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Real-Life Health Insurance Horror Stories

October 19, 2009

Guest: Joel Segal
Halloween is around the corner.
And these tales of blood, guts, and horror on the television show tonight are sure you to raise the hair on your neck and give you chills and goose bumps.
They are not ghost stories. But real-life horror from those with private health insurance. Share your own stories in comments below.
We need a public option NOW.

Why March? — Four Civil Rights Bills

October 14, 2009

Mark is on the Leslie Marshall show today talking about the Gay Rights March and Congressman Barney Frank’s comment that “the only thing the marchers are putting pressure on is the grass.”
We march to approve four laws:  to work, to marry, to serve our country, and to be free from violence.  These are conservative, mainstream American values…if conservatives only weren’t too bigoted to see that.

PHOTO: A rainbow flag in front of a real, unfinished rainbow glimmering at the National Equality March.
Could nature have provided a better symbol of our fervent but still unrealized hopes and dreams?

The Public Option is the Only Option (for Health Care Insurance Reform)

October 13, 2009

(Today’s Dialogue show included a pledge drive for WPFW.)
1.  Public support for public option is at an astounding 83%, including 53% who strongly support it
(See Figure 3.)
This poll was not financed by any progressive groups.  It was financed by large major corporations, AARP, and Blue Cross!!!!  Full list:  AARP, American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Buck Consultants, Chevron, Deere & Company, IBM, Mercer, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Principal Financial Group, Schering-Plough Corp., Shell Oil Company, The Commonwealth Fund, and Towers Perrin.
So, if anything, the 83% number is LOW!
2. We have 52 solid Senate votes in support of a public option.
Why should we back down?  We have the majority.
a. We may well reach 60.
b. If not, we may get 60 to block the filibuster with Dems not on board at least voting for cloture.
c. And if that all fails, we have reconciliation which requires 50.
So we will win one way or the other in the Senate.
And in the House, it’s a done deal.

Gay Rights: Are Dems Too Slow?

October 12, 2009

Gay Rights: Are Congress and the President Too Slow?

October 12, 2009

President Obama and the Democrats in Congress swear to the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender community that they will keep their promises.  There are four, listed in order of least-important, easiest-to-get to most important, hardest-to-get:
– Hate Crimes Legislation
– Employment Non-Discrimination
– Freedom to Serve in the Military
– Repeal of “Defense of Marriage Act”
In my opinion, the Democrats in Congress must achieve at least the first 3 by November 2010. Or they will see that GLBT supporters will simply stop giving money to Democrats. Many also — although I do not recommend this — will stay home and not vote.
If there is a Republican rout in 2010, let me the first to explain why strong and tireless supporters of the Democratic Party — namely gays and lesbians and their friends and family, parents and children — stayed home.
President Obama will have to deliver more than a great speech.

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