Friday, June 26, 2009

Hunter On Sanford and Rush

Hopefully, you've heard about Rush Limbaugh's defense of Mark Sanford. Well, I just wanted to reprint Hunter's final words on the subject.
Now that "I've just been so depressed since my state was forced to take federal funding in order to help unemployed people and our school system" is a good excuse for getting kicked out of the house by your wife, swiping a state vehicle, abandoning your job as governor and booking a flight to Argentina for a ten-day bars'n'sex romp, I can't imagine what the hell could be next. Given how much they go on about marrying dogs, ducks and turtles, though, I think the repeal of DOMA could well result in a million-conservative march to the everglades for the world's largest freshwater orgy. - Hunter, DailyKos
Man, that guy Hunter knows his funny.

Health Insurers Don't Want To Pay

As usual, Digby has probably the best coverage of the unethical and illegal actions taken by health insurers in the name of that extra dollar of profit. In this case, testimony by a former Cigna Vice President about the policies and procedures used to drive those who actually use health insurance to, you know, cover health expenses off the rolls of insured Americans.
Wendell Potter is the name of the star witness, a former VP for corporate communications at insurance giant Cigna. His testimony was devastating, as he offered a step-by-step tour into how the insurance industry works to increase their profits. This is the system that Republicans and conservative Democrats want to hold a monopoly over your health care, in a forced market where you have to sign up with them.
...
The best way to drive down "medical-loss," explains Potter, is to stop insuring unhealthy people. You won't, after all, have to spend very much of a healthy person's dollar on medical care because he or she won't need much medical care. And the insurance industry accomplishes this through two main policies. "One is policy rescission," says Potter. "They look carefully to see if a sick policyholder may have omitted a minor illness, a pre-existing condition, when applying for coverage, and then they use that as justification to cancel the policy, even if the enrollee has never missed a premium payment." [...]

Potter also emphasized the practice known as "purging." This is where insurers rid themselves of unprofitable accounts by slapping them with "intentionally unrealistic rate increases." One famous example came when Cigna decided to drive the Entertainment Industry Group Insurance Trust in California and New Jersey off of its books. It hit them with a rate increase that would have left some family plans costing more than $44,000 a year, and it gave them three months to come up with the cash.
The insurers simply follow the profit motive. Under the current system, there is no profit in offering people care, only denying them it. And so competition in the marketplace, or more to the point competition on Wall Street to increase share price (because most insurance markets in this country are limited), depends on coming up with new and exciting ways to either deny care or off-load costs onto customers. -Digby
This is why we need a strong public option, not a co-op or any other watered down compromise. A strong public option will cause the health insurance market to compete on outcomes and coverage, not lack of those things.

This is why progressive organizations are asking for us to call our Senators and keep them focused on a public option, not any kind of alternative compromise.
Can you call Sens. Warner and Webb? Tell them that anything other than a strong public health insurance option is unacceptable—including the weak co-op proposal.

Senator Mark Warner
Phone: 202-224-2023

Senator James Webb
Phone: 202-224-4024

- MoveOn.org
Of course, when I called the Senators' offices, the voicemail boxes were full, so I sent a letter by fax instead.
Dear Senator Warner,

I am sending you a letter to request your strong and uncompromising support for a public option in any health care reform that passes the Senate. Any alternative, such as a “co-op” plan, is unacceptable. As the testimony by Wendell Potter before the Commerce Committee demonstrated, insurers cannot be trusted to achieve universal coverage themselves.

A single public insurance plan must be available to everyone, nationally, as an option to provide an honest and fair choice in a marketplace that has become unbalanced, oligopolistic, and inefficient. Only when faced with competition from a public plan will private insurers be forced to serve the needs and interests of their customers. I implore the Senator to be a champion of real reform.

Sincerely,

Paradox13VA
We can make real health care reform happen - this year. All it takes is enough Americans standing up and speaking out, writing their Senators and calling their Congresspeople. Take the time today, Virginia, to make that one call. Copy and paste the letter above (I give you full permission!) and send it by fax to Senators Warner and Webb. Take an action, now, today, to ensure that your kids don't lose their health insurance because of a spurious "pre-existing condition" in ten years. Those are the stakes, and this is the time.

