Lunch links

hotdogSen. Richard Burr is skeered of being demonized by the Democratic Party. Of course, you don’t need any help from the Democratic Party when you vote against expanding children’s health insurance — that was before he voted against expanding health coverage to everyone. Along the way he described kids as “hogs at the trough”. (Excuse the quality on that video, it was our early YouTube days. One critic said we look like we had been taken hostage.)

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin writes on BlueNC that Limbaugh, Beck, O’Reilly, and Hannity are “exorbitantly paid entertainers”.

OrangePolitics is busy following the money in local elections.

Pam’s House Blend notes that the Traditional Values Coalition is proud to be an anti-gay hate group. I guess everyone has to be proud of something.

For political junkies there was a compelling profile of Politico reporter Mike Allen in the New York Times Magazine this weekend.

And for profile junkies, or fans of great writing, don’t miss this National Magazine Award-winning piece in TexasMonthly about a football player who was paralyzed thirty-five years ago and what happened once the media moved on.

And as a Bicentennial baby I’m compelled to link to this New Yorker article about the meaning of the American Revolution.

Still no cheap Chinese food in downtown Raleigh.

6 Comments

  1. James Protzman

    April 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for that New Yorker article. Hadn’t seen that.

    Today’s Tea Party is another bizarre political phenomenon in a country littered with them for two centuries now. It makes the whole idea of American exceptionalism very hard to stomach.

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  3. IBXer

    April 27, 2010 at 10:31 am

    “that was before he voted against expanding health coverage to everyone”

    http://www.cbo.gov/publications/collections/health.cfm

    “CBO and JCT estimate that by 2019″ will cost the US “$940 Billion”, not inclusing “costs that would be funded through future appropriations” and will leave “about 23 million nonelderly residents uninsured.”

  4. AdamL

    April 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

    And?

  5. IBXer

    April 27, 2010 at 10:38 am

    And according to a report released by DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, medical costs will increase by $389 billion over 10 years more than the CBO estimate. In addition “14 million will lose their employer-based coverage. Millions of Americans will be left without insurance. And, millions more may be dumped into the already overwhelmed Medicaid system. 4 million American families will be hit with tax penalties under this new law.”

  6. AdamL

    April 27, 2010 at 11:06 am

    The 14 million will leave employer-sponsored insurance for better coverage in the exchange. Of course millions will be left uninsured — and you’ve made it clear that you have no problem with that. Medicaid gets huge amounts of new funding — so it won’t be overwhelmed. And the tax penalty does not apply until 2014 — then it’s $95.

    This is compared to the Republican plan that will eliminate all employer sponsored insurance — more than 200 million would lose insurance at work. Almost all large companies would see billions in tax increases. And Republicans would insure 3 million more people over 10 years.