The World’s Simplest Health Care Plan

From Paul at Open Left:

(1) Have everyone opposed to socialized medicine sign a waiver, relinquishing their Medicare coverage.

(2) Extend Medicare coverage to everyone currently without health insurance.

(3) Sit back & have a beer.



The Pro Life Republican Senator Responsible For Those So-Called “Death Panels”

So you know those advanced care planning consultationsdeath panels” in the health care bill Republicans are raising hell over? Well aside from being complete and utter bullshit there’s an even better twist in this story. The person who came up with the idea for these so called “death panels”  is none other than Republican PRO LIFE Senator Johnny Isakson from Georgia. And get this, not only does Isakson stand by this provision in the health care bill, but he calls bullshit on republicans promoting this blatantly false lie in his recent interview with Ezra Klein:

Is this bill going to euthanize my grandmother? What are we talking about here?

In the health-care debate mark-up, one of the things I talked about was that the most money spent on anyone is spent usually in the last 60 days of life and that’s because an individual is not in a capacity to make decisions for themselves. So rather than getting into a situation where the government makes those decisions, if everyone had an end-of-life directive or what we call in Georgia “durable power of attorney,” you could instruct at a time of sound mind and body what you want to happen in an event where you were in difficult circumstances where you’re unable to make those decisions.

This has been an issue for 35 years. All 50 states now have either durable powers of attorney or end-of-life directives and it’s to protect children or a spouse from being put into a situation where they have to make a terrible decision as well as physicians from being put into a position where they have to practice defensive medicine because of the trial lawyers. It’s just better for an individual to be able to clearly delineate what they want done in various sets of circumstances at the end of their life.

How did this become a question of euthanasia?

I have no idea. I understand — and you have to check this out — I just had a phone call where someone said Sarah Palin’s web site had talked about the House bill having death panels on it where people would be euthanized. How someone could take an end of life directive or a living will as that is nuts. You’re putting the authority in the individual rather than the government. I don’t know how that got so mixed up.

Investor’s Business Daily and Health Care: The Definition of EPIC FAIL

This is going around the internet but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t point out the blatant stupidty and  misfortunes of people I don’t like. Take it away Paul Krugman:

“And just as an illustration: a number of people have pointed this out, but here’s the latest in the “Obama’s health reform will kill people” news: Investor’s Business Daily — which poses as a reputable source of financial information — opines that:

People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.

That would be Stephen Hawking, British professor, who was born in the UK and has lived there for his whole life.”

I think this would be an appropriate time to use the term EPIC FAIL

Russ Feingold For The Supreme Court??

With another one, possibly two, Supreme Court Justices within an arms reach of retirement, it’s never too early to start thinking of potential Supreme Court nominees. But here’s one out of left, no pun intended, field. Senator Russ Feingold. Matt Rothschild makes an excellent argument in favor of a Feingold nomination:

Feingold has the intellectual heft for the job, as he was a Rhodes Scholar and then graduated from Harvard Law School.

He is one of the staunchest defenders of civil liberties in the country, and he chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. Not afraid to stand alone, he was the sole Senator to vote against the USA Patriot Act. He also has led the fight against illegal domestic spying, and he has spoken out strongly against the shredding of due process in the Military Commissions Act.

And perhaps Feingold’s best qualification for a seat on the Supreme Court; the dude has balls. If you ever need a member of  Congress to give you a straight answer or tell it like it is, Feingold’s your man. For all of his hemming and hawing, I think Obama owes progressives a Feingold nomination to ensure a firebrand progressive has a seat on the court for many years to come.

It’s also worth noting that the Governor of Wisconsin, the state Feingold represents in the Senate, is held by democrat Jim Doyle. This is important because the major drawback with elevating any democratic politician to a higher office is the potential that he or she would be replaced by a republican. (Ask voters in Arizona how that one turned out). Thus, if Feingold were nominated he would theoretically be replaced by another democrat.

I’m particularly interested in Feingold, because his selection would represent a return to selecting non judicary figures for Supreme Court vacanicies. A little known fact, it was once very common to select non judges to the Supreme Court as a means to balance the types of opinions on the court. Some of our most famous Justices were not judges at the time of their nomination. Think Justice Hugo Black.

Is Jeremy Piven’s New Movie “The Goods” umm..Any Good? (Video Clip)

Okay, I’ll admit it. When I first saw the Tv Trailer for “The Goods” I was extremely skeptical. A poorly marketed mid August comedy with no major comedic talent. Umm I think I’ll pass. I mean I love Jermey Piven but this had “paycheck movie” written all over it. Don’t get me wrong, Piven is gold (ha! get it?) but he’s no Will Ferrell. Luckily “The Goods” has Will Ferrell in it, albeit in a minor cameo role. But more importantly, seeing clips like this make me a lot more optimistic:

(Warning, this clip is only suitable for viewers 18 and older, or kids 17 years and younger smarter enough to lie)

What Happened In Albuquerque from The Goods

Best Quote Ever?

Gotta hand it to the Chinese. They were definitely on the “Awesome train” before any of us.

“Do not allow other men to snatch away your awesomeness.”

–T’ai Kung’s Six Secret Teachings

Luckily for me, my awesomeness can’t be stolen. Though I can understand why you might want to try. Consider this an open thread for any of you who have a favorite quote you’d like to share, humorous or not.

God Bless The Internet And All The People Willing To Suffer For My Enjoyment

Okay, this is awesome. But I can honestly say it would have been significantly more awesome had he missed…but I’m just a jackass like that.

On the other hand, this is very awesome and I’m glad he didn’t miss.

He probably wishes he would have missed.

Do you have a laser, a dog, and an unsuspecting friend?