Sunday, January 30, 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tell Dems: Force Republicans to go on the record against popular reforms.

please sign petition and spread the word.

New GOP scapegoat: public workers

Important news segment on gop attacks on government workers.
this is a well done segment. As a retired fed, I can attest to the value of our work and the merits of the remarks made in this video. The Republican attacks on us is outrageous. But what else is new.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

House Republicans Remove "Civil Rights" and "Labor" From Committee Names

Better to be a slave than have civil rights, and employees should not have any protections.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Impact of reform on national health costs; network help

just learned of this report that makes a great case for reform laws + impact on national health costs. many thanks to commonwealth fund and stu guterman and karen davis for this valuable report.  this needs greater publicity.

on another note, I have several friends who are job hunting, some are senior folks with health backgrounds, some are senior with environmental, legal, etc backgrounds, and some are recent graduates, etc.  would appreciate any help in info about positions or persons willing to help them network, e.g., meet with them for informational interviews, etc.  or any other suggestions. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Debunking False Claims About Health Reform, Jobs, and the Deficit

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities is a very well respected analytic organization that has liberal leanings, but respected for sound thinking. This review is quite a scathing attack on the Republican criticism of CBO's reports. Hooray for CBPP and CBO.

CBO analysis on repeal of health reform

Thursday, January 6, 2011

end of life counseling

an article was posted that criticizes the administration's decision on the rules re this provision.  see

One commenter (Vaccine) on the article. states:

Repealing this regulation in no way prevents doctors from talking to  patients about end of life planning - it just means Medicare won't pay  doctors extra for certain types of conversations.  Conversations, which  incidentally are intended to save the Medicare program money by  encouraging patients to affirmatively think about whether they want  expensive all-means-possible end of life efforts.

I responded to the article and her comment. 

I think Vaccine makes a very useful comment. I agree that end of life counseling is extremely valuable. In essence those who oppose it, are saying they want a government that wants people to die a painful death rather than a peaceful death. However, the political realities is that the administration was politically obligated to remove this language from the regulation, because they did not include it in the proposed rule and they had agreed to remove this language in order to get the bill passed.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

sebellius defends reform

here is a good defense of reform.  

Countering the attack on health reform

with the attack mounting on health reform, I see the need for us to get involved again in supporting it.  please let me know thoughts on this. 

I am planning to organize phone banks again and welcome help on this.  have some thoughts on pr material. think obama needs to speak from oval office at some point.  rallies are needed.

here are a few talking points

the republicans want a government that:

o    denies health care to 50 million people, so that they can suffer unnecssarily,

o   raises the cost of health care by x%, and increases our debt by $1 trillion

o   raises drug costs for medicare benes

o   lower the quality of medical care and increase inefficiencies in health care

o   insists that dying patients suffer much pain and not allow them the option of a peaceful and/or pain free death

o   undermines the competitiveness of our all our industries to other countries because of the high cost and inefficient health care

is this the government that we want.

or do we want a government that (the opposite of all these statements)

please let me know comments on this.

NYT: U.S. Alters Rule on Paying for End-of-Life Planning

 see this article  by robert pear who first brought the issue to the public's attention. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Current House Chairs defend health reform

a well written counter to Republican plans to dismantle law by the three outgoing democratic committee chairs in the house with jurisdiction over the bill.