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Robust Public Option Health Care Bill with 121 Co-Sponsors Introduced in Congress

  • Bill offers consumers a choice between pricey private health plans and a "robust" public plan in the health insurance exchanges set up by the law.
  • Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick

Sahil Kapur, Raw Story<m>

What, did you think the fight for health care reform was over?

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), co-chair of the progressive caucus, is making good on her promise to continue pushing for a public health insurance option after the enactment of sweeping reform legislation.

On Thursday (July 22) afternoon, the Northern California congresswoman announced the introduction of a bill offering consumers a choice between private plans and a "robust" public plan in the health insurance exchanges set up by the law.

"The robust public option offers lower-cost competition to private insurance companies," Woolsey told Raw Story. "This will make insurance more affordable for those who do not have it and keep insurance affordable for those who do. We are introducing the public option now so is will be available as a ready-made off set or deficit reducer in this or the next Congress."

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Obama’s Health Care Bill Is Enough to Make You Sick, Chris Hedges, TruthDig

  • The new health care legislation not only mocks the lofty promises made by President Barack Obama, exposing most as lies, but sadly reconfirms that our nation is hostage to unchecked corporate greed and abuse.
  • The dizzying array of technical loopholes in the bill—written in by armies of insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists—means that these companies, which profit off human sickness, suffering and death, can continue their grim game of trading away human life for money.


Where has all the Navy money gone?

U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA)  Minnesota Chapter took $1.56 million out of Minnesota from 2004-2009 and mysteriously dissolved last May under threat of legal liabilities. Its national commander is a top contributor to Michele Bachmann and has since disappeared.

Karl Bremer

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

Out of more than $1.14 million the U.S. Navy Veterans Association Minnesota Chapter claims to have spent on charitable programs and services in Minnesota since 2004, only $26,300 can be positively accounted for: two $10,000 donations to a St. Paul Veterans Center in 2007 and one $6,300 donation to Twin Cities Public Television in 2008.

The rest of the money from the organization that went to benefit individuals was allegedly spent to provide such generic things as “direct cash assistance,” food, clothing, publications, “care packages” for service members, and “psychological counseling and comfort” for survivors of veterans. But there is little evidence or documentation of those services in records filed with the state or IRS. Furthermore, the officers for the Minnesota Chapter of the USNVA cannot be found, nor can any address for the group other than UPS drop boxes be located.

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The Strange World of Emmer Math

After doing a little math, it turns out that real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) per capita state general fund spending has grown by 5.1% from FY 2000-01 to FY 2010-11.  This translates to an average annual growth rate of one-half percent.

Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer made a shocking statement on Thursday’s (June 15) Midmorning program on MPR: “Spending has almost doubled in the last decade in this state.”  The statement is false.

In order for something to double, it must grow by 100%.  From FY 2000-01 to FY 2010-11, total state spending is projected to grow by 62.7%.  (A more common measure of state spending—general fund spending—is projected to increase by 28.7% over this period.)  By no stretch of the imagination can 62.7% be called “nearly 100%” and thus it is not “nearly double.”

My sister Donna is 63 years old.  According to Emmer math, she is “nearly 100.”  (Sorry, Donna.)  The statement that Donna is “nearly 100” is more accurate than Emmer’s statement that state spending has “nearly doubled,” since Donna at age 63 is closer to 100 than growth in state spending is to 100%.

Even so, 62.7% growth over the course of a decade might seem like a lot of growth, but let’s dissect this number.  The combined rate of inflation and population growth over the last decade is approximately 54.7%.  After doing a little math, it turns out that real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) per capita state general fund spending has grown by 5.1% from FY 2000-01 to FY 2010-11.  This translates to an average annual growth rate of one-half percent.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: No to Oligarchy

One Sane Senator
An old-fashioned debate on tax fairness

Nicolle Bell, Crooks & Liars

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

Thank God there's at least one senator who is speaking sense:

The American people are hurting. As a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street, millions of Americans have lost their jobs, homes, life savings and their ability to get a higher education. Today, some 22 percent of our children live in poverty, and millions more have become dependent on food stamps for their food.And while the Great Wall Street Recession has devastated the middle class, the truth is that working families have been experiencing a decline for decades. During the Bush years alone, from 2000-2008, median family income dropped by nearly $2,200 and millions lost their health insurance. Today, because of stagnating wages and higher costs for basic necessities, the average two-wage-earner family has less disposable income than a one-wage-earner family did a generation ago. The average American today is underpaid, overworked and stressed out as to what the future will bring for his or her children. For many, the American dream has become a nightmare.

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