Elites are selling this as a grand compromise: Conservatives get Social Security cuts, and liberals get a tax increase. Oh, boy. My question is: what do regular folks get out of the deal besides screwed?
From throwing people into a system without any choice, to providing a windfall to insurance companies, to using women's rights to get it done, this health care bill is one Richard Nixon would have loved.
The policy has been consistent under both Democrats and Republicans: settlements are an obstacle to peace and endanger US interests. It might also be noted that the settlements do even more damage to Israel itself.
The media have adopted the GOP's propaganda that whether health care reform passes or fails, it will be bad for the president and the Dems. The more they repeat this, the more people believe it's true.
It's still unclear if the House will have the needed votes to pass health care reform -- if the votes aren't there, it could seriously undermine the chances for any element of the progressive agenda from passing.
There's something troubling about the use of the word "relationship" that excludes all relationships but romantic ones. All other adult relationships aren't just excluded in the wording; they're absent from the studies.