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I am so happy to be here. As a member of the board of directors, I can’t tell you how proud I am to participate at #NN09 with all of these folks who are making history everyday and who are fighting for a stronger, fairer, cleaner, greener and more prosperous America.

Here’s some info on how you can participate from whereever you are, courtesy of the fine folks at Netroots Nation. Kudos to the hardworking staff led by Raven Brooks. And don’t forget, Baratunde Thurston AKA JJP’s Jack Turner will be in conversation with Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett Sat am from 9-10:15am EST. Tune In!
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Each year Netroots Nation does lots of things to make sure you can follow along at home if you can’t be here in person, and this year is no different.

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Or you can check out all of the media coverage we’ll be receiving online from your favorite blogs and traditional media outlets. We’ll update the list below as we have more information about broadcasts or major stories.

• C-SPAN and C-SPAN 2 will cover all of the keynotes and several of the panels live.

July unemployment numbers came out late last week. And they were still kinda sour with a total national unemployment rate of 9.4%. Ouch: and the numbers are much higher for African-Americans. Just before those digits came out, Barbara Ehrenreich and Dedrick Muhammed wrote a piece over at HuffPo talking about the death of the black middle class. There’s no question that black folks are being disproportionately hurt by the recession and that for our communities, it often looks like more of a depression. Still, the black bourgeoisie is socio-economic — it’s not just economic. There was a time when domestic servants, factory workers and Pullman Porters alongside doctors, teachers and lawyers all comprised the black middle class. It’s in part a cultural thing. So I take a little offense at this characterization. It’s not that we will lose the middle class — it’s that they need help after being unfairly targeted and discriminated against with unfair lending practices such as the subprime mortgage fiasco. Any economic recovery must address the extra-corrosive effect of economic racism on equal opportunity and fairness in lending. If black folks fail, ultimately (as we’ve already seen) so goes the rest of the nation.

Obama needs to keep the nation focused on building a highly educated, well-trained workforce, a health care system that doesn’t drag down businesses and families, and on creating clean energy jobs and industries.  Cuz yo, that’s where our future is.  And that’s where the jobs are at.

Still there are some interesting stats from Ehrenreich and Muhammed to consider:

To judge from most of the commentary on the Gates-Crowley affair, you would think that a “black elite” has gotten dangerously out of hand. First Gates (Cambridge, Yale, Harvard) showed insufficient deference to Crowley, then Obama (Occidental, Harvard) piled on to accuse the police of having acted “stupidly.” Was this “the end of white America” which the Atlantic had warned of in its January/February cover story? Or had the injuries of class — working class in Crowley’s case — finally trumped the grievances of race?

Left out of the ensuing tangle of commentary on race and class has been the increasing impoverishment — or, we should say, re-impoverishment — of African Americans as a group. In fact, the most salient and lasting effect of the current recession may turn out to be the decimation of the black middle class. According to a study by Demos and the Institute for Assets and Social Policy, 33 percent of the black middle class was already in danger of falling out of the middle class at the start of the recession. Gates and Obama, along with Oprah and Cosby, will no doubt remain in place, but millions of the black equivalents of Officer Crowley — from factory workers to bank tellers and white collar managers — are sliding down toward destitution.

For African Americans — and to a large extent, Latinos — the recession is over. It occurred between 2000 and 2007, as black employment decreased by 2.4 percent and incomes declined by 2.9 percent. During the seven-year long black recession, one third of black children lived in poverty and black unemployment — even among college graduates — consistently ran at about twice the level of white unemployment. That was the black recession. What’s happening now is a depression.

Black unemployment is now at 14.7 percent, compared to 8.7 for whites. In New York City, black unemployment has been rising four times as fast as that of whites. Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute, estimates that 40 percent of African Americans will have experienced unemployment or underemployment by 2010, and this will increase child poverty from one-third of African American children to slightly over half. No one can entirely explain the extraordinary rate of job loss among African Americans, though factors may include the relative concentration of blacks in the hard-hit retail and manufacturing sectors, as well as the lesser seniority of blacks in better-paying, white collar, positions.

