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Username: martinlomasney
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Barry agrees to appoint commission to complete repeal of New Deal

by: martinlomasney

Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 02:07:05 AM EST

The wingnuts have for decades tried to disable Soc Sec and Medicare.  Shrub tried right after his '04 election but the backlash was so intense, the effort failed.

So today, now that he, Timmy McKaine, Rahm and Menendez lost the filibuster breaker vote in Ma., he's agreed to appoint a commission who recommendations will be kept secret until after the November elections and then acted on by Congress before the new Congress is seated.

Wow, so a bunch of lame ducks, like Kent Conrad, are going to give Repugs something Shrub couldn't get done.

I don't remember destroying Soc Sec and Medicare being part of the "change we can believe in"

Some one remind, me why did we work to elect this guy again?

 

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Boucher 4th most valuable Democrat in Congress!

by: martinlomasney

Wed Dec 23, 2009 at 08:03:55 AM EST

According to Nate Silver www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/12/2009s-most-valuable-democrat-is.html
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Connolly votes against jobs bill!! As did 13 other freshmen Ds!

by: martinlomasney

Fri Dec 18, 2009 at 00:21:53 AM EST

Connolly is president of the freshman class of D reps.  Anyone know how Nye and Perriello voted?

The jobs bill barely passed.  Connolly and the other 13 freshman Ds almost killed it.  

Krugman and Stiglitz both have written that there needs to be a lot more federal jobs spending if a double dip recession, or depression, is to be avoided in 2010.

And Connolly is obsessing about deficits!! I guess they didn't teach any economics in the seminary he attended.

The millions of unemployed and underemployed mean nothing to this fool. I thought Catholics are suppose to care about the unemployed.

I wonder what FCDC will have to say about this?

I've raised a lot of money for Connolly over the years and had planned to do so this year.

Bad news, Gerry.  Don't call, don't write.

If we wanted Congressman who put abstractions ahead of the immediate suffering of real people, we'd elect Republicans.

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Virginia would rather put your kid in jail than help them get a college diploma

by: martinlomasney

Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 09:34:27 AM EST


As this article (http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/state_regional/state_regional_govtpolitics/article/BUDG19_20091118-223004/306678/)
describes, Virginia has massively overbuilt its jail and prison system. Today we have 800 empty cells at one prison while another 1800 cells are coming on line.

Meanwhile, CNU graduates just 12% of its freshman, Norfolk State 10%; VCU and Virginia State 17%; ODU 19%; Mason 26%; VTEch 43% - all below the national average.

If the money spent on building empty jail & prison cells had been used instead for classrooms and dormitories at our failing state university system, those graduation rates would be higher.

But true to Virginia's authoritarian traditions, we'd rather make sure we have the cell ready for your kid than give them the education to make them productive members of society.

Other than empty promises about increasing numbers of diploma without any discussion of the revenue sources to pay for the classrooms, dormitories and instructors to create those extra degrees, nothing was said during the recent campaign about this massive misappropriation of resources.

Disgusting. Predictable, but disgusting.

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Looks like Tom's vote on the Stupak amendment really fried one groups onions

by: martinlomasney

Mon Nov 16, 2009 at 00:56:36 AM EST

http://downwithtyranny.blogspo...

That's a real ripping!

He should have gone for a smoke when Stupak was up for a vote.  Where was his chief of staff to save him from this unnecessary heartburn.

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TPM interviews OFA leadership - Apparently OFA is the '09 version of CREEP

by: martinlomasney

Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 18:23:45 PM EST

Didn't understand that OFA is a "project" of DNC until I read this interview.

Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird of OFA disingenuous distancing themselves from the losses in Va and NJ are really annoying. Then they take credit for the HCR vote in the House.  

OFA refused to provided any assistance in identifying/recruiting volunteers for either the state wide or delegate races in Va.  Apparently that's not Mitch's and Jeremy's problem.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo...

OFA had 900 attys in VA helping with protect the vote and that list was not made available to DPV for a similar effort this year.

More stovepiping in the Democratic Party.

One day Will Rogers will be wrong and our party will be something to behold.

I guess Connolly and Periello are on their own next year as far as OFA and the White House are concerned.

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Perriello signed his own political termination papers tonight

by: martinlomasney

Sun Nov 08, 2009 at 00:09:31 AM EST

Voting for the Stupak amendment means no money, volunteers or votes from any women or other progressives next year.  How did you think you can get re-elected without those resources, Tom.

Enjoy the next few months for you are headed back to the obscurity from whence you came.