Digby gets the last word.
These insurance industry groups claim that a public insurance option would dismantle their business. The goal of it would actually be to reverse those incentives. With millions of new customers entering the market, the profits have the potential to soar. But with a public option in competition, as long as there are strong regulations available so insurers cannot cherry-pick the healthy, suddenly they would have to compete on offering the best price or the highest quality plan. The arguments that government can deliver insurance with lower administrative costs, better economies of scale, etc. would be a feature and not a bug, and I don't think the public will react unfavorably to better-quality coverage at a lower price. - Digby

(With a tip-o-the-hat to OpenLeft.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bloggers Have Ethics

Well then. I'd never have expected behavioral scientists to study bloggers and blogging, but hey, I guess we're a societal subgroup now.
Whatever their reason for posting their thoughts online, bloggers have a shared ethical code, according to a recent study published in the journal New Media Society. Key issues in the blogosphere are telling the truth, accountability, minimizing harm and attribution, although the extent to which bloggers follow their own ethical ideals can depend on the context and intended audience. -ScienceDaily
I observed the prevalence of linking/attribution as a critical measure of a blogger when I started down this path a few years ago. It's nice to see it acknowledged by the outside as an aspect of online ethics. There was quite a tempest in a teapot a not so long ago about "standards of blogger ethics" being necessary and enforceable for the dignity of online discourse (as if it has ever had dignity). Research now seems to indicate that ethics have emerged in the blogosphere, without any laws being handed down from on high (as if there were a "high" to be handed down from online).

It's interesting to see how these ethics are ranked depending on how people blog, In the ScienceDaily piece, "personal" means bloggers who do it for family and friends and "non-personal" being blogging for general consumption.
Truth telling involves honesty, fairness and completeness in reporting. Accountability involves being answerable to the public, bearing the consequences of one's actions and revealing conflicts of interest, and minimizing harm underlies issues involving privacy, confidentiality, reputational harm, consideration of others' feelings, and respecting diversity and underprivileged groups. Attribution covers issues such as avoiding plagiarism, honouring intellectual property rights and giving sources proper credit.

The researchers found that personal bloggers valued attribution most, followed by minimizing harm, truth telling and accountability respectively. Non-personal bloggers valued both attribution and truth-telling most, followed by minimizing harm, then accountability. For both groups, attribution was most valued, and accountability least valued. But between these two groups, truth telling was most valued among non-personal bloggers, whereas personal bloggers valued minimizing harm more than non-personal bloggers did. - ScienceDaily
And of course, it all comes down to credibility.
Credibility counts. The authors suggest that non-personal bloggers practise truth telling, attribution and minimizing harm with similar frequency because they want their content taken seriously. As in journalism, offering readers sources and providing links makes for more convincing blogging than just telling the 'truth' alone. - ScienceDaily
And that's why I read blogs. I know where they're coming from, because their biases are right there on the face of things. I know where their sources are, because they link to them. And I have the ability to respond, directly, to the author. It's a conversation. And it's a ton of fun.

An Interlude: Buffy vs. Edward

Simply Awesome.



I admit having a somewhat irrational issue with Twilight. One issue for me is the fact that it's rife with Mormon theology, but that makes it sibling to Dante's Inferno or Milton's Paradise Lost more than something to dislike. I discard that criticism after thinking about it. We write what we know and love. Stephenie Meyers knows and loves her Mormon faith, so she writes it, and from all accounts, writes it well enough to be breathtakingly popular.

The issue I have with Twilight, as opposed to many other works of fantasy or even vampire fiction, is the fact that bad stereotypes and dangerous behaviors are so fundamentally critical to the happiness of the characters. Does Bella really need to be so weak? And seen from outside the "fantasy" Edward is a stalker, stalking a teenage girl justified by a mystical connection. That's a recipe for disaster in reality-land.

Yeah, I'm over reacting to a book. I know that. It's entertained millions, and the women I know aren't more submissive for having read it (indeed, I don't think I know any women who defer to their husbands).

But still, the video above captures the essence of my discomfort, and I'm thrilled with the fact that someone went out and made it.

Most Americans

I was discussing political views and culture with some old friends, online, this week. A very good friend from high school made the comment, "Most people in the USA are moderate to conservative anyway, but think they are 'liberal.'"

Of course, the truth is almost exactly opposite.


