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Morning Mix: GOP Won’t Stop Attacking The Pill

Morning Mix: GOP Won’t Stop Attacking The Pill

As it turns out, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s strategy of being a total jerk to Michigan then expecting them to support his bid for presidency may not be such a winner. Romney’s driving hard to win back the state after calling the wildly-popular auto-bailout a disaster. Romney just launched a big ad buy that includes spots of him driving around reminiscing about the time his dad was governor.

Meanwhile, former Pennsylvania Senator and culture war crusader Rick Santorum is still projected to win the Michigan primary which means in the immediate future we can all expect an onslaught of non-stop negative ads from Romney-affiliated SuperPac Restore Our Future.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is happy someone remembers he’s still in the race, even if that person is a federal judge publicly shaming Gingrich for his brazen attacks on the independence of the judiciary.

Did you hear? Republicans latest scheme is to hand over control of your health care to your boss who can pick and choose what conditions and treatments to cover based on his or her personal moral objections.

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren heard about this latest attack from Republicans, and she is not having it. Warren went on the offensive attacking the GOP proposal and her opponent Sen. Scott Brown’s (R) embrace of it a matter of economics for middle class families. Which of course it is.

Warren isn’t the only Democrat showing some fight. Democrats won key concessions from Republicans and have an agreement to extend the payroll tax cut, unemployment insurance and medicare issues through 2012.

President Obama’s having a few good days too, even in the swing states. Let’s hope we can keep the momentum swinging in this direction, huh? Feels almost spring-like in possibility.

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7:20PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

We started listening to the ObamaCare hearings. They sure get down to the nitty-gritty of the subjects, argue and disect details of current law.

4:38PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Alice: Thank you for sharing you comment with Linda. I join you in praising Linda's effort and it's an excellent way of fighting back total Republican deception. The latest in this battle to reform our nation's health care woes is an unbelievable new spin the Republicans have resorted to now that they have been caught with their pants down. I will later today have a new post explaining the latest GOP twist, outlining how to fight back and beat them at their game without resorting to lying. I am counting on you and others who are tired of these GOP (Greed Old Party) lies to help me counter their efforts by spreading the word, posting the information on your social websites, asking your friends and relatives to do the same and putting pressure on the media to at least cut down on their non-reporting of things not in the interest of corporate America. BTW, I have formed a network of people that does precisely that. I have regular posts of news the corporate press does not report and I offer commentary and guidelines how to fight back. Others also contribute. We do largely what I recommended in regard to this matter. If you are interested in joining, please e-mail me @ co870@aol.com. Ray A. Cohn.

4:19PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Alice: I am in full agreement with you and I second your comments about Linda. However, we need to take a very active approach to educate the American people since the corporate media shields corporate America -- as much as possible -- from having to defend its actions.

The latest GOP (Greed Old Party) spin about the mandated health care purchase mandate illustartes the point. To explain it, we must keep it nice and simple, but at the same time be truthful. The one advantage they do have is when you lie, it's much easier to simplify your message. Let me illustrate in summary form how to take them on by simply outlining the facts:

1.The idea of requiring people to purchase health insurance was a Republican idea put by the right/wing libertarian think tank, the Heritage Foundation. 2. Their reasoning has good justification. If healthy young people simply decide no to insure themselves because they know if they have that really bad accident or a major disease they'll go to the emergency room and all the healthy people in the insurance pool and all the taxpayers will be socked with their bills. 3, What the Republicans have gotten away with is blaming President Barack Obama for adopting THEIR IDEA of health care and as soon as he did. they turned it into root of all evil 4. Because of greatly improved Democratic and liberal/progressive message this Repulican little secret has been let out of the bag. 5. So now we have totally new Republican spin. Essentially these guys are s

4:40PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Ray, all the people want are the same plans and options at the same rates as federal employees. I don't consider this to be socialized medicine, but more of a national plan so every person in this country has medical care available to us. I don't care if the insurance companies go bust. Most citizens don't realize they are self-regulating. It's like putting the foxes in charge of the chicken coop. Insurance is no longer affordable unless a person works for a company that offers insurance. Many companies like Walmart and many grocers place restrictions on hours worked to put the employees below the number of hours to qualify for insurance. Individuals have few to no options to get medical insurance. For self employed or companies with 1 or 2 employees medical coverage is seriously unaffordable. I said before that our small company of 3 had Anthem. When it rose to $3780 per month we switch to Kaiser (a California provider). There policy kept rising between $300 - $400 per person per year. Eventually, at the beginning our Great Recession, we dropped insurance altogether. We pay cash for services now. It's actually less expensive than paying insurance. We do keep in mind that we will loose everything we have worked for if one of us gets cancer - or just let ourselves die. The Republicans are solely responsible for for queering the installation of a national insurance plan for all.

