Health Insurance Denied

I’ve been denied health care coverage (Blue Cross and Celtic), for the crime of having prior conditions.  It is therefore with bitter attachment I watch our government fight over health care reform.  If they wanted to, Republicans and Democrats could join together and pass a simple bill: Insurers should not be allowed to pick and choose who they cover.  They won’t.  They will bicker, grand stand and attach riders to bills and – in the end – fail to take decisive action.

I’m not in the mood to hear bullshit supporting the privilege of insurance companies to discriminate over the rights of individuals to affordable medical care.  The truth is that in any other industrialized nation this would not be an issue: It damn hell shouldn’t be in ours.

I have COBRA for a while longer, but its very expensive and the coverage isn’t that great.  Then I’m not sure what I’ll do.

The only thing I know I can do is stand with the President and fight, and hope he makes this a priority.  Hope everyone in congress makes this a priority.

In the meantime I’m left wondering how so many Senators and Representatives could care so little about the value of human life that they would rather defend the profit margins of insurance corporations than ensure their constituents are allowed medical care.

Please join me in making Health Care Reform a priority.

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The Porn Bailout?!

This is fucked up.  Via HuffPost:

An article in next month’s Atlantic asks, “Is porn recession proof?” According to porn magnate Larry Flynt and “Girls Gone Wild” king Joe Francis, the answer is no.

TMZ reports that the pornographer pair is heading to Washington to ask for a $5 billion porn bailout:

“With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind,” Flynt says. “It’s time for Congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America.”
Francis sees his industry like the big three automakers, only BIGGER: “Congress seems willing to help shore up our nation’s most important businesses; we feel we deserve the same consideration.”

Or perhaps its brilliant?  Will congress open their eyes to the insanity of having taxpayer money fund failed businesses?  A Democratic congress would be handing their seats to religious conservatives by passing this.  But by not passing it, they are sending a confusing message to the business community.  Both the car industry and the financial sector are crashing because they got greedy and made huge mistakes.  As news organizations being posturing for a bailout (over their industry’s central role in our civic life), other companies hit by the recession will start looking for a piece of the pie (most certainly retail).

Congress would be advised, regardless of their course, not to give  Joe Francis (convicted on charges of child pornography and prostitution, and accused of sexual battery and on another occasion rape) the time of day.  If I were a Senator I’d kick him hard in the balls on sight.  The positive political capital would more than balance out whatever I’d have to pay in the resulting civil suit.

Obama Shifts on Change, Says he Might Back Status Quo

SINCERITY BEACH, Fla. — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday he would be willing to support much of the status quo if that’s what it takes to push some of his minor ideas for changes through Congress.

Shifting from his clarion call for change, the Illinois senator told a Florida newspaper he could get behind a compromise with Republicans on just about anything.

Republican rival John McCain, who earlier dropped his last remaining moral, has been criticizing Obama on the stump and in broadcast ads for literally being Britney Spears in disguise. Polls indicate these attacks have helped McCain gain ground on Obama, though at the apparent cost of his waning lucidity.

“My interest is in making sure we balance my call for “Change We Can Believe In” with “Compromise That Gets Part of That Change Enacted”.  We’ve got the kind of bland middle of the road appeal that reaches out to most Americans,” Obama said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post.

“For example, the right to vote.  If, in order to get legislation passed to address the mockery its become, we have to compromise in terms of losing voter verified voting, or practices that disenfranchise minorities, _ I don’t want to be so rigid that we can’t get something done.”

“Plus my opponent is George Bush’s illegitimate time-child.”  Added the Senator.

Asked about Obama’s comment, McCain said, “We need civil rights and we need it now offshore. Our government has consistently opposed it for ordinary Americans. We have opposed citizen empowerment.  Obama has partially opposed these efforts.  What was the question again?  We’re bombing Iran next.” The GOP candidate said Obama doesn’t have a plan equal to the nation’s many challenges.

In Congress, both parties have fought bitterly over national policy for weeks, with Republicans pressing for more infringements on civil rights and Democrats railing publicly and compromising privately. Despite hundreds of hours of House and Senate floor debate, lawmakers will leave Washington for their five-week summer hiatus this week with an empty tank.

Confused and hurt citizens are advised to use this time wisely to rest and take stock of the situation.

Is Karl Rove Above the Law?