So yeah, I take some issue with the assumptions inherent in our political discourse. The fact is that "Most Americans" are liberal, but like to think of themselves as moderate to conservative, not the reverse.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Act Now On The Public Option

If you care about health care reform, the time to act is now. Any real reform must include a public insurance option. The public option establishes the floor of service and coverage which the market must - and will - exceed. We in America should have enough confidence in competition to allow private insurance to compete with a public plan, just like private schools compete with public schools, and just like private cars compete with public transit.

Support for this overwhelmingly popular idea is wavering on Capitol hill, which means there's only one thing that can move Senators back to the right side of this fight: hearing from their constituents.

Today, I left messages for Senators Webb and Warner, and sent the following letter by fax to my Senators, and President Obama.
Dear Senator Webb,

It is with pride that I canvassed my neighborhood and the town of Leesburg for our Democratic candidates in 2006, 2007 and 2008. It is with joy that I felt a part of the election of Senator Webb, and felt admiration for all he has done for Virginia, and America in Congress.

Today, Senator Webb has an opportunity to do what he does best, stand up for what is right and important for all of us. Senator Webb has an opportunity to be a strong advocate for a real, national public health insurance option in the health care reform bills now being considered by Congress.

I personally urge the Senator, as a supporter, voter and American worker, to hold the line against any dilution or repudiation of a strong public option. I am asking for his vote on this issue today, as he asked for mine in 2006. - Paradox13
I implore each of you to do the same. We can make this happen, and we must.

Senator Jim Webb
Phone: 202-224-4024
Fax: 202-228-6363

Senator Mark Warner
Phone: 202-224-2023
Fax: 202-224-6295

President Barack Obama
Comments: 202-456-1111
Fax: 202-456-2461

Please, take thirty seconds, make the phone call. Fight for health care for all.

More To Do

I love the new motto that the Virginia Democrats are putting on a bumper sticker: "A lot done. More to do."

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It is well in line with the fundamental theme, and strategy, of our Democratic Ticket this year - we're just plain gonna outwork the other side. If there's one thing Creigh Deeds knows, it's working hard. He is an unparalleled, energetic advocate for his constituents, and that includes all of us. That enthusiasm, and that hard work, is going to be reflected up and down the ticket this year.

I think it is important that we all acknowledge there is more to do. The call for "a more perfect union" is never fully answered. We can never be satisfied. Here in Virginia, we still have disgraceful problems with equal rights, and education, and transportation, and a myriad of issues that a Democratic administration and a Democratic House of Delegates will address. This is not to minimize the great things that have been done, from continuing to be the best run state in the nation to the fact that children born here have the best chance to succeed. Virginia is an amazing place to live, work and participate in our civil society.

Our Democratic ticket, and our Democratic party, is dedicated to continuing this progress and our joint success in managing through a very difficult economic period. Sen. Deeds, Jody Wagner and Del. Shannon are the right team to continue our legacy of achievement.

A lot has been done, but there's more yet to do.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Health Care Is Already Rationed

The New York Time's economics blog has a really great article about the fact that health care (and everything else) is already rationed in the U.S. and scare tactics coming our way on this issue are just so much bluster and obfuscation.
The rapid rise in medical costs has put many employers in a tough spot. They have had to pay much higher insurance premiums, which have increased their labor costs. To make up for these increases, many have given meager pay raises.

This tradeoff is often explicit during contract negotiations between a company and a labor union. For nonunionized workers, the tradeoff tends to be invisible. It happens behind closed doors in the human resources department. But it still happens.

Research by Katherine Baicker and Amitabh Chandra of Harvard has found that, on average, a 10 percent increase in health premiums leads to a 2.3 percent decline in inflation-adjusted pay. Victor Fuchs, a Stanford economist, and Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist now in the Obama administration, published an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association last year that nicely captured the tradeoff. When health costs have grown fastest over the last two decades, they wrote, wages have grown slowest, and vice versa.

So when middle-class families complain about being stretched thin, they’re really complaining about rationing. Our expensive, inefficient health care system is eating up money that could otherwise pay for a mortgage, a car, a vacation or college tuition. - The New York Times
Fixing our health care crisis, from costs to quality to coverage, is a catalyst for fixing everything else that is broken with our economy and society. Removing that burden from us as individuals and companies will yield many multiples of benefits down the road.

