I have to tell you that I’m constantly amazed that Right Wing Christians have no problem enforcing their religious beliefs on others, but when a non-Christian government wants to enforce their beliefs on everyone, that is somehow wrong.
“You’ve confused a war on your religion with not getting everything you want.” Jon Stewart “…Not everything goes your way”
I want someone to ask the Rick Santorum’s of the GOP would Jewish politicians be allowed to enact laws that force everyone to eat Kosher, circumcise their male children, and not work on Shabbat? Could a Mormon politician decide to go back to multiple wives and force everyone to do so as well? Could Islamic politicians force everyone to pray five times a day facing Mecca? Could an Atheistic leader ban all forms of
Yeah, we love Jon Stewart, and the fact that his liberal bias skewers the self-righteous, pompous, moral outrage and superiority of Faux news, but you really have to hand it to Jon when he gets it right.
As the year comes to a close and everyone (including the ass-hats we’ve elected to government) are spouting “Peace on Earth and goodwill towards men” the Republican Party (which has turned all things 9/11 into a rallying cry for force-feeding us their private agenda) has chosen as their legacy to stop all legislation until tax cuts for the WEALTHIEST 2% Americans are repealed (from 36% to 39%) while they allow 9/11 responders (the guys who actually spent a year or more actually digging in the rubble that used to be the Twin Towers) to (quite literally) die because the Republican party refuses to pass the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act that would give them financial relief.
Last night, Stewart’s final show of 2010 was entirely dedicated to uncovering this travesty.
So, here is something fun in today’s news. Apparently several members of Congress just learned that, in the health care bill that they signed into legislation, they may be required to give up their own Government-sponsored health care package (which is way better than ours, the folks who voted them into office), and be “forced” to use the health care plan that we use.
In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.
For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.
The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?
If you were to (only) listen to Fox News (or the propaganda that spews forth from the Republican party) you would believe that…
â€œThe reason that the public option is so controversial is, it’s a government-run health option. So if you can’t get health care anywhere else, this is the idea, that you could get it from this government-offered plan, which of course would be paid for by the taxpayers.â€
However, that may not quite be the entire truth (if it is even remotely true at all). Apparently the reality of it all is that the public option would be available, as just one option among several other private options, to people who are shopping for health insurance coverage, and apparently any of those 30-or-so million consumers could buy into it. exception of the fact that it will be:
a). not for profit, and b). accountable to the government (as opposed to to shareholders), the public option will have to behave exactly like a private insurance company–financed and stabilized by consumer premiums, without any subsidy from the federal government.
Still, you would think that if something that has the support of 70% of the public how could it be considered controversial? The answer, of course, is that itâ€™s probably because a minority of elected officials have charged that it’s the seed for a single payer system.