Roger Hickey

Real Health Care Solutions

Editor’s Note: “The 2008 election campaign is almost sure to be a health care election — even before we’ve done much organizing at all,” said America’s Future co-director Roger Hickey at a conference sponsored by New Jersey Citizen Action on November 13. “So imagine what will happen once we get going.” In this keynote speech at the “Conference on Health Care for All: Real Solutions for New Jersey and the Nation” in New Brunswick, N.J., Hickey outlines what he sees as possible.

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Bill Scher

Out of Gas

I think these two videos speak for themselves. One is from the US Chamber of Commerce (via Open Left), offering its ominous vision for the future if Congress passes legislation to stop global warming. The other is from Environmental Defense, featuring western governors painting a bright vision of a clean energy future, and calling on Congress to act. See for yourself which one makes its case.

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Bill Scher

It’s Your Money

Newsflash: For seven years, George Bush has collected your taxes, and spent your money. He may have collected those taxes in a more unfair manner than in the prior decade. And he may have spent much of that money in ways that weren’t economically helpful or supported by the public. Nevertheless, the record is clear. He has had a seven-year policy and taxing and spending.

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Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Another 0-for-3 day for the Watchdog. Neither Secretary of State Condi Rice nor Sen. John McCain were asked if the continued White House support for Pakistan’s dictator Pervez Musharraf shows that its foreign policy does not promote democracy or defeat terrorism. Instead, both portrayed Musharraf as a positive force for Pakistan. On ABC’s This Week, Rice claimed “Pakistan is a country that has come a long way from 1999 and the military coup,” as if a fresh crackdown on political opponents constitutes some sort of democratic progress. On Fox News Sunday, McCain praised Musharraf as someone who “came to power to replace a failed state,” not someone who took power from a democratically-elected leader in a coup. He then said he would continue sending US taxpayer dollars to Musharraf. Over on CBS’ Face The Nation, former Gov.

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Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog

Apologies for a belated Weekend Watchdog post, as I’m back from a vacation and long flight delay. But as usual, on Sunday at 4 PM ET, tune in to Air America Radio’s “Seder on Sundays” program, where I’ll offer the Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up. For Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (ABC’s This Week) and Sen. John McCain, R-AZ (Fox News Sunday): Time Magazine reported this week from Pakistan: …as [Musharraf’s] regime cracked down on lawyers, journalists and human-rights activists, it agreed to a cease-fire with a powerful militant leader who had taken 213 soldiers hostage in the lawless northwestern region.

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Isaiah J. Poole

Fed Up With Wild-East China

There’s more proof of the political potency of the “toxic trade” theme among voters in a poll just completed by Democracy Corps. Asked to choose from a list of concerns about China, 52 percent of poll participants agreed with the statement that a “lack of safety regulations make Chinese products cheap but also unsafe for American consumers.” Another 32 percent agreed with the statement that “China has turned into an economic power whose goods flood our markets and undermine American industries and jobs,” while 30 percent agreed with the comment that “China’s explosive, unregulated industrial expansion is contributing to pollution and global warming.” Poll participants could choose two statements from a list of six. The other three statements were chosen by fewer than 25 percent of poll participants.

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Isaiah J. Poole

David Sirota Joins CAF

We’re thrilled to announce that David Sirota, a nationally syndicated weekly newspaper columnist and New York Times bestselling author, debuts today as a senior fellow and blogger for the Campaign for America’s Future. Sirota is known for his no-nonsense writing about economics and populist politics. In this space, he will be covering the ongoing debate over trade, globalization and economic inequality. Each week, he will publish a report analyzing and investigating the economic and political news on these issues. He will also be blogging on the issues throughout the week as news breaks.

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Isaiah J. Poole

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

The substitute Watchdog gave something of a break to the chattering Sunday morning class. George Stephanopoulos and Tim Russert took advantage of it. Chris Wallace didn’t. Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” asked Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican presidential candidate, about the refusal of Judge Michael Mukasey, President Bush’s nominee for attorney general, to characterize as torture the practice of waterboarding, which subjects its victim to a drowning-like sensation. McCain had earlier sharply criticized former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani for his own equivocation on the issue. “Will Mr. Mukasey have to say clearly that waterboarding is torture to get your vote for attorney general?” Stephanopoulos asked.

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Isaiah J. Poole

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information for the shows, so we can let them know what their viewers want asked. And on Sunday at 4 PM ET, tune in to Air America Radio’s “Seder on Sundays” program, where I’ll offer the Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up. First lady Laura Bush is scheduled for a friendly chat with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, and it’s frankly hard to narrow down the questions we’d like to hear the husband of George W. Bush answer.

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Bill Scher

And Your Point Is?

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program bill is not going away. House leaders announced that they are bringing another SCHIP bill to the floor this week, with minor changes but still expanding the program to cover a total of 10 million kids. The White House responded by whipping out a fresh “fact” sheet.

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Isaiah J. Poole

A $46 Billion Slap In The Face

The irony of President Bush’s demand on Monday for $46 billion in additional emergency spending for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan—an irony missed by most of the news media—is that it occurred as the Senate debated an appropriations bill for domestic education, labor and human services programs that President Bush has threatened to veto—over a comparatively minor $9.6 billion.

