Posted on Oct 04, 2012

Romney’s Biggest Lie: “Pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.”

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I’ve spent much of today going through the lies Mitt Romney told during the Presidential debate last night. And I’ve discovered that they were so egregious that it’s going to take a few days for the media to go through and dispel all of them. Anyhow, there was one that stood out that Americans really should pay attention to. Romney amazingly continued his attacks on ‘Obamacare’ during the debate,...

Posted on Jul 12, 2012

Mitt Romney Finally Went There. The Racist Southern Strategy.

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By Bob Cesca: Somehow, the team of CG animators who work on the Mitt Romney uncanny valley animations that substitute for an actual Republican candidate continue to let this jittery, awkward proto-human speak without a carefully scripted speeches uploaded to his neural network. Off the top of my head there’s Romney’s spastic “amber waves of grain” joke in which he mused out loud whether Iowa corn can be considered...

Posted on Jul 11, 2012

Quote of the Day: The Truth About the Obamacare Tax

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James Kwak provides an enlightening analysis of the GOP argument that the individual mandate is an oppressive tax on the middle class. His conclusion: In short: Very few people are even theoretically subject to the tax, and most of them are made much better off by the law, since they are transfer beneficiaries. How can this be? How can a law make everyone better off? Well, it doesn’t. There...

Posted on Jul 06, 2012

Could the Tea Party be Found Guilty of Treason?

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By Ben Cohen: According to the Mississippi Tea Party, the implementation of Obamacare is tantamount to treason, and the chairman is advocating an armed uprising to get rid of the ‘criminal invaders’ residing in the White House. On their official website chairman Roy Nicholson made the following statement: When a gang of criminals subvert legitimate government offices and seize all power to themselves without the real consent of the...

Posted on Jul 05, 2012

Mitt Romney’s Healthcare Flip Flops a Lesson in Modern Marketing

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By Ben Cohen: Watching Mitt Romney desperately try to capitalize on conservative anger and public fear over ‘Obamacare’ is a lesson in the art of modern marketing. PR firms and advertisers are hired to the majority of the work on Presidential campaigns these days because the public’s perception of politicians is almost exclusively based on images and soundbytes  coming from TV. And as any good marketer will tell you,...

Posted on Jul 03, 2012

The Biggest Lie in the History of the Universe

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By Bob Cesca: Okay, so this won’t be a column about the biggest lie in the history of the universe. I have no idea what that might be. But I can safely say that today’s column is about the biggest lie in the history of the last several days. Before I dive into the specific lie, it’s important to underscore the Mitt Romney Is A Lying Liar tote board,...

Posted on Jul 02, 2012

Which States Will Refuse Medicaid Expansion?

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by Charles Ornstein: For many people without insurance, a key question raised by the Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act is whether states will decline to participate in the law’s big Medicaid expansion. Although the court upheld the law’s mandate requiring individuals to buy insurance, the justices said the act could not force states to expand Medicaid to millions by threatening to withhold federal funding....

Posted on Jun 29, 2012

The Daily Banter MailBag: Healthcare Ruling Special!!

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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Daily Banter mailbag, where Bob, Ben and Chez answer our readers questions on stuff we should probably know about…. Today, we answer questions on the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare – whether it hurts or helps Obama’s chances of re-election, why PR could help organized Labor, and the ins and outs of corporate socialism. The questions: I know on the face of...

Posted on Jun 28, 2012

Why the Healthcare Ruling is Important to You

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With a huge amount of disinformation about President Obama’s healthcare plan swirling around the country, it is no wonder Americans are unsure about ‘Obamacare’ and what it means for them.  As Bob Cesca wrote in a column earlier this week, even Republicans love Obamacare, they just don’t know it. So what does the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the major tenants of Obama’s healthcare plan (and the much derided...

Posted on Jun 28, 2012

If Obamacare Fails, Don’t Hold Your Breath for Single-Payer

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By Bob Cesca: Throughout the last four years, whenever healthcare reform has reached critical mass — either when it was in danger of failing or close to passing, big dumb Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson (D-In Name Only) has invariably shoved his bulbous skull into the mix and blurted out something unforgivably stupid. Part of the reason is the aforementioned “big dumb” thing I just wrote, and the other part...