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December 28, 2006

I'll Take That

My LA Times op-ed from the other day is out on the Tribune syndication service now, so it appeared in the Raleigh News and Observer this morning and garnered this kind review over at BlueNC.com. "repbradmiller," by the way, is apparently Representative Brad Miller from North Carolina's 13th District.

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He's also Brad Miller at dKos, a frequent poster there, most famous/infamous for being accused of having an affair with Kos himself by his wingnut opponent, Vernon Robinson.

Posted by: jfaberuiuc | Dec 28, 2006 11:08:20 AM

Brad Miller is a wonderful guy who I'm proud to have voted for, back when I was registered in NC.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Dec 28, 2006 11:16:36 AM

Every so often I write a crotchety and eccentric letter to the LAT editors suggesting that they alternate columns from our Ezra with the Doughy Pantload's weekly unappealing wittering. If nothing else, it would decrease my morning annoyance level.

Posted by: J Bean | Dec 28, 2006 1:01:25 PM

Like many another account of the healthcare mess in California, your otherwise helpful Times OpEd piece leaves out any mention of SB 840, Sen. Sheila Kuehl's bill that passed the legislature earlier this year and was vetoed by Gov. Schwartzenegger.

SB 840 is the only legislation I know of nationwide that is radical--i.e., gets at the roots of the problem. Number one is the healthcare insurance industry, which accounts (everywhere) for over 25% of the costs of healthcare. By getting rid of its administrative costs, and profit-taking, there would be no need for additional expenditure to provide healthcare for every single Calif. citizen. That, and negotiating lower drug costs with a money-besotted pharmaceutical industry that understandably hates to negotiate. That, bear in mind, is an industry that is cheek-by-jowel with the Guv.

SB 840 has been several years in the making, and Sen. Kuehl plans to bring it back next year. In the meantime, it is being studiously ignored--by legislators, including those who had co-authored it, and, of course, our Guv.

He announced his veto of SB 840 long before it reached his desk, refused to talk with Sen. Kuehl despite her requests, and said he was veoting it because it would involve a new tax. Bullshit! Everyone would pay a fee that would be far smaller than what they now pay for their healthcare. No one would be denied care if they couldn't pay the fee. No deductibles; no co-pays; no need for prior approval. The state would "provide" healthcare only as the single payer; everyone would be able to choose their own provider, from among anyone licensed to practice, and not from a special contracted pool as part of an insurance system.

Why is SB 840 being so studiously avoided? How come Ezra Klein apparently knew nothing about it? Or was there some other reason for no mentioning it?

Posted by: Tom Robischon | Dec 28, 2006 3:25:16 PM

Definitely some other reason.

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