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The battle for United Medical Center

Washington City Paper

Now Chopivsky is eager to convince the city’s leaders to hand him the keys to UMC, and by doing so enter into a partnership of sorts with a hospital that’s too important to the District’s overall health care apparatus for politicians to let it fail.

Chopivsky has been paying high-powered lobbyist David Carmen’s company $35,000 a month for help, lobbying records show. In total, Chopivsky has paid the Carmen Group nearly three quarters of a million bucks since 2009, though not all of that money has gone towards Chopivsky’s hospital-buying efforts.

Chopivsky has also hired Linda Greene, whom The Washington Post’s Reliable Source gossip column says is Mayor Vince Gray’s girlfriend, to build up goodwill in UMC’s neighborhood. According to the Office of Campaign Finance, which tracks lobbyist disclosures, Greene was paid $37,500 over a six-month period during the last half of 2010; she lobbied Gray and several councilmembers, as well as then-Attorney General Peter Nickles, last summer, according to OCF. Greene says much of her job was introducing Chopivsky to the powers-that-be east of the river.

When did Atrios blog for Medicare for All???


Federal judge strikes down whole law, sez mandate is unconstitutional and cannot be severed from rest of law.

Maybe we’ll return to my crazy idea to pay for it out of taxes.

Your crazy idea? When did you support single payer? When did you support Medicare for All? When the doctors were arrested at the Senate Committee hearing did you so much as mention it? Did you ever blog in support of the National Day of Action? The Mad as Hell Doctors Tour? Did you even link to Conyers’ Medicare for All page? Nope. So how was taxpayer support for health care your idea?

Rosalynn Carter to appear at the National Portrait Gallery

UPDATE: Washington Watch: A Carter returns to D.C. with a cause

You can buy here book here: Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis

Friday, May 7 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
National Portrait Gallery | Kogod Courtyard
Located across from the Gallery Place metro station at
7th and F Streets NW
Family, All Ages

Join us for a special afternoon with author and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter who will offer remarks and answer questions, read from and then autograph her latest book “Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis” an insightful, unsparing assessment of the state of mental health using stories from her 35 years of advocacy to springboard into a discussion of the larger issues at hand. Mrs. Carter crafts an intimate and powerful account of a subject previously shrouded in stigma and shadow, surveying the dimensions of an issue that has affected us all.

Pre-order your copy of “Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis” by calling the museum store at 202-633-5451 from 11:30 to 7:00 daily. Books maybe picked up after April 27th. Your position in the signing line will be determined by the number on your cash register receipt.

No memorabilia.
No “posed” photos.
We reserve the right to limit books brought from home.

The willful stupidity of David Waldman

David Waldman

As you know, the filibuster and the need it creates to find 60 votes in the Senate is the reason we don’t have a public option in the new health care bill.

No, that was just an excuse. Directly Scott Brown won his Senate seat, Obama, Reid, et al decided they could do health care via reconciliation. What the HCAN’t bloggers refuse to understand is that, from the point of view of health insurance parasites, there is no difference between a meaningful public option and single payer.

Robert Parry

But Dionne and other mainstream analysts miss the significance of the other number – 119 million – and why it is even a more powerful incentive for private insurers to have the ear of key members of Congress and White House insiders. It is the figure that the industry and its backers cite as the potential exodus of disaffected customers to a public health insurance option.

The public option was a FAIL, and it is truly reprehensible that, at this stage, the HCAN’t bloggers are still at it. Rather than continuing to bleat about the public option they should be pushing for a state waiver so that those states who want to enact their own single payer plan are free to do so.

The truth about the health care bill

Firedoglake has an excellent comparison chart that makes clear why this is such a bad law.

Neither health, nor care, nor reform

What Natasha said:
Choice, dying by inches, is already a near fiction for many (4.00 / 4)
If you can’t get something, choice is meaningless. Right now, for example, 87 percent of counties don’t have any facilities that perform abortions, and a third of US women live in them.

Because the required travel costs more, and takes more time to raise money for, women may require later term abortions. Both later term abortions and abortions with complications can run many thousands of dollars, which just isn’t an amount many families can pay up front.

There’s more about the Nelson language here, but the two-check rule, as well as the mandate that equivalent plans be made available that don’t cover abortion, means that a lot of women will find themselves needing an abortion that their employer or male head of household already decided not to bother covering. That’s two levels of approval a woman has to go through, as well as facing the social stigma of even wanting the option.

The administrative overhead will be such that it isn’t even clear many providers will offer such coverage. And the likelihood that only a very small pool of people will even be willing to purchase it guarantees higher costs anyway.

The promise from the administration and Congressional leadership at the beginning was that this bill would be choice-neutral and that people could keep the coverage they had. It isn’t choice-neutral, and it will strip abortion coverage from many women who have it. We were lied to and sold out.

Further, reproductive justice advocates were hoping to campaign against the Hyde amendment. Now, Obama has forestalled action on that until 2014.

And let’s take on that class issue. Of the women who get abortions, 61% are already mothers who don’t believe they can care for their families adequately with another mouth to feed. This bill has taken contraception coverage out of the required benefits, and IIRC, the expanded conscience clause would pre-empt state mandates for contraception mitigating this. Further, women with one child often find, or know already, that having a second child can mean extreme damage to her future income potential, with the pay and promotion discrimination extended to mothers increasing near exponentially with further children.

It’s a recipe for permanent impoverishment of women and their families, so we can expect to see the number of poor people under that threshold go up. Instead of making it easier for women to delay childbearing, and many women who have abortions go on to have children later when they’re better situated, this bill makes it more likely that they’ll be stuck in a lifelong cycle of poverty that their children will inherit.

Reproductive health care and empowerment to determine their own family spacing is the core issue of female poverty, as well as the feminization of poverty. The president and Congress decided that didn’t matter, though.

And as an aside, the bill also did very little for those 55-64, many of whom have been rendered all but unemployable by the recession and the higher costs of their coverage compared to younger workers.

So while there’s help in it, while there’s a team victory in it, this bill perpetuates both corporate rent-seeking and systemic discrimination against women. Being probably the only bite at the apple we’ll get, yes, I’m angry. Having been defined as some wiggy, far left-wing thing, when it’s the unholy love child of Romney and McCain’s plans, yes, I’m angry.

This was handled badly and the ‘center’ has been pushed farther towards unapologetic misogyny. So no, I’m not happy.

Women are going to walk


To me, one of the most egregious things in this bill is the way that women are treated. When we are considered at all, our reproductive health seems to be in a special category, one where a bunch of old guys in red beanies and pointy hats, have the final say as to what is or isn’t acceptable. If the Senate bill passes, it will perfectly acceptable to force women to identify themselves as considering abortion as a healthcare option when they sign up for insurance. It’s to shame them. No, no, don’t try to sugar coat this. That is the intention. To keep abortion as a shameful procedure. …

… This is a Congress that we elected and it is a president that the deluded foisted upon the rest of us. We expected them to be different from their immediate predecessors. Well, we expected some congress members to be different. The Confluence never expected anything different from Obama but we thought he could be prevailed upon to not veto what Congress passed. And this Congress is overwhelmingly Democratic. These are the very same Democrats who scared the deluded into voting for Obama in 2008 because they convinced young women of child bearing age that only he and they could protect the reproductive rights of women.

They made that promise and we will hold them to it.

Mark my words, Democrats will go down in flames in 2010, and a handful of liberal third party candidates will win congress and possibly even a senate seat.