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Due Process

Posted by MEC on June 3, 2009

President Obama has reversed another Bushevik decree that undermined the Constitution.

Attorney General Eric Holder said he is vacating an order, issued by predecessor Michael Mukasey, which said that immigrants facing deportation do not have an automatic right to an effective lawyer.

Holder said he is also instructing the Justice Department to begin working on a new rule.

It’s so refreshing to have an Administration that recognizes the U.S. Constitution applies to everyone in the U.S., not just the people they approve of.

Posted in Constitution, Eric Holder, immigration | 1 Comment »

‘Single Payer’ and the Economy

Posted by MEC on June 3, 2009

The California Nurses Association commissioned a study by the Institute for Health & Socioeconomic Policy, a nonpartisan nonprofit policy and research group, on the economic impact of instituting a “Single Payer” healthcare system in the United States. (A PDF file of the report is here.)

The conclusion:

Expanding Medicare to include the uninsured, and these on Medicaid or employer-sponsored health plans, and expanding coverage for those with limited Medicare, would have the following immediate impacts:

  • Create 2,613,495 million new permanent good-paying jobs (slightly exceeding the number of jobs lost in 2008)
  • Boost the economy with $317 billion in increased business and public revenues
  • Add $100 billion in employee compensation
  • Infuse public budgets with $44 billion in new tax revenues


Adding all Americans to an expanded Medicare could be achieved for $63 billion beyond the current $2.1 trillion in direct healthcare spending. The $63 billion is six times less than the federal bailout for CitiGroup, and less than half the federal bailout for AIG. Solely expanding Medicare to cover the 47 million uninsured Americans (as of 2006 data on which the study is based) could be accomplished for $44 billion.

Anyone who is concerned about our future economic health, not just the profits of the insurance industry, should be promoting Single Payer.

Posted in economy, health care | 10 Comments »

Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 3, 2009


— Wonder if any of the media outlets so quick to echo Republican National Committee talking points condemning President Obama’s trip with his wife on a quick “date night” to New York City the other day (his first vacation since taking office in January) will notice that his predecessor George W. Bush made seventy-seven trips to Crawford, Texas, spending all or part of 490 days there, and 149 trips to Camp David, where he spent all or part of 487 days. No whining about vacationing on the taxpayers’ dime then from Republicans. Gee, I wonder why?

The Newspaper Salvation Act of 2009: Forcing Craigslist to charge for adult ads = Doubled ad purchases at alt-weekly papers. Now if only the daily papers started taking naughty ads, they’d be set too.

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