Tag Archives: Health Care

Infiltrators

New Orleans While I was being interviewed by Peter Collins, the former Air America host (www.peterbcollins.com ) for a radio podcast a little after 6 PM, I began getting instant messages that somehow Glenn Beck was airing an “exclusive interview” with me.  No way!  I had to focus so wasn’t able to click on the links until 630 when the interview on Citizen Wealth ended.  It was hard to concentrate!

The first flurry of emails assumed that we had been punked by Fox News documentary folks with whom we had interviewed and that despite their pledge they had shared footage with Beck and his crew.  Quickly it became clear that this was shaky, barely focused handheld footage, and the guys on the Fox contract at the Octavia Books signing for Citizen Wealth were total professionals, so there was no way they had sloppy stuff in the can.

Marie Hurt, Louisiana ACORN’s state organizer, quickly nailed the issue.  This was bound to be film from the two young white guys who claimed to be visiting New Orleans from Michigan, but were bloggers about healthcare, had seen the Times-Picayune picture of me and the notice of the book signing, so came on by.  I forget who brought them up to the signing table, but they asked if they could get some film for their blog and ask me about the need for national healthcare.

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Poor are Pawns in Massachusetts

New Orleans The poor became pawns as the big players in the Massachusetts stand-off over health care coverage continued to up the stakes in this struggle with the news that Massachusetts General Hospital sued the state complaining of tens of millions in unreimbursed care.  They argued that Commonwealth Care – the state’s highly touted plan –  “…was never, ever supposed to be financed on the backs of the poor…”  according to Elaine Ullian, Mass General’s CEO as quoted by Abby Goodnought in a follow-up story in the  Times.

Hmmm….maybe, just another self-serving statement as one lays down a placeholder in court in this stalemate.

My problem continues to be that the poor are getting short shrift here as these big players rumble around on the field supposedly in their name.

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