The Fight For Universal Health Care Is On

originally posted 2009-02-13 12:15:15 -0500

This clip from  Countdown with Keith Olbermannis must listening. He exposes how the Republicans have kicked off their campaign against Universal Health Care by attacking the Stimulus Bill, and follows the story from the Drudge Report and Rush Limbaugh to CNN and Lou Dobbs.

Paul Krugman picked up on the fact that funding for "medical research" which had been removed from the Stimulus Bill by the Senate Compromise has been put back into the final package. He links to one of his earlier blog entries where he discusses the issue involved. The point is to put data to substantiate abuses by drug companies and insurers. Here's Krugman's explanation of the issue and what's freaking the conservatives. He links to an earlier Wall Street Journal article that explains why the drug and medical-devide industries have been  mobilizing to gut a proviso in the stimulus bill on research comparing medical treatments. They right wing is raising the hoary spectre that this would be opening the door to government rationing.

Here's the link that Krugman provides to their excellent summary of the issues.



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on your post because it was messing up the site on the front page. Just so's ya know.

The images and videos that are going to display inside of the right menu bar can't exceed 425px.

(Somebody should tell the webmistress.)

Images are easy to resize using the WYSIWYG editor, YouTubes and other embeds are a little harder. You can change the width by going into source and finding the width callouts (there are two) and changing the default width to 425.

through trial and error: Use the smaller YouTube setting if it is at the top of the post and use the medium settings if it is far enough below the fold. The biggest settings may bugger it up even if it far enough down to avoid the sidebar stuff.