Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there – would President Obama sign such a repeal?
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Finally. Health care. It’s all over but the shouting.
I would be lying if I claimed my elation over HRC’s passage is entirely altruistic. But, in fact, my happiness and relief is three-fold.
First, it’s political. Obama and the Dems needed this victory badly. It’s hard to describe how much the political situation and outlook affect my everyday demeanor and mental well-being. I take it very, very seriously and feel it very deeply. Maybe it’s from having lived it and personally witnessing it and being directly impacted by the very best and the very worst that this beautiful but sometimes fucked up system has to offer.
Second, it’s personal. I stand to directly benefit from reform. Right now I am lucky to have, for at least one year, a sweet Cadillac plan from SAG. But the chances of my maintaining my eligibility into next year are slim-to-fair. So if I should find myself back in the market for individual coverage, it SHOULD be harder for providers to deny me based on pre-existing conditions. Of course, I’m no dummy, so I don’t doubt the insurance companies will work hard to find loopholes and worm their way out of these new obligations. But that’s a fight that I think will be much easier to win, if it comes to that.
Third, if this legislation helps me, it will undoubtedly help millions of others in a similar situation, to say nothing of countless millions of others who are far worse off.
No, this is far from a perfect solution. But it’s a beginning. And it’s about as much, if not more, than could ever be expected in the current environment. Give it to Obama for his tenacity. And Pelosi. In the face of hundreds of setbacks, they just kept on plowing forward.
And now perhaps the media will find a new group-think narrative to tell. Instead of “Obama on the Ropes” it’ll be the “Comeback Kid.” (And as I predicted a while back, I’m betting they’ll call Obama’s first Q&A with the Republican caucus the turning point.)
I also have to say, as distressing as the distortions and misinformation have been over the past year, it’s sweet to see the tables turned with the emphasis over the past 24 hours on a few teabaggers’ racial and homophobic slurs. I don’t doubt that those people represent a small percentage of the actual movement (though I also don’t doubt that their views are shared, if not publicly expressed, by a much larger number of them), but it’s absolutely wonderful to watch them all get smeared for the behavior of a few.
Because that’s me – I am a knee-jerk, partisan, yellow-dog Democratic hack. And proud of it. And proud of my party. If this turns out as hoped, we may have witnessed a pivotal moment in our country’s history, and people 30 or 40 years from now will be incredulous that there was even a moment’s debate over the notion that healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
After a brief hiatus, the book project is back on. It's hard to believe we've been working on this for almost a year.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
Bringing together my two worlds, if I was to conduct a seminar on effective corporate communications, I'd point to the Oscars broadcast to illustrate some of the worst practices and habits -- the things that undermine good communications.