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Bill Scher

All According to Plan

Conservative movement favorite Bobby Jindal cruised to victory in Saturday’s Louisiana gubernatorial election, winning 53% of the vote in a multi-person race, far ahead of the pack and avoiding a runoff election against a single opponent. But Jindal got roughly the same amount of votes as four years ago, when he won only 48% of the vote and lost the governor’s race. There were multiple factors at play. The Democratic leadership in the state suffered their share of the blame for Katrina and its aftermath, potentially strong opponents did not join the election, and the race was never close. But we cannot ignore the new demographics of Louisiana, as conservative policies made it extremely difficult for African-American voters to come home.

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Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

For the first time in October, the Watchdog got a question asked by the Sunday shows. Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer asked former Gov. Mitt Romney about being endorsed by anti-Mormon Bob Jones III: SCHIEFFER: Bob Jones, who heads Bob Jones University down in South Carolina, recently endorsed you. And he said this week that he is completely opposed to the doctrines of Mormonism, but he said he preferred your “erroneous” faith to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “lack of religion.” ROMNEY: Isn’t that a great line? SCHIEFFER: Do you accept that endorsement? ROMNEY: Oh, I’m happy to receive endorsements from individuals, and, of course, we have different faiths. I’m not expecting him to endorse my faith. I’m not asking anyone to do that.

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Bill Scher

Weekend Watchdog

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information for the shows, so we can let them know what their viewers want asked. And on Sunday at 4 PM ET, tune in to Air America Radio’s “Seder on Sundays” program, where I’ll offer the Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up. For Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (Fox News Sunday): You support the veto of expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program to cover nearly 5 million more kids.

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Bill Scher

Strange Outrage

The National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez has an odd threshold for outrage. A couple years ago, after Mel Gibson made remarks denying the magnitude of the Holocaust, she said, “I give the guy the benefit of the doubt.” But when our own Roger Hickey said, “One hundred and fifty-six House Members declared themselves enemies of children and families” by denying health insurance to nearly 5 million kids, Lopez publicly put that in her “Starkly Outrageous File.” Million of kids without health insurance? No outrage there.

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Roger Hickey

SCHIP Vote: The Record Is Clear

One hundred and fifty-six House Members declared themselves enemies of children and families with this vote. Ignoring the will of the people, a conservative minority in the House sustained the president’s veto and denied nearly 5 million children access to health insurance. Upholding the president’s veto is only the latest obstruction to progress by Washington conservatives. An overwhelming majority of Americans support bold reforms in health care and other important areas, but conservatives have repeatedly used filibusters and vetoes to block this progress and then they hypocritically blame others for a lack of congressional action. The record is clear. Congressional conservatives and the president are the culprits who have stood in the way of a new progressive direction for our nation. Our children will pay a steep price for their cruel politics.

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Bill Scher

Conservatives Deny Kids Health Care and Obstruct Public Will (Again)

The House just voted 273 to 156 to override Bush’s veto of children’s health insurance, 13 votes short of the needed two-thirds majority. Once again, the conservative minority in Washington has obstructed the public will. While congressional leaders were able to persuade most of the conservative Dems who previously voted “No” to support the override, joining almost every other Dem and 44 Republicans, no additional Republicans joined the override effort. In response, Campaign for America’s Future Co-Director Roger Hickey released the following statement: One hundred and fifty-six House Members declared themselves enemies of children and families with this vote. Ignoring the will of the people, a conservative minority in the House sustained the president’s veto and denied nearly 5 million children access to health insurance.

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Bill Scher

SCHIP House Debate Underway

The House has begun to debate the State Children’s Health Insurance Program expansion, with the vote whether to override Bush’s veto expected to happen later today. (All the action at C-span.org.) With the help of the Bush Dog campaign, most of the conservative Democrats who had previously voted against the bill have agreed to help override the veto. But we don’t know yet if any more House Republicans will join the 45 that supported the bill last month. The last poll taken before the vote, from CBS, finds the highest degree of support yet for expanding SCHIP: 81%. That includes “large majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.” And CNN’s poll, which finds smaller yet still strong support at 61%, notes that nearly half of conservative voters (43%) want the veto overriden.

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Bill Scher

Conservatives Have Already Lost The SCHIP Debate

To turn the public against expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, conservatives tried to spread misinformation, intimidate kids and their parents, and make bizarre attempts at humor. None of it has worked. A new poll and analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health and National Public Radio finds: …strong majority support for the reauthorization and expansion of SCHIP… Given the basic parameters of the expansion – its cost, the number of new children who would be covered, and how it would be paid for – seven in ten Americans say they back the plan. This asking was followed by a version of the question that provided proponents’ and opponents’ strongest arguments. Even when presented with these pros and cons, support stays at 65 percent.

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Bill Scher

More Glorious Conservative Honesty

Last week, I hoped for “More Conservative Honesty” when talking about children’s health insurance. And today we got it. ThinkProgress today reports on the latest conservative attack on a SCHIP family. This time, it’s the Wilkersons. Refusing to be intimidated by the attack of the Frosts, the Wilkersons featured their two-year old Bethany, who was born with a heart defect, in a new ad supporting SCHIP expansion.

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