Friday Open Thread

14 Aug 2009

Good Morning.

TGIF, and spend some of it at JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And always, have a peaceful day.

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

hat tip – Sepia

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Evening Open Thread

13 Aug 2009

Good Evening.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And continue to have a peaceful day.

UPDATE: The New York Times covers our campaign.

Cross-posted at Firedoglake, Huffington Post, and Daily Kos.

More great news today in our campaign calling on Glenn Beck’s advertisers to pull their support from his show. With more than 125,000 people now having signed our petition to Beck’s advertisers, four more major companies have pulled their ads.

From the press release we’re sending out right now:

ColorOfChange.org this week received confirmation from four more companies — ConAgra (maker of Healthy Choice products), Roche, Sanofi-Aventis, and RadioShack — pledging to pull their ads from Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck show. These new defections come on the heels of reports that Men’s Wearhouse, State Farm and Sargento also pulled their ads in recent days. They join LexisNexis-owned Lawyers.com, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, SC Johnson and GEICO, who all pulled their ads from Glenn Beck after the news host called President Obama a “racist” who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people,” on “Fox and Friends.”

Statements from these companies are after the jump … Read the rest of this entry »

Ed Schultz is like a dog with a bone on healthcare.

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Afternoon Open Thread

13 Aug 2009

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Good Afternoon.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And continue to have a peaceful day.

The bottom line is that Barack Obama and Congress are trying to help Americans have better healthcare coverage. Even if you are lucky enough to have insurance, we all know that don’t mean diddly no more. We are all at the mercy of what insurance companies decide willy-nilly to cover — or not. They might also just decide to drop you cuz you cost too much with your sick-ass self. I had to go to the emergency room recently and right there while I’m stretched out on a gurney this guy walks in and tells me I have to give him a $100 co-pay. I feebly reached in my purse but my lord! If that’s the co-pay, god help me when I get the rest of the bill. Look, Democratic National Committee is running a new ad to help edu-macate the ignant on why healthcare reform would be a really really useful thing that will mean we start getting more for our hard-earned dollar dollar billz y’all. Under a revamped healthcare system, there would be a little sumpin’ sumpin’ for you, for me, for all of us.

The Democratic National Committee’s newest ad, “Something In It For All Of Us,” touches on a key point that the President will address during a town hall today: eliminating the practice of denying Americans health insurance coverage based on pre-existing conditions. It also addresses other insurance reforms that will benefit all Americans including ending the practice of insurance companies dropping people’s coverage because they’ve gotten too sick and capping outrageous out of pocket expenses. These three reforms are part of eight Health Insurance Guarantees President Obama announced recently – iron clad commitments to end unfair insurance company practices – which will drastically improve the nation’s health insurance for all Americans.

hat tip – parker404

from Politico.com


August 12, 2009
Categories: Health Care
McCaskill says Rep. Scott’s racism charge ‘irresponsible’

Sen. Claire McCaskill — who went through a pretty tough town hall herself today — told CNN tonight that it was “irresponsible” for Democratic Rep. David Scott to blame racism for some of the town hall anger across the nation.

“I think that is irresponsible to say,” McCaskill said on Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday night. “There may be individual instances of that but there are a whole lot of people who are frustrated … but I’m not sure if it would be accurate to make that about race.”

Scott, who is black, had a fairly confrontational town hall earlier this week where he shouted back at a doctor in the audience who challenged him. The next day the sign for Scott’s Atlanta area office had a swastika painted on it.


WHEN A BLACK MAN…

FROM GEORGIA…

Gets a SWASTIKA painted on his office door…

and gets mail that calls him a NIGGA...

I think he knows RACISM when he sees it.

So, go somewhere and sit your ass on down.

Hell no…I don’t go for the okeydoke of racism only being valid when WHITE people think that it’s happened.

PHUCK THAT.

David Scott has been BLACK IN AMERICA longer than 3 weeks.

He KNOWS racism when he sees it.

And RACISM is all over this ‘protesting’ at town halls on healthcare.

