Will Democrats Help Republicans Gut Obamacare?

Bill Edley, a former Illinois legislator knows the Democratic Party from the inside out. When he rings the alarm bell it’s time to do something.  When he points fingers at Illinois senior Senator, Dick Durban, for talking compromise over the Health Care bill with a Republican congressman start to worry. Particularly worry that since this…

Healthcare in the UK: Great Care Instead of Nightmare

Alex Dunn.  Introduction by William Astore. The New Year promises much misinformation about Obamacare as “socialism.”  Whatever else you can say of Obamacare, it’s not state-owned or state-provided.  Rather, it relies on private, for-profit insurance companies to provide health care coverage.  In short, health care in the USA remains a market-based commodity.  You get what…

In the Nut House with Rick Santorum and Bill O’Reilly

b. traven As a repentant psychologist with some experience in aberrant and self-delusional human behavior, I was recently struck by what passes for meaningful and heartfelt discourse in American conservative circles.  The subject: Nelson Mandela.  The conversants: the smarmy conservative Rick Santorum and the bullying Bill O’Reilly.  Their conversation would be ludicrous if it wasn’t…

The Day the Congress Stood Still

W.J. Astore With the odds increasing that Congress will shut down the government this coming Tuesday, I couldn’t help but think of the classic Sci-Fi film, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (the original version, of course). Remember Klaatu?  He comes to earth in peace, only to be hassled, harassed, and ultimately shot by the…