Oh, and a real Public Option is key. Having a public plan available for people to choose will force private plans to really compete on the basis of quality and costs. Don't believe me? Look at the public option in other walks of life (think schools), the reason that private schools are "better" is because everyone has the option of going "public" and will only pay to go private if it offers something better. That is what a public healthcare plan option is about, creating the basline minimum. Right now the baseline minimum is non insurance/emergency room care. A Public Option is about changing that, and saving you and me the costs of subsidized acute ER care for conditions that should be managed preventatively or pro-actively.

At any rate, go read the New York Times article, it's chock full of evidence, links and the case for real reform.

Monday, June 15, 2009

An Interlude: Hello World

Some of you might remember the "Sorry Everybody" meme from 2004. Well, just for fun. I went back to check it out in light of the past November. Funny thing about that.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bratty Grin?

Okay, I know the North Koreans are Our Enemies and all that. And I know that journalism is declining, even at The New York Times.

But I have to stop and stare at this.
"There is only one photograph available outside North Korea of Kim Jong-un; it is of him as an 11-year-old with a bratty grin. - The New York Times"
Bratty grin? Really?

Is it really necessary to caption the only photo millions of us will see of the future leader of North Korea with the word "bratty?" I mean, this is The Times. It will shape our opinions, it will inform our decisions, whether we want it to or not. This is The First Impression. And they go with "bratty."

It's a helluva lot easier to justify bombing the hell out of a brat, I guess. And we wouldn't want to humanize even an 11 year old kid if we might need to bomb him some day.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

An Encounter With The Alternate Reality

My wife was driving to the DC Pride Parade this afternoon. She's performing with a band her Aunt and her partner are members of. Sitting at a light on the Leesburg Bypass, an SUV pulled up next to her, and signaled for her to roll her window down. My wife thought maybe the gentleman needed directions, so she rolled her window down.

The gentleman said, "Do you have children?"

My wife immediately thought 'oh no, there's something wrong with my car!' and replied, "Yes."

The gentleman responded, "You've been deceived."

At which point my wife thought, 'oh no, this guy is some kind of religious nut.' She just looked at the man, who seemed to expect her to say something in response to this complete non-sequiter from the man in the next car at a light.

The gentleman continued, "Do you realize you're saddling your children with debt they'll never be able to pay off."

At this point my wife realized the man in the car next to hers was trying to induce a discussion of the fact that my wife is a supporter of President Obama, evidenced by the Obama '08 sticker still on the back bumper of her car.

Yes, that's right, He pulled up next to my wife at a light, had her roll her window down and in a roundabout fashion, tried to engage her in a debate on the long-term consequences of fiscal policy - starting from the false premise that the national debt and Federal budget deficit was somehow President Obama's fault.

And here's the fun part. After my wife looked blankly at the man, trying to figure out what in the world was going on (I mean, how weird is this?), the gentleman drove off.

How alienated, how frustrated, how completely disconnected must conservatives be feeling right now, for this kind of encounter to take place? There is a developing meme on many blogs about how disconnected from reality the rump Republican party is. How they listen to news that represents an utterly skewed version of reality, how they somehow believe that America is really a center-right nation, and how they're poised to retake Congress. (Just to be clear, these last two things are not true.) And somehow, in some of their minds, the answer is to assert their factually inconsistent beliefs even more frequently, in ever-more odd and inappropriate circumstances.

This can't be healthy.

At this point, I have to let Lowell have the last word, because he's right, and it's important.
I believe our country is best served by the existence of two healthy, sane political parties (right now we have one - the Democratic Party; the other has gone completely off the deep end). - Blue Virginia

Friday, June 12, 2009

Leesburg is Good For Business

Remember all that posturing over Leesburg's ability to attract and retain businesses during the Council elections last year? Remember how shortly thereafter, Fortune magazine rated Leesburg one of the best places in America to start a business?