Woo chile! It’s really thick out there in the Clintons’ old stomping ground of the AK. Some hillbillies best watch those mouths cuz oops! Your bigotry is showing. Please lord, let none of these ignorati be elected — to anything, let alone the Senate. Senate Guru has the 411:

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The pattern of bigoted comments by Arkansas Republicans running for Senate began in May with the Arkansas state Senate’s Republican leader, Kim Hendren, when he notoriously referred to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York as “that Jew.”  As inappropriate as the comment was, Hendren’s explanation was even more jaw-dropping:

“I was attempting to explain that unlike Sen. Schumer, I believe in traditional values, like we used to see on ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’” Hendren said.

I must have missed the episode of The Andy Griffith Show where Andy taught Opie the “traditional value” of anti-Semitism.

That was May.  Then June rolled around and Republican businessman Curis Coleman, while campaigning for Senate, decided to open his mouth:

“You go from here to southeast Arkansas, and you might as well get a visa and shots because I’m telling you the world changes,” he said, talking about the differences across the state.

Southeast Arkansas contains a sizable African-American population; and, Curtis Coleman joked that people might need “a visa and shots” before visiting the region.  I suppose this is the Arkansas Republican version of racial sensitivity.  Like Hendren’s incident the previous month, Coleman’s explanation only compounded the idiocy:

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Curtis Coleman said today his comment that traveling to Southeast Arkansas one “might as well get a visa and shot” was not meant to be derogatory, but rather as a metaphor for the diversity of Arkansas. …Coleman said he was trying to “accentuate or maybe even celebrate the enormous diversity we have in Arkansas.”

“I’ve done a lot of international traveling since the 70′s, and when going to a new and different land, you had to have a visa and shots. I only meant it to show the tremendous differences you see from one corner of the state to the other. I love Southeast Arkansas and meant it only as a metaphor,” he said.

“Maybe even” celebrating Arkansas’ diversity by suggesting that a heavily African-American region of the state is a “new and different land” requiring “a visa and shots.”  Way to keep digging your own political grave, Mr. Coleman.  (By the way, Mr. Coleman, the “digging your own political grave” line, that is a metaphor.)

[snip -- head here for the rest of the excellent article]

8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage

  1. Ends Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions: Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.
  2. Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays: Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.
  3. Ends Cost-Sharing for Preventive Care: Insurance companies must fully cover, without charge, regular checkups and tests that help you prevent illness, such as mammograms or eye and foot exams for diabetics.
  4. Ends Dropping of Coverage for Seriously Ill: Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping or watering down insurance coverage for those who become seriously ill.
  5. Ends Gender Discrimination: Insurance companies will be prohibited from charging you more because of your gender.
  6. Ends Annual or Lifetime Caps on Coverage: Insurance companies will be prevented from placing annual or lifetime caps on the coverage you receive.
  7. Extends Coverage for Young Adults: Children would continue to be eligible for family coverage through the age of 26.
  8. Guarantees Insurance Renewal: Insurance companies will be required to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full. Insurance companies won't be allowed to refuse renewal because someone became sick.

Learn more and get details: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/health-insurance-consumer-protections/

