama admin been silent on the effects of the stimulus? The public thinks that a trillion dollars has been spent with no effect. HAS there been an effect?
The Obama administration should be showing where jobs are being saved by stimulus money showing up. They should be hiliting where construction is beginning. They should be taking credit for any good news that shows up. So far, if they have been doing this I certainly haven’t heard it, and I know the general public hasn’t either.
This is bound to be hurting public perception of government and of Obama.

Why A Public Option In Health Care Plan Is Necessary

In the discussion over health care reform the big debate is over whether to have a “public option” that lets people buy health care from the government instead of private companies.
Read about one reason this is necessary: Healthcare CEOs Shoot Themselves in the Foot | Mother Jones,

A Texas nurse said she lost her coverage, after she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, for failing to disclose a visit to a dermatologist for acne.

Of course a Medicare-For-All national health care plan is the best approach, and the only one that will work. But due to the power of large corporations over our democracy that is “off the table” and not even allowed to be discussed. So we are instead debating whether to let people buy a reasonable policy or just force them to give money to big companies.