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Well that was fast

There’s already a huge petition ad at the top of  The Drudge Report – the very large graphic says REPEAL IT NOW. Busy, busy, busy. (Reconciliation vote hasn’t even happened yet!)

I guess hope never dies. Even when you’re a Republican.

Uh oh

Just glanced outside and I think things are moving on the horizon. Things usually don’t move on my horizon. Maybe the Republicans are right – maybe it’s end I see. Oh. My. God. The-earth-moved-under-my-feet. Shit.

Boehner is an ass

But I do notice that he’s been cutting down on the insta-tan lately. Which has to count as a good thing.

He’s on the floor of the House. Health care is going to pass and the world is going to end. Let us see what procedural wrench he will try to throw into the works now.

And the first Oscar of the evening . . .

. . . . for “Most over the top performance” – so far – goes to . . . Rep. Devin Nunes? Never heard of him. But he gets the statuette anyway.

Or you can keep up to the minute

. . . .at Talking Points Memo, where the bestest of the new Washington breed of digital reporters are liveblogging the heatlh care debate as it unfolds all over D.C.

The best $25 I ever contributed –  the Talking Points Memo ‘start-up’ a few years back. I’ll always be proud of that one.

Watching in happen

Another view of today’s events over at mac’s. It’s not all on TV!

Another reason why

Nicholas Kristof’s column in today’s NY Times describes in a few words,the devastating experience of friends of his, whose insurer cut them off in the midst of cancer treatment for the wife.

“The policy allowed it to cut Jan off because she suffered from a “chronic condition.” It stopped paying her bills in January, Zack [the husband] says.

I reached Sophie Walker, the group head of claims for InterGlobal. She said she couldn’t talk about an individual case. But she explained in an e-mail message that with a “chronic condition” the policies can have a much lower limit, $85,000, on lifetime claims. That’s the limit that Jan ran into in January, Zack says.

Then Ms. Walker gave me the company’s definition of “chronic” (you couldn’t make this up):

“Chronic means a medical condition which has at least one of the following characteristics: has no known cure; is likely to recur; requires palliative treatment; needs prolonged monitoring/ treatment; is permanent; requires specialist training/rehabilitation; is caused by changes to the body that cannot be reversed.”

That sounds like a spoof from “The Daily Show.” To translate: We’ll pay for care unless you get sick with just about anything that might be expensive. Then we’ll cut you off at the knees.

I asked InterGlobal if this was an accurate translation. I noted that by its definition, cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, tennis elbow and even athlete’s foot seemed to be “chronic.” I also asked InterGlobal to name any serious disease that it did not consider “chronic.”

The next e-mail message came back from the company’s chief executive, Stephen Hartigan, who sent his “kind regards” but added that because he was “disappointed” at the tone of my inquiries, the company would have no further comment.

Here’s why

As if we didn’t already know.

Encore worthy

I love this woman.

Gunfight at the OK Congress

Here are the Dems following their leader into the House today, Pelosi holding the gavel she then used to call the session to  order. John Dingle is in there (D-MI). He used that very gavel to call for the vote in 1964 1965 – on Lyndon Johnson’s major legislative accomplishment, Medicare. Dingle succeeded his own father in his House seat. Both Dingles introduced health care reform at the start of every congress in which the father or son sat – a period of nearly 70 years. This is a big day for John Dingle. And for us.

If I can only stay awake

A bug has taken up residence somewhere in my respiratory tract causing much coughing (nasty sound), an unwelcome and very distracting headache, and – thankfully – a proclivity to fall asleep. I’ve been indulging myself all day so far but as evening approaches here in the Eastern time zone, I must remain awake and watch this wonderful health care debate unfolding in the House.

All the congress critters are there; they’re all being very predictable and making the expected speeches. But – inch by inch – one notices something unfolding. It’s all theatre now which I shall enjoy in spite of knowing how it ends. At least how today’s episode ends. The final fat lady won’t be singing tonight. But even with the Senate vote to come, this is the important one.

An important vote. An important day. Also, the 163rd day of the ninth year of the War in Afghanistan.

Good afternoon, turn on the TV

While preparing dinner for some friends who arrive in a few hours, I’ve been puttering in the kitchen with my wonderful Radio Shack cordless headphones, listening to a House committee wrangling LIVE on Cspan 2. Many congress critters whose faces are new to me. It’s terrific stuff. I expect there will be plenty more of this as we count down to the health care vote.

And readers know I hope this bill passes. In whatever form. Whatever its failings – and there are many – it does the most important thing of all  – it establishes the principle of universality. Wow. I want to be proud tomorrow night.

I hope the troops will also be proud of what their countrymen have done. But right now I imagine they’re busy with other things, since it’s the 162nd day of the ninth year of the War in Afghanistan.

UPDATE:  It’s the Rules Committee of the House debating reconciliation.  So cool.

UPDATE II:  Just checking memeorandum.com and it looks like Byron York and bevy of conservative bloggers are watching a different committee debate. I’m watching something that makes my ‘proud to be an American’ gene stand up and salute; they’re watching, well, here’s York’s headline in from The Washington Examiner:

Rules Committee Descends into Chaos. Idiot.

I just heard Joe Barton (R-fracking nuts!) thank the Dems for such a civil and vigorous exercise.

Lite weekend fare

The Capitol Steps are a national treasure and so is Herbunk for reminding me.