8 common myths about health insurance reform

  1. Reform will stop "rationing" – not increase it: It’s a myth that reform will mean a "government takeover" of health care or lead to "rationing." To the contrary, reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are currently being used by insurance companies.
  2. We can’t afford reform: It's the status quo we can't afford. It’s a myth that reform will bust the budget. To the contrary, the President has identified ways to pay for the vast majority of the up-front costs by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse within existing government health programs; ending big subsidies to insurance companies; and increasing efficiency with such steps as coordinating care and streamlining paperwork. In the long term, reform can help bring down costs that will otherwise lead to a fiscal crisis.
  3. Reform would encourage "euthanasia": It does not. It’s a malicious myth that reform would encourage or even require euthanasia for seniors. For seniors who want to consult with their family and physicians about end-of life decisions, reform will help to cover these voluntary, private consultations for those who want help with these personal and difficult family decisions.
  4. Vets' health care is safe and sound: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will affect veterans' access to the care they get now. To the contrary, the President's budget significantly expands coverage under the VA, extending care to 500,000 more veterans who were previously excluded. The VA Healthcare system will continue to be available for all eligible veterans.
  5. Reform will benefit small business – not burden it: It’s a myth that health insurance reform will hurt small businesses. To the contrary, reform will ease the burdens on small businesses, provide tax credits to help them pay for employee coverage and help level the playing field with big firms who pay much less to cover their employees on average.
  6. Your Medicare is safe, and stronger with reform: It’s myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform will improve the long-term financial health of Medicare, ensure better coordination, eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies, and help to close the Medicare "doughnut" hole to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors.
  7. You can keep your own insurance: It’s myth that reform will force you out of your current insurance plan or force you to change doctors. To the contrary, reform will expand your choices, not eliminate them.
  8. No, government will not do anything with your bank account: It is an absurd myth that government will be in charge of your bank accounts.  Health insurance reform will simplify administration, making it easier and more convenient for you to pay bills in a method that you choose.  Just like paying a phone bill or a utility bill, you can pay by traditional check, or by a direct electronic payment. And forms will be standardized so they will be easier to understand. The choice is up to you – and the same rules of privacy will apply as they do for all other electronic payments that people make.

Learn more and get details:
http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck
http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck/faq

8 Reasons We Need Health Insurance Reform Now

  1. Coverage Denied to Millions: A recent national survey estimated that 12.6 million non-elderly adults – 36 percent of those who tried to purchase health insurance directly from an insurance company in the individual insurance market – were in fact discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition in the previous three years or dropped from coverage when they became seriously ill. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/denied_coverage/index.html
  2. Less Care for More Costs: With each passing year, Americans are paying more for health care coverage. Employer-sponsored health insurance premiums have nearly doubled since 2000, a rate three times faster than wages. In 2008, the average premium for a family plan purchased through an employer was $12,680, nearly the annual earnings of a full-time minimum wage job.  Americans pay more than ever for health insurance, but get less coverage. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hiddencosts/index.html
  3. Roadblocks to Care for Women: Women’s reproductive health requires more regular contact with health care providers, including yearly pap smears, mammograms, and obstetric care. Women are also more likely to report fair or poor health than men (9.5% versus 9.0%). While rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are similar to men, women are twice as likely to suffer from headaches and are more likely to experience joint, back or neck pain. These chronic conditions often require regular and frequent treatment and follow-up care. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/women/index.html
  4. Hard Times in the Heartland: Throughout rural America, there are nearly 50 million people who face challenges in accessing health care. The past several decades have consistently shown higher rates of poverty, mortality, uninsurance, and limited access to a primary health care provider in rural areas. With the recent economic downturn, there is potential for an increase in many of the health disparities and access concerns that are already elevated in rural communities. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/hardtimes
  5. Small Businesses Struggle to Provide Health Coverage: Nearly one-third of the uninsured – 13 million people – are employees of firms with less than 100 workers. From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. Much of this decline stems from small business. The percentage of small businesses offering coverage dropped from 68% to 59%, while large firms held stable at 99%. About a third of such workers in firms with fewer than 50 employees obtain insurance through a spouse. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/helpbottomline
  6. The Tragedies are Personal: Half of all personal bankruptcies are at least partly the result of medical expenses. The typical elderly couple may have to save nearly $300,000 to pay for health costs not covered by Medicare alone. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction
  7. Diminishing Access to Care: From 2000 to 2007, the proportion of non-elderly Americans covered by employer-based health insurance fell from 66% to 61%. An estimated 87 million people – one in every three Americans under the age of 65 – were uninsured at some point in 2007 and 2008. More than 80% of the uninsured are in working families. Learn more: http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/inaction/diminishing/index.html
  8. The Trends are Troubling: Without reform, health care costs will continue to skyrocket unabated, putting unbearable strain on families, businesses, and state and federal government budgets. Perhaps the most visible sign of the need for health care reform is the 46 million Americans currently without health insurance – projections suggest that this number will rise to about 72 million in 2040 in the absence of reform. Learn more: http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/assets/documents/CEA_Health_Care_Report.pdf

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