Karl Rove skipped out on a subpoena.  Will he be held accountable for breaking the law?  From a Brave New Films advisory (emphasis mine):

LOS ANGELES – A coalition of organizations has launched a new campaign urging the House Judiciary Committee to hold Karl Rove in contempt and send him to jail.  In a clear violation of the law, Rove has refused to comply with a Congressional subpoena calling on him to testify under oath about his involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.  Brave New Films, The Nation magazine, Campaign for America’s Future, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Progress Now Action and CREDO Mobile will host a press conference in Washington DC next Tuesday, prior to delivering a petition to the House Judiciary Committee urging committee members to “let Rove know he can’t decide which subpoenas he obeys and which he ignores.”

The online petition, created by Brave New Films and housed at SendRoveToJail.com, has amassed almost 100,000 names in less than six days.  The website also includes a short YouTube video outlining Rove’s involvement in the Siegelman case and making the case for holding Rove accountable.

http://sendrovetojail.com

“Karl Rove is not above the law,” said Robert Greenwald, founder and president of Brave New Films.  “Rove’s refusal to comply with a Congressional subpoena makes a mockery of the justice system.  Even former high government officials like Rove are accountable to the law. Rove needs learn that we live in a democracy, not a dictatorship.”

“Karl Rove has built a career out of bending the law, but now he seems to feel entitled simply to break it,” says Michael Kieschnick, President of CREDO Mobile.  “We expect the House Judiciary Committee to agree that Karl Rove is in contempt and should be sent to jail if he persists in his flagrant disregard for the laws of this country.”

This isn’t civil disobedience.  This isn’t an unjust law.  Rove is acting above the law to cover up deeper crimes committed by the Bush administration.

Karl Rove should go to jail.

Spying on Americans: Strike Back

Anyone in Congress voting to give telecoms immunity does not deserve to remain in office.  The deal brokered under heavy influence of lobbyist cash from the industry is a deep betrayal of the trust we put in our elected officials to represent us in government.  Slashdot:

Bimo_Dude writes “Today (June 20), Steny Hoyer is bringing to the House floor the latest FISA bill (PDF), which includes retroactive immunity for the telcos. The bill also is very weak on judicial review, allowing the telcos to use a letter from the president as a ‘get out of liability free’ card. Here are comments from the EFF. Glenn Greenwald, writing in Salon, describes the effect of the immunity clause this way: ‘So all the Attorney General has to do is recite those magic words — the President requested this eavesdropping and did it in order to save us from the Terrorists — and the minute he utters those words, the courts are required to dismiss the lawsuits against the telecoms, no matter how illegal their behavior was.'”

In even brokering this deal both parties dropped their primary responsibility to defend the Constitution of the United States and the rights protected by it.

Every single Representative who votes for the revised bill should face an aggressive campaign against them during the next election cycle.

Bush Planning Fake Treaty For Permanent Occupation of Iraq

Jonathan Schwarz has an important piece up on the Bush Administration’s attempt to override the wishes of our own Legislative branch and the Iraqi Parliament and set up a permanent occupation (emphasis mine):

A majority of the Iraqi parliament wants the US to leave Iraq, and for several years has been trying to prevent the mandate from being renewed unless it includes a specific timeframe for us to depart.

The executive branch of the Iraqi government (ie, Prime Minister Maliki and friends) wants the US to stay indefinitely. That’s because we want to stay, and Maliki is our puppet. Maliki therefore successfully got the UN to renew the mandate at the end of 2007, even though the Iraqi parliament opposed it and, under the Iraqi constitution, must approve all treaties. Maliki is exactly like Bush in this way; the legislative branch tries to assert its constitutional rights, and Maliki tells them: fuck you.

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Thus, Bush is attempting to create a bilateral “agreement” with Iraq via Maliki. It won’t be called a treaty, because as noted that would require the Iraqi parliament to approve it; even worse, under the US constitution, it would require the two-thirds approval of the US Senate.

So what the administration tried to do was quietly institute this accord between itself and Maliki (essentially between itself and itself), and write it so it was a treaty in all but name, giving the US the right to “protect” the Iraqi government from foreign and domestic threats.

President Bush wants to make us Iraq’s army.  He wants to make McCain’s 100 years a reality.

Jim Web: Sue the President

Born Fighting wasn’t just a campaign slogan.  This guy is still swinging (HuffPost):

Sen. Jim Webb thinks legal action against the Bush administration may be needed if the president pursues a long-term military presence in Iraq without Congress’ approval.

“I’m not convinced we don’t need to have a lawsuit ready,” Webb told the Huffington Post. “This is a classic separation of powers issue. I started to talk to people about this today.”

How often, in this country, do you look back on a vote you cast and think to yourself “Fuck Yeah!”?