You voted against the stimulus and a women's right to choose.

Thanks for playing.  Vanna has some lovely parting gifts for you.  

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If you had Mark Warner's undivided attention for an hour on health care, what would you say?

by: martinlomasney

Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 19:25:54 PM EDT

If Mark publicly supported the Schumer option, would you be satisfied?

Does he have to support the Rockefeller option?

How important are reimbursement rates under a public option?

Some Congressman are insisting that the reimbursement rate of the public option be equal to the Medicaid rates +5%.

Others say that the public plan should negotiate the rates.

Warner's taken two public positions:

At the Bell fundraiser, he said he wouldn't oppose the public option.

At the Fredericksburg town meeting, he said he opposed the public option.

So what does Warner need to hear?

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Pelosi backs off support for public option on same day as United Health Care's lobbyist

by: martinlomasney

Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 18:40:03 PM EDT

announces fundraiser for her on 9/24, reports David Sirota at Open Left.

Coincidence?

Dumb?

Is any D leader not shaking down insurance companies in exchange for votes against the public option?

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Anybody know why Sen. Webb voted to sustain the filabuster against Pres. Obama's nominee,

by: martinlomasney

Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 23:24:09 PM EDT

Cass Sunstein, to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Webb was one of only 3 Ds to voted to continue the filabuster.

What gives?

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Mark Warner was summoned to the White House this afternoon along with 16 other Democrats who

by: martinlomasney

Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 19:48:31 PM EDT

are opposed to the public option.

Was Rahm taking him to the woodshed or throwing in the towel?

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FCDC Resolution on Public Option

by: martinlomasney

Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 00:47:19 AM EDT

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee Unanimously Endorses
Health Care Reform that Includes a Comprehensive Public Option Similar to Medicare  

Whereas, health care is a moral issue; President Obama said," I think it should be a right for every American," and  Senator Ted Kennedy said, "We will...guarantee that every American...will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not just a privilege"; and  

Whereas, the 2008 Democratic Party platform called for guaranteed healthcare for all; the nation overwhelmingly elected President Obama and Democratic majorities to Congress with a mandate to deliver healthcare for all; FCDC members, other Virginia Democrats, and thousands of new volunteers gave their time, resources and trust to mandate Democratic candidates to fulfill this promise; and

Whereas, 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day; approximately one million Virginians lacked health insurance in 2007, and the economic downturn has driven those numbers far higher today; over the last nine years premiums have gone up four times faster than family incomes; health care costs cause a bankruptcy in America every 30 seconds; 62.1% of all bankruptcies in 2007 were medical; most medical debtors were well educated, owned homes, and had middle-class occupations; three-quarters of the medically bankrupt were insured, but their coverage was insufficient to protect them from financial collapse; half of American families are rationing medical care because they can't afford it, and within a decade, one out of every four dollars we earn will be spent on health care; and

Whereas, rationing health care according to ability to pay has diminished the overall health of our citizens to the point that, in comparison to other nations, the United States has been ranked thirty-six in quality by the World Health Organization; and

Whereas, skyrocketing health care costs are contributing to the current economic crisis, weighing heavily on American family, business, and government budgets;  health care reform is economic reform because the economy is an integrated system that includes health care, and to help restore our economy and secure our nation's fiscal future real health care reform is essential; and

Whereas, President Obama has repeatedly stated ..."that one of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices and ensure quality is a Public Option that will force the insurance companies to compete and keep them honest."; and

Whereas, former Governor Howard Dean said," Medicare is cheaper, it is more efficient and a far smaller percentage of dollars that goes into it is spent on non-health-care items. It's about five times as expensive to insure yourself with a private health insurance than it is with Medicare. So that's what the Public Option looks like..."; and

Whereas, administrative costs for Medicare total around 3%; private health insurers spend 15%-20% on the administration of their plans (campaign contributions, underwriting, billing, sales, marketing, advertising, lobbyist and executive salaries, corporate profits), evincing the inefficiency of such systems in contrast to a comprehensive Public Option similar to Medicare; and

Whereas, if US private insurer costs aren't constrained, private insurance premiums for employer-sponsored coverage are projected to rise 94% by 2020; these swelling private insurance premiums for employer-sponsored coverage reduce American business's competitiveness in the international marketplace, particularly among other industrialized nations whose citizens enjoy universal health care and whose employers don't have to subtract ever-increasing employee premium contributions from their bottom line; and