3:42PM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Eugene: I am still waiting for you to tell us why socialized medicine is OK for Dick Cheney and the Congress, but not for the rest of us? Ray A. Cohn

7:56AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Sandra Fluke now says she doesn't need help buying birth control. She now says she was urging Congress to help other women.

I guess Ms. Fluke belatedly figured out that being the poster coed for mind-boggling promiscuity was not a good deal.

Georgetown Law graduates can get $160K a year to start, unless doofus Fluke has ruined the place's reputation for smart students.

6:45AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Republicans like to tell us we really don't need President Barack Obama's health care reform. They like to say "if ain't broke, dont fix it."

They warn us of "socialized medicine," rationed health care, death panels and all kind of other scary things.

The problem is what the warn us about is what we have now. We are the only industrialized country that doesn't have universal health care.

But the bottom line is we pay twice as much for health care as any industrialized country. We have rationed care with some 50 million uninsured people. Much of it is due to the pre-existing medical conditions. Forty five thousand people die each year in the US due to lack of coverage.

Despite paying twice as much we don't get real good results. We rank 137th in the world in the quality of health. Ray A. Cohn

6:19AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Part 1 of 2 parts. I strongly disagree with Ira that there no differences between the two parties. Yes, Republicans have moved to the far right.

I think it was started by their financial Godfathers -- Charles and David Koch -- who between them have about $42 billion -- more than Warren Buffett. It grew worse in 2010 when President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats let Tea Party goons dominate, intimidate and spread lies at town hall meetings about President Barack Obama's health care reform.

The myth by the corporate media was that these were non-partisan citizens concerned about out of hand spending who just came to these meetings. But that was all a BS myth by the media. They ere sent there by Freedom Works -- a far right organization run by an ultra conservative insider, former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey. The organization under another name got $12 million from one of the foundations of the Koch brothers. The Tea Party itself got millions under the $106 million their foundations and political committees donated to conservative and libertarian orgnizations between 1998 and 2008.

A university study -- I believe by Notre Dame -- found the Tea Party members were anything, but non-partisan. In fact, the vast majority of them were highly partisan Christian conservatives.

Ray A. Cohn, retired political journalist.

5:36PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Marvin: One more question. You throw around the conspiracy theory that Democrats turned the discussion around on birth control to shame Republicans. But there is one aspect you cleverly don't discuss.

What do you think of these states with far right Republicans and perhaps even crazier GOP controlled legislatures passing or at least attempting to pass laws requiring women who exercise their constitutional right to an abortion being forced to undergo a very invasive transvaginal probe? How do the "get government of our backs" Republicans explain that one? Barry M. Goldwater -- the founder of the modern conservative movement and a principled libertarian is turning over in his grave. Texas passed such a law and Gov. Rick Perry signed it.

Marvin, can you explain that one? Isn't that the height of hypocrisy? Or is it another question you aren't answering because you have no answer for? Ray A. Cohn

5:36PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Marvin: One more question. You throw around the conspiracy theory that Democrats turned the discussion around on birth control to shame Republicans. But there is one aspect you cleverly don't discuss.

What do you think of these states with far right Republicans and perhaps even crazier GOP controlled legislatures passing or at least attempting to pass laws requiring women who exercise their constitutional right to an abortion being forced to undergo a very invasive transvaginal probe? How do the "get government of our backs" Republicans explain that one? Barry M. Goldwater -- the founder of the modern conservative movement and a principled libertarian is turning over in his grave. Texas passed such a law and Gov. Rick Perry signed it.

Marvin, can you explain that one? Isn't that the height of hypocrisy? Or is it another question you aren't answering because you have no answer for? Ray A. Cohn

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