Well, the proof is in.
Please join the Mayor and Town Council in welcoming these local businesses at the following ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies:
  • Fractured Prune (828 South King Street, South King Street Shopping Center-off of Davis Avenue)
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (11:00 AM) and Grand Opening-
    Saturday, June 13, 2009; 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • The Body Gallery (19 A. Wirt Street)
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening-
    Sunday, June 14, 2009; 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Cajun Experience (14 Loudoun Street)
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening-
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009; 6:00 PM

  • Aviation Adventures (Leesburg Executive Airport-1001 Sycolin Road, SE)
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony-
    Friday, June 19, 2009; 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • NOVA Hypnosis (7 Loudoun Street, SW)
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony-
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009; 5:30 PM

  • N2 Design (18 South King Street)
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony-
    Tuesday, July 7, 2009; 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Loudoun Pediatric Dentistry (540 Fort Evans Road, NE)
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony-
    Saturday, August 29, 2009; 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

  • Homewood Suites (115 Fort Evans Road)
    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening-
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009; 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
- The Town of Leesburg
That is a remarkable diversity of new businesses, opening in the midst of a recession, it must be noted. Congratulations to all the people of Leesburg who made it happen!

Rapping Arlington

This one is for all the Virginia bloggers inside the beltway.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kill Them And Take Their Land

This should not stand.
An anti-abortion leader says his group may try to buy the now-closed Wichita abortion clinic owned by a doctor who was shot and killed last month.

The leader, Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, said on Wednesday that his group, which had long fought to close the clinic, was considering trying to buy the squat, beige building to perhaps turn it into a memorial museum, “a tribute to the babies,” that might be open to visitors. - The New York Times
It is simply appalling to think the fate of the only clinic providing a critical healthcare service to women for miles around could be a future as a museum to the very cause that killed the courageous doctor who ran the clinic. And what does this say for violent intimidation? "Kill someone if you don't like what they do, then take their stuff to prove you were right."

There is a colonialism and exploitation metaphor in here somewhere, but I'm too disgusted to figure it out right now.

[Update]

My First Campaign Contribution

I just made my first campaign contribution of 2009. It may surprise some people that I haven't given yet this year. I have been active, canvassing for Sen. Deeds in the final week, and speaking on behalf of Steve Shannon in two cases. This morning, however, I gave what I could today - $10 - to Steve Shannon's campaign for Attorney General.

Now that we have our ticket, it is likely that the Deeds campaign will be receiving the lion's share of attention and contributions. And we all know that early money is worth a lot more than late money. Given those two factors, I decided to give my early general election money to our candidate for Attorney General.

One of the reasons that Tim Kaine was in such a strong position to win in 2005, was the fact that he was already part of a successful commonwealth administration. In 2009, one of our Party's challenges is the fact that we do not have an incumbent state-wide elected official running for any position. If things had gone a little bit differently (300 votes differently!), we would have had an incumbent running in 2009, with a built-in, state-wide reputation.

This is among the reasons why downticket races matter. They build our bench. They provide cover and support for our leaders at the top. And, most of all, they help our state be governed better.

Steve Shannon is a great candidate for an office that it is critical we win in November. The position of Attorney General in Virginia has been dominated by extremely conservative Republicans who do more harm than good for the Commonwealth since 1993. Remember the last Attorney General who was elevated to the Governor's chair? (Hint, he utterly wrecked the state's finances - among the reasons it is so important for Jody Wagner to win the LG seat.) It is time for that trend to change, and we elect an Attorney General who will work for the people, not the interests who have put us on the wrong path before. Steve is running against a fellow northern Virginian, but one who has his own conservative, obstructionist and regressive record. (Here's a choice quote, "And he has never once compromised his conservative principles to represent his district." Think about that, his supporters are proud of the fact that he does not represent his District's values!)

We need an Attorney General who will defend our interests and our values. We need an Attorney General who will actually investigate and prosecute crimes like voter intimidation and defrauding the public. We need an Attorney General who does not see the law as a stick to prod the people to be more Christian, but as a shield to defend all Virginians from the inequities of our society. Virginia needs Steve Shannon to be our Attorney General, and your $10, along with mine, can help make that happen.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Deeds Blowout

Well, I thought this might be the outcome when I saw the weather this morning, but with nearly 73% of precincts in, Sen. Creigh Deeds is beating his opponents 2:1, with mere hundredths of percentage points separating Sen. Deeds from a full 50% majority of the vote.

As of 8:20pm:
  • Sen. Deeds - 110,133

  • Brian Moran - 52,203

  • Terry McAuliffe - 58,243
On to November, the most right-wing Republican ever to run for Governor of Virginia awaits.