Whereas, lack of competition is a major source of the United States' uniquely high and rising health costs; a comprehensive Public Option will persuade private insurers to compete more on efficiency and quality, compelling reductions in their administrative costs, and reining in the ballooning growth in overall health care costs; and

Whereas, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analyses show that offering a strong, comprehensive Public Option as well as private plans through a health coverage exchange will help all Americans, not just the uninsured, by slowing the growth in premiums; and a recent Commonwealth Fund analysis found that offering a comprehensive Public Option alongside private plans to all individuals and employers is our most effective weapon in combating health costs, resulting in a savings as high as $3 Trillion between 2010-2020; and a comprehensive Public Option is the fiscally responsible option; and

Whereas, a comprehensive Public Option would also ensure health care coverage that is portable and available nationwide, regardless of employment status or preexisting medical conditions, while preserving choice of doctors and plans; and

Whereas, in the August, 2009 edition of the Kaiser Health Care Tracking poll, 59 percent of Americans favor "creating a government-administered public health insurance option similar to Medicare to compete with private health insurance plans"; and the American people should be allowed the freedom to choose between a comprehensive Public Option like Medicare or private insurance; and

Whereas, courageous Democratic Senators and Representatives have proposed legislation, including a comprehensive Public Option similar to Medicare, that would provide universal health care coverage and control costs; and

Whereas, there must be a comprehensive Public Option like Medicare in any health reform bill passed this year because providing subsidies for private insurance alone is not true health reform, as that would perpetuate unaffordable monthly premiums, unacceptably high deductibles, crushing co-pays, medical debt, bankruptcy, and denials of care.

Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) unanimously endorses Health Care Reform that includes a comprehensive Public Option similar to Medicare; and

Therefore, Be it Further Resolved that FCDC expects every Democratic member of the Virginia delegation to Congress to actively support health care reform legislation that includes a comprehensive Public Option similar to Medicare.

How can Moran, Connolly and Warner ignore the unaniimous will of the largest Democratic Committee in the state and not commit to voting against any bill that does not have a robust public option?  

Are they that much in the tank for UnitedHealth Care and the other health insurers?

Are Moran and Connolly prepared to face to the voters next year without the support of FCDC?

Are they prepared to be primaried if they vote for a bill without a public option?

"An anxous world wonders"

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Either Cheylin Davis is a lousy reporter or Mark Warner is a liar

by: martinlomasney

Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 10:16:39 AM EDT

In the Fredericksburg paper, Ms Davis reports:  "A few asked why Warner doesn't support a public option; he said he doesn't believe government-run health care is the right solution."

"Government-run healthcare" really, Mark?  You don't know the difference between the British system and Medicare.  Or are you happy to have the opportunity to conflate the two, Mark, and help get that windfall for your friends at UnitedHealth Care?

Didn't Lowell quote Warner this week as not opposing a public option?

I've had enough of Warner's perfidity.

Who can we get to primary this snake oil salesman?

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Warner punks Lowell

by: martinlomasney

Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 02:01:32 AM EDT

So with great fanfare Lowell reports that Warner will not vote against a public (Kennedy) option if its in the bill.

Someone might think this is movement on Warner's part.

But only if one believes that Baucus will include a Kennedy option in his Finance Committee's draft of the bill.

It won't.

We need Warner to commit to voting against any bill that doesn't include a Kennedy option otherwise there will be a $60 billion windfall in favor of health insurers funded by taxpayers, small business owners and individual policy buyers.

Anything less and we can expect Warner to vote for a bill that includes mandates/free rider provisions and without a Kennedy option resulting in the rest of us paying United Health Care billions more every year.

Sorry, Mark (and Lowell) not good enough to change your title from "Senator from United health Care."

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Sen Warner supports a $60 billion windfall for UnitedHealthcare

by: martinlomasney

Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 23:17:00 PM EDT

and the other insurance companies.  That's right.

Here's how: by opposing a public option but supporting individual and employer mandates, Warner will vote to force 50 million Americans to buy health insurance from UnitedHealth, Aetna and Wellpoint, etc.

Cost to those individuals, employers and the taxpayers (to the extent any policies are subsidized):  $60 BILLION.

What have the health insurers done for Mark Warner that he is intent on giving them a $60 BILLION windfall.

Wasn't a 500% increase in their profits over the last 7 years enough, Senator Warner?

Who do you represent Sen Warner, Virginians or UnitedHealth Care?

