Action diary

ACTION NEEDED, to Help Tammy and Vets

Yesterday they had the hearing, finally, on the Tammy Duckworth and Scott Gould nominations to the Veterans Administration.


During the hearing Senator Burr, of North Carolina, stated he had some questions he wanted to pass on to Tammy in written form and have answered. I thought that very odd at the time as the reason for these hearings is to have the nominees answer questions, also if there were more than he thought his alloted time would take he had plenty of time to have already written and sent to her, this hearing had already been delayed far to long, especially as we need these personal in place with these two theaters still on going and Afghanistan ramping up.


Is There a Lawyer In the House?

I am travelling to DC next week to draw attantion to a series of Medicaid Rules Changes proposed by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). I have previously diaried one of the Rules Changes on e Pluribus Media here and my proposed action here. I will be diarying the issue again one more time prior to leaving for DC. It should appear on an epm station in your hometown (as well as your state's progressive blog site) within the next 48 hours.

Now, I need to ask for some help from you. I plan to drop in, cameraman in tow, to several less than friendly MSM offices while I am in DC to ask them why they are not covering this story. Is there a lawyer in the house who can help me if I either get arrested, or if my camcorder is confiscated? I am not wealthy and so I must ask for your pro bono assistance if at all possible.

My Covert Media Op to Save Public Hospitals

In early December, I diaried a proposed Medicaid Rules change, which, if it goes into effect in May as scheduled, will result in draconian cuts to public and teaching hospitals. This is a non-partisan issue: the US v. the Bush Administration. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Sue Myrick (R-NC) have introduced HR 3533, the Preserve Our Public and Teaching Hospitals Act into the house to block the odious rules change. Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Elizabeth Dole (R-NC)have attemtped to introduce a moratorium on the rule in the senate.

Unfortunately, the good guys have not been able to muster the votes to extend an existing moratorium on the rules change, which would spare our frayed public health care infrastructure a possibly mortal blow for at least another year.