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August 02, 2006

Russ Feingold and Me

A couple weeks ago, surveying the poor press coverage greeting Pete Stark's new health care proposal, I realized I should probably stop bitching about such superficial wire stories and use my position at a political magazine to actually, y'know, do something about it. Today comes the first attempt. I spent fifteen minutes chatting with Sen. Russ Feingold this morning on his new health proposal, which would offer a big pot o' money for a small number of states to create universal health programs. Better yet, I recorded the call and got ace editor Alec Oveis to stick it online. You can listen to it here. We'll try to get a transcript of it shortly.

If you guys like it, I'll make this into a regular thing. So do let me know if it's informative. We in the blogosphere are always claiming that the press should do a better job allowing smart leaders to explain their plans for the country, but we all too rarely recognize that we can fill the void. If response is good, I'll schedule interviews with Pete Stark, Tom Vilsack, and John Kerry to talk about their new plans. I'll also expand the feature beyond health care and just bring on interesting thinkers, writers, and folks whose ideas deserve wider play. But first I need to know if you folks are down. So check it out and let me know.

Crossposted on Tapped

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Sounds like a wonderful idea! I have a very strong preference for transcripts over audio files though, mainly due to the greater speed of intake. So I think I'll wait until then to engage with it.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Aug 2, 2006 4:06:48 PM

Just gave it a listen right now, and I liked it a great deal. I really like Feingold's plan, and I am very excited that my home state, Wisconsin, may end up being a tester if this plan goes through.

Posted by: moonshower | Aug 2, 2006 5:10:26 PM

Nice going Ezra! Nice to hear people are "stepping up to the plate". Should be good for the Democratic Party to be fluent and ready with this issue in the next election. I'll definitely listen if you do another interview...

Posted by: Steve Mudge | Aug 2, 2006 5:12:50 PM

Ezra, I work for America's oldest health insurance company and it is from WI. Sure Feingold, from WI, would want America's oldest insurance company, in his state, to have an upper hand in national healthcare reform. Sure, all health insurance money should be electronically sent to WI, the home of cheeze heads and Packer fans.

I'm surprised you didn't s ask him, "The centerpiece of Republican healthcare reform is the tax free HSA and I'm curious, what do you think about Americans getting PORTABLE individual health insurance, from WI from America's oldest health insurance company and going tax free with an HSA like President Bush did?

You will get better as TIME goes by ezra.

The centerpiece of Republican healthcare reform is the Tax Free HSA and ezra should always ask about it, just to be fair and to put these Liberals on the spot.

President Bush said, "Become empowered with a Tax Free HSA."

Posted by: Ron Greiner | Aug 2, 2006 7:12:06 PM

"If response is good, I'll schedule interviews with..."

Screw the response. Do what you think is important.

Posted by: Petey | Aug 2, 2006 7:38:27 PM

"I have a very strong preference for transcripts over audio files though, mainly due to the greater speed of intake."


Posted by: Petey | Aug 2, 2006 7:39:28 PM

Nice, Ezra. Thanks. You are a good interviewer and I hope you do more of these.

Posted by: J Bean | Aug 2, 2006 9:04:19 PM

Senator Feingold's plan actually looks almost identical to a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Voinovich and Bingaman. Maybe that bill should get more attention.

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