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“Washington, DC – [AHIP] today proposed guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions in conjunction with an enforceable individual coverage mandate. Under the new proposal, health plans participating in the individual health insurance market would be required to offer coverage to all applicants as part of a universal participation plan in which all individuals were required to maintain health insurance.” AHIP Press Release, November 19, 2008

“Maintaining…market reforms…is essential to avoiding significant cost increases and loss of choice for consumers and employers.” AHIP Victory Statement, June 28, 2012

“President Obama must be defeated in the coming election. He has spent trillions of dollars to rescue the moneyed interests and left workers and homeowners to their own devices. Unless he is defeated, there cannot be a contest for the re-orientation of the Democratic Party as the vehicle of a progressive alternative in the country.” Roberto Mangabeira Unger

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Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

I am furious. While the SDOTUS (supreme douchebags of the US) decision can be passed as marginal victory for progressive politics, which should make me happy, it doesn’t because ultimately we are still stuck with irrational and inefficient model for providing health insurance reliant on “market mechanisms”. The current law is such a stinking mess because it probably does does the most it can, it does not amount to much without attacking the problem at the core – the insistence on having a “market” for health insurance – something which is basically impossible as proven by both economic theory and… Read more »

Rollie
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Rollie

Love the cartoon… only thing missing, presumably because it was made for “family” newspapers, would be to sexualize it so the taxpayer is getting… *ahem*… screwed, from both sides.

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Yeah, you are right… There is no reason whatsoever to gloat. The republican / democratic distinction in politics is meaningful only as a way to tell apart the two broad factions of the same elite (e.g. northern industrial, high tech, media) vs. southern (extractive, agriculture, military), who merely try to sway the peons one way or another. In terms of political action, the only viable option i see is constitutional amendment to ban private funding of elections. If that doesn’t happen – serfdom. I don’t believe that a broad movement can emerge at this point. People are too brainwashed: 80%… Read more »

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nercules

When an ‘issue’ becomes entirely politicized, it’s amazing to see how the vast majority of people are unable to even understand the issue in question. Hence, liberals and progressives tend to equate the passage of ObamaRomneyCare with ‘progressive healthcare reform’ (which it certainly is not), while conservatives and others on the right of the political spectrum equate the passage of ObamaRomneyCare with creeping socialism (which it certainly is not).

It’s all so deeply depressing.

Marla Singe
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Marla Singe

Michael, what do you think about Slavoi Zizek?

His general diagnosis of the current problems is straightforward enough, but he kind of loses me once he starts rambling about the revolutionary moment and invoking Lenin, and even “redemptive violence”. I can’t say if i agree or disagree, simply because i can’t tell if he’s talking about some actual political program or muddles reality with some sort of symbolic/cultural/structuralist gibberish and intellectual handwaving?

Michael Dawson
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Marla, I think you have Zizek pegged. Personally, I’ve never been able to finish one of his books — not even close. I think he’s prolific and comes up with some very clever witticisms, but is generally an unserious thinker, despite his pretentions and his sympathies with the left. Movies and science fiction seem to be 8/10s of his raw material. Some people I like find him absorbing. I have never really gotten it. There is no such thing as redemptive violence, of course. By the way, I saw him talk live once, and he sweated the whole time like… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Zizek really represents the kind of sociology education I myself received back in the day: very philosophized, very influenced by both by post-modernism and by the hodge-podge of modernization theories (essentially a bunch of folks trying to prove Marx wrong). I think European intellectuals overall really dropped the ball on being a responsible, progressive, force in society. The Western Europeans I think were just far too comfortable and their “welfare states” which were groomed well enough under the wing of the dragon, so it was easy for them to ignore the implications of roaring capitalism and focus on innocuous ruminations… Read more »

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

I mean, anybody who instigates an honest discussion of marx is doing civil society a favor, but if Zizek keeps going like that, he’ll just do more harm than good – the posterboy for the unwashed hippie marxist spouting crazy stuff…

Michael Dawson
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Zizek has close to zero to say about the ruling institutions and the overclass. Yet he tosses “Marx” around. I vastly prefer Chomsky, who does what Marx did, but never mentions Marx. Zizek is a bauble.

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Yeah, “Failed States” reads like the “18 Brummaire of Napoleon Bonaparte”!