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Warner's claim of health insurance experience based on employing people in the private sector

by: martinlomasney

Sun Aug 09, 2009 at 02:32:39 AM EDT

In Warner's statement attempting to rebut the Business Week article describing Warner as being the spear carrier of United Health Care and its greedy CEO, his flack claims Warner's position is informed, inter alia, by his experience as an private employer from which we're supposed to infer that he provided health insurance to his employees.  

Do we know how many employees his private business had?  Did he provide health insurance to them?  When was this? What part of the premia did the employee pay? Was it an indemnity plan, an HMO, a PPO? What were the deductibles and copays that the employees paid? Was it before or after Kennedy Kassabaum which outlawed pre-existing condition exclusions for large employers?

I ask because I very much doubt that he has any experience as an employer/provider of health insurance that has any relevance to the current marketplace for small business or individuals attempting to provide/obtain health insurance.

But I'm just a cynical toward anyone who claims that Sen. Mike Enzy, Republican from Utah, is a centerist as Warner's statement claims.

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More B.S. from Prince Warner who thinks a public options and a co-op is equivalnet

by: martinlomasney

Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 19:01:11 PM EDT

His latest letter to constituents [my observations in brackets]:

Thank you for your recent letter regarding reforming our nation's health care system.  I share your concerns about the need for comprehensive health care reform, especially during this challenging economic time.

Although I do not support a government-run single-payer health care system, [why not?] I believe we need comprehensive reform to achieve a competitive, cost-effective, and efficient system.  This effort should be primarily focused on ensuring that all Americans can get adequate [what the hell does "adequate" mean, adequate?] health coverage, and the coverage must be cost-effective and based upon data-driven medical standards.  We must ensure that competition remains among health care providers because it is precisely that competition that drives innovation and cost reduction in the industry.  Any final reform should also include measures to promote prevention and wellness, senior navigation through the health system, health information technology ("health IT") and telemedicine.

The health care reform debate in the Senate will intensify over the coming weeks, with the Finance Committee and Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions reviewing and amending legislation before the bill is debated by the full Senate.  Although I do not sit on those Committees, I am actively engaged in drafting legislation to be included in the final package and in discussions with my fellow Senators on improvements we can make to the current bill.  Much of the current controversy surrounding reform efforts has been focused on whether the bill should include a public health insurance option.  As evidence that there is room to compromise, several alternatives are being discussed ranging from non-profit regional co-operatives to a delayed public option. [Any excuse to oppose a public option] I will keep your views in mind as we consider these and other proposals. [Yeah, right]

Thanks again for contacting me.  As health care reform in the Senate takes shape, I value your opinions.  I recently convened a task force on health IT, the product of a widely-attended conference at VCU, for the purpose of putting Virginia on the cutting edge of health IT.  If you would like information about this initiative or my recently-introduced Senior Navigation and Planning Act, please visit my website at: www.warner.senate.gov.  As we move forward, I will continue to seek out the advice and opinions of all Virginians in order to help shape an improved health care system that will be in all of our best interests.

Sincerely,
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator

Translation:  I don't care that FCDC unanimously supports the pubic option.  I don't need FCDC  for another 5 years.  I support whatever makes the health insurance companies happy and their contributions rolling in. Get out the vaseline and stop bothering Mark while he takes care of his friends in the health insurance business.

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Warner OPPOSES public option!!!!!!

by: martinlomasney

Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 23:40:54 PM EDT

At tonight's meeting of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, it was reported that Senator Mark Warner OPPOSES the public option in the health care reform bill.

No one from Senator Warner's office bothered to show to this meeting of the largest Democratic Committee in the Commonwealth to explain his position.

Nevertheless, FCDC unanimously adopted a resolution insisting that any health care reform bill include a public option.

It seems Senator Warner needs to listen more to his fellow Virginia Democrats who elected him and less to the health insurance companies from whom he appears to be taking instructions.

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Bob Hull endorsed by Wash. Post, Dick Saslaw, Ken Plum & Tina Hone

by: martinlomasney

Sat May 30, 2009 at 20:28:20 PM EDT

And most interestingly, contrary to the multiple rumors floating around since January, Gerry Connelly is not endorsing either candidate in this race.

Hull is one of the most effective House members according to Saslaw.  His opponent is one of the most ineffective school board members.

Hull is the clear choice.

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Nye and Perriello vote against Obama's budget!? What's up with this?

by: martinlomasney

Fri Apr 03, 2009 at 23:25:00 PM EDT

After reading non-stop about what great Democrats these guys were all during '08, what in the world possessed these two to vote against health care, education and environmental reform.
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