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Monday, August 27, 2007

Senator Health Care?

Lots on Bernie's plate these days. The freshman from Vermont, the only Independent in the prestigious upper body, has his butt parked on several key committees. One is "Health, Education, Labor & Pensions" chaired by Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. And that's got health-care reform at the top of his agenda when the Senate goes back into action after Labor Day.

82207_bernie America’s healthcare system is "disintegrating," says Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The sad fact is we’re the only country in the industrialized world without a national healthcare program. And he told us the other day that he's got serious plans to end that embarassment.

"What we’re going to do is introduce legislation which will allow 10 separate states to get federal funding and all kinds of federal waivers, so that they can move forward in providing universal healthcare to every man, woman and child in their states."

Ol' Bernardo tells yours truly he's teamed up with Rep. John Tierney [D. Mass], who will introduce similar legislation in the House.

"I hope that Vermont and other states will go forward with a single-payer system, which I believe is the best way. But in any case, we will be able to look at what states are doing, learn from that  and develop a national program which finally will provide healthcare to every man, woman and child as a right of citizenship."

And Bernie did not need any motivation from Michael Moore's flick - Sicko, which presents a scathing fact-based indictment of our shameful for-profit healthcare system. Been running around the state holding town meetings and meeting with constituents, says he. Just hasn't had time for the movie theater.

Certainly has a lively website, though. Doesn't he?

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Comments

Will Hunter

I'm afraid the Upper Body has two independents, one a primary loser from Connecticut.

bigbadbrad

Bunk, Will. Joe libermann is a sore loser, he doesn't count.

Roger

Tide is turning all right. Not fast enough for us to get out of the way. Fully more than 1/3rd of the polar ice cap has melted.

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=764&tstamp=200708&theprefset=BLOGCOMMENTS&theprefvalue=1

Better sell your skis to sceptic near you. The ramifications of this ice loss will likely mean a wierd if not seriously delayed start to our 2007-2008 winter.

Economic and ecological ramifications ahead. And at least of few of our so-called leaders and many in the so called "press" have failed to report it and care none about it.

You sow what you reap and mother nature doesn't care about your ideologies. You deserve it.

vermonter

And that has to do with the topic of this blog entry how?

Roger

Well anyone can connect the dots that a helathy earth = a healthy body, this little cell division thing called cancer for starters. Yet there are too many who just din't get it and have this derranged view whether scientifically challenged or their dogmatic rejection of reality through theology and ideology that some how "it wont affect me"

So is it really off topic - hardly.

vermonter

Oh, okay.

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