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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009
Republican leaders uniformly refuse to join former President Jimmy Carter in condemning the explicit racism of many of the signs and catcalls at organized protests against President Barack Obama’s health reform proposals. Even people waving signs depicting the president as a half-naked...
Friday, Sept. 11, 2009

It’s just a scheme to halt health care reform

After a summer of politics marked by esoteric phrases like "co-ops" and "insurance exchanges," the newest kernel of ubiquitous arcana is the term "trigger mechanism." This proposal, which is gaining momentum after President Obama's speech to Congress, would have any national health legislation...
09.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Now in its eighth year, Fighting Bob Fest draws more than 10,000 progressives and activists to Baraboo to discuss politics and brainstorm solutions. In this Shepherd Q&A, its founder, attorney and former gubernatorial candidate Ed Garvey, previewed this year’s fest and offered his thoughts on some of the biggest political questions of the day. Shepherd: What does it mean to be a ...
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

He Explains How Insurance Companies Are Protecting Their Profits and Fighting Health Care Reform

Hugely profitable insurance companies are behind the efforts to derail health care reform, argues Wendell Potter, a former public relations executive for insurers Humana and CIGNA. Once a crafter of spin and damage control for the insurance industry, Potter has had a change of heart and now is speaking out...
08.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Try to wrap your brain around the latest op-ed from Patrick McIlheran supporting the notion that Obama wants to kill granny via his death panels. It’s a favorite topic of McIlheran’s. There’s no evidence that death panels are included in the health care reform bill. McIlheran sniffs at the numerous investigations showing that nothing even close to death panels are in the bill. ...
08.18.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
I know, I know�life�s too short to fact-check Patrick McIlheran, but somebody�s got to do it. His jaw-dropping fear-mongering in his recent column �Pity and the Public Value of Your Life� was downright scary�scary that it appeared in the pages of a mainstream newspaper that supposedly fact-checks its content. First off is his a...
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009
I know I should be mortified by the lobbyist-organized mobs of angry Brooks Brothers mannequins who are now making headlines by shutting down congressional town hall meetings. I know I should be despondent during this, the Khaki Pants Offensive in the Great American...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rally for Obama, counting votes and contributions

Sunday’s standing-room only Organizing for America rally at American Serb Hall helped to galvanize support for President Barack Obama’s broad plans for health care reform. Without getting bogged down in details, the crowd called on members of Congress to support Obama's...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Plus Heroes and Jerks of the Week

Over the next few months the health insurance industry is going to be financing a major ad campaign to try to convince you that your small-business employer is vehemently against President Obama’s health care reform. Even worse, they say, you may end up losing your job because...
Monday, June 29, 2009

Corporate medicine fuels cowardice

If Congress fails to enact health care reform this year-or if it enacts a sham reform designed to bail out corporate medicine while excluding the "public option"-then the public will rightly blame Democrats, who have...

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