As Holbrooke was sedated for surgery, his final words were to his Pakistani surgeon, family members said: “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.”
As David Sirota points out, if the courts knock out the insurance mandate, it makes the bill more progressive. But everyone’s writing as if it can be separated from the rest of the bill, and from what I’ve read, that’s not a given.
On the upside, the insurance companies are freaking out at the thought of losing the mandate, so there’s that!
If you’ve never seen this wonderful little Christmas story, here’s your chance (it’s in six parts, scroll down):
Lance Mannion, who is one of the best writers and thinkers on the web, has a car that won’t start. I feel his pain — if you can help, go make a donation, okay? (Psst, Lance? Mercury fucking retro strikes again!)
A strong suspect in the deaths of bees was approved by our corporate-friendly EPA.
I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas. It seems like last week that I was at the beach.
The health care bill was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge. Which is what my second-year law student friend MB insisted all along! She said the mandate was unconstitutional because it didn’t include — the public option! She said a government-provided service was necessary to meet that test.
By the way, because of the way the legislation was written, if one part is ruled unconstitutional, the entire bill will go down if judges decide to do so. Competence!
My buddy Dave Johnson is not only really smart and funny (and girls, he’s dreamy!), he shares with me a similar vision of the class problems afflicting this country. Take a listen!
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