On last night's Colbert Report, Stephen proposed a brilliant plan to cover the uninsured. Since Max Baucus killed the public option, simply send him your medical bills. And don't worry, the health care industry has given Baucus over three million dollars, so he should be able to cover it. I guess if we can't send him some balls and integrity, this is the next best thing.
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Tags: Bill Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, Health Care, Kent Conrad, Max Baucus, Senate, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Tom Carper, Video
It's absolutely astounding that conservative citizens and Republican legislators continue to behave like children when they're continually facing such stern retribution from Democrats in Congress.
For example, just look at the push-back the Dems are pushing back with after Joe Wilson's junior high-esque outburst…
By blurting "you lie" during the President's address, Wilson was insinuating — wrongly — that Democratic health care legislation would provide federal subsidies to undocumented immigrants to buy health insurance. But though Wilson's allegation was false, and the political impact has been largely negative, Democratic leaders on the Senate Finance Committee seem to think it's worth fixing the non-existent problem Wilson was complaining about.
"We really thought we'd resolved this question of people who are here illegally, but as we reflected on the President's speech last night we wanted to go back and drill down again," said Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), according to Time. The incident reportedly has led Finance chairman Max Baucus to insert a provision in his legislation to require participants in the health insurance exchanges to provide proof of citizenship.
You see? The only incentive that Republicans have for acting like petulant children is that they end up having all their irrational concerns addressed as though they were rational.
The mind boggles at why they keep behaving like this.
Tags: Health Care, House of Representatives, Joe Wilson, Kent Conrad, Max Baucus, Senate
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Countrywide Is On Your Side (If You're a Senator)! Well folks, it looks like two of our nation's most beloved Senators, Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) have gotten themselves tangled in a bit of a mortgage crisis! No, they weren't squatting at the abandoned property of deadbeat Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA). Instead, it turns out that the two were given preferential deals by Countrywide Financial, the company that may well hold a patent on the sub-prime mortgage!
Dodd and Conrad unexpectedly found themselves categorized as "Friends of Angelo", signifying their special relationship with Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo. Membership in this exclusive club offers perks such as reductions on mortgage rates and VIP seating any time Countrywide forecloses on an orphanage.
For Dodd, this specifically meant favorable rates on his homes in Connecticut and Washington, while Conrad got a deal on his vacation home on the Delaware shore (which also hurt his stock with the iron fist of the North Dakota travel industry).
Fortunately, this favorable treatment doesn't really mean much, since the Senators in question have no jurisdiction over the mortgage industry. Oh wait, yes they do. In fact as the Chairmen of the Senate Banking Committee and the Senate Budget Committee, respectively, Dodd and Conrad have tremendous influence over mortgage lending and are clearly in a huge conflict of interest.
Conrad is in better shape, having cleared the air with a letter to the editor of the Washington Post, in which he pointed out that he barely knows Mozilo and furthermore, his sweetheart deal was only worth $10,000 and everyone knows that's chump change to a Senator. Dodd, on the other hand, digs himself deeper with each day that he doesn't publicly deny spending two nights with Mozilo in the Honeymoon Suite of the Hartford Best Western.
The Pages will be sure to keep you posted as this story develops, hopefully entangling Governor John Lynch (D-NH), who is due for a scandal!
Tags: Chris Dodd, Congressional Confidential, Kent Conrad