Democratic Primary Day - 2009

I was up this morning preparing 2 precincts for primary day. My precinct (E. Leesburg) and Smarts Mill have their polling places in schools next door to each other, so around 5:30 this morning, I headed over to setup candidate signs (Moran and Deeds, the McAuliffe campaign didn't get signs to us to put up) and the "Vote-o-matic." The Vote-o-matic is a small table that our District Chair has prepared with weights to hold it in place and bungee cords to secure literature on top of. Though we are not staffing every precinct on Primary Day, Leesburg Democrats are making every candidate's literature available on a table at each precinct.

It was interesting to see that Bob McDonnell already had signs up at each polling place in spite of the fact that there is no Republican primary. It's not entirely clear whom these signs were directed at - presumably it is committed Democrats who will be showing up at these polling places today. Perhaps Mr. McDonnell has (RNC and other national Republican) money to waste on signs that don't vote in an election he's not running in.

After finishing, I was the first to go in and vote at my precinct. That's the first time I have had the privilege of being "voter number one" at 6am. And boy were the precinct workers glad to have someone voting.

As I was setting up, lightning and storms were coming through the area. In what is expected to be a low-turnout election in the first place, the weather in Northern Virginia seems to be conspiring against turnout in the area the trailing candidates are counting on - Northern Virginia. If NoVa doesn't turn out, what is predicted to be a Deeds win may wind up a Deeds blowout. After all, Mr. Deeds has the most committed voters in this race, the kind of voters who show up in spite of the rain.

This morning, I cast my vote for Sen. Deeds. I have met him twice, and each time he has impressed me with with his honesty, his genuine concern for Virginians as people, and his expansive generosity of spirit. Even if he disagrees with you, he will listen to you, and understand where you are coming from, and engage you from there. I believe that Virginians respond to this kind of leader, being in the mold of Gov. Warner and Gov. Kaine. Oh, and he's the one polling best against Mr. McDonnell.

While I had decided on Sen. Deeds a few weeks ago, downticket, my vote was far less certain. I had met and talked with Mike Signer at the LCDC meeting last month, and had heard great things from many people whose opinion I trusted. Jody Wagner, on the other hand, had also received rave reviews. In the end, my vote went to Jody Wagner, for two main reasons. First, the people who liked Jody were people who actually had to do the hard business of governing every day. People like Del. David Poisson, who faces a tough challenge in the minority every legislative session, and who had nothing but the highest praise for Jody's ability to get things done. And second, the late-breaking full endorsement of Jody from the LCDC leadership. It is not often that the LCDC leadership votes to endorse a candidate in a primary. And I fully trust this leadership, having watched them and worked with them through three full election cycles. If they felt there was good and sufficient reason to come out for Jody, she would get my vote.

Regardless of your preferences, please go out and vote today. These are our candidates, and this is our primary. Be a part of it.

[update] I think Johnny Camacho's endorsement of Sen. Deeds may be the best I've yet read.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Another Day, Another Call for Reform

I sent this email to colleagues in Oregon this evening.
Okay, so this is kinda random, but I am going for it anyhow.

I’m a big proponent of real healthcare reform.

Right now, that means including a Public Plan Option in whatever legislation Congress passes this year. Current negotiations on this issue in the Senate are orbiting a “trigger” option which implies that a Public Plan would become available if certain market conditions arose. This is not acceptable. It is only the active presence of a public plan (not a possible one) that will force for-profit insurance companies to get the efficiencies of cost and breadth of coverage we need to fix a system we ALL know is seriously broken.

Here’s why I’m emailing you. There are three key senators (see http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/6/3/738526/-Obama-Letter-to-Kennedy,-Baucus-on-Health-Care) currently bandying about the trigger public option idea. One of them is yours: Ron Wyden.

I’ve only been involved in politics for three years, but you would be AMAZED at the difference a letter or phone call from a real live constituent can make. That’s why I’m personally appealing to you both to call and leave a message for Senator Wyden, who is your Senator, not mine. Ask him to support a full public option, without a trigger, in any health care reform legislation. Your call can make a difference. His number is: (202) 224-5244

Yeah, so it’s kinda cheesy to get this kind of political solicitation from a colleague, but damnit, health care reform shouldn’t be an issue of politics, it should be one of common sense, but until it is, I gotta send these kinds of emails.

Thanks for reading.
Paradox13VA
Can you think of people you know in Montana, Oregon or Delaware who need to get the same message?