That was the stock response of Republicans who came into the Blair House meeting on health reform. Nothing new here. Starting from scratch means in fact, shelve it. As Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) said, “If we can start over, we can write a healthcare bill,” he

Republican Plan for Health Care
said. “It means working together… reducing healthcare costs… and going step-by-step to regain the trust of the American people.” Uh-huh. And who is responsible for that? I looked on line for the Republican plan and really didn’t find much, no wait I take that back…I didn’t find it at all. So starting over isn’t a great response, it’s stage craft.

It is true that most Americans do not like the Senate plan, and neither do I. The polling shows the plan in the low and middle 30’s percentage liking it. But add the “public option’ and the positives move into the high 50s and middle 60s. That must tell us something. The Republicans didn’t mention that point.

I heard Michael Steele responding to the question, “Is health care a right or a privilege?” Without missing a beat he said, “Is a driver’s license a right or a privilege. Where in the constitution does it say, health care is a right?” Lame argument. While having a drivers license is a privilege, it’s my feeling that health may be covered under the Declaration of Independence, you know that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness thing. Don’t know if that’s ironclad, but I’m going to hang my hat on that one.

The US is the world’s richest nation and the only industrialized democracy that does not provide healthcare coverage to all its citizens. WTF

Oh, yeah, a “Cuss-Free week” has just been passed by the California Legislature. Have a job? Budget problems? Just don’t swear when you get sick.