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Sen. Al Franken humbles Hudson Institute dilettante over healthcare bankruptcies

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) humbles Hudson Institute dilettante over health care bankruptcies during a senate Judiciary sub-committee hearing on bankruptcies driven by catastrophic medical expenses.

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17 Responses to “Sen. Al Franken humbles Hudson Institute dilettante over healthcare bankruptcies”
  1. Allen Lomax says:

    Thank you Senator Franken for keeping them on topic. They don’t like the facts as they are and will always try to shift the topic. It is time that the U.S. had Medicare for All. Thank you once again, and please support S703.

  2. Greydog says:

    WE LOVE YOU AL!!!!!
    YOU ARE GOING TO BE ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREAT SENATORS!!!
    GO AL ( AND FRANNIE )!

  3. Greydog says:

    Please support HR676 for a SINGLE PAYER PLAN FOR EVERYONE.

    Why should Members of Congress enjoy the best socialized health care OUR MONEY can buy, but we cannot?

    • Antoinette says:

      There is something quite immoral about that,isn’it? Not to mention very hypocritical.
      Antoinette

  4. Greydog says:

    Members of Congress who do not support a SINGLE PAYER PLAN FOR EVERYONE should be mandated to give up their TAXPAYER FUNDED insurance plans, effective immediately.

  5. KM says:

    Thank you Senator Franken for that. It’s appalling that such companies even dare show their faces in public, let alone have the gall to represent themselves as even remotely caring more about people than their next buck. They’re making obscene amounts of literal money by denying the sick and dying needed healthcare, then using that same money to bribe on-the-take politicians so that these same insurance can continue to take advantage of the sick and the dying. These sick twisted weasels would do anything to make a buck. One can only hope that there’s a very “special” section in hell just for them. The fact that those same on-the-take politicians never breathed a word about the unfair anti-trust exemptions for these same insurance companies until now, says volumes about a certain poltiical party and its cronies.

  6. KM says:

    That’s “literal blood money” by the way,

  7. khpdave says:

    Senator Franken doesn’t impress me very much – He never has.

  8. lauren serven says:

    I think Al showed a lot of restraint.

  9. Esteban says:

    Diana Furchgott-Roth hates America, as does the Hudson Institute, as does Wall Street, as do nearly every Republican, Democrat, liberal, “moderate”, and “conservative”… as do Obama, Boehner, Pelosi, Reid, Barney Frank, Max Baucus, and on and on. They’ll say anything, and do anything, to keep 95% of America terrified, oppressed, and exploited. Anything. Our oppressors come in every color, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and cultural presentation – from white trash to ghetto-blasting rapper to quick-witted gay sophisticate to rough-n-tumble cowboy. Central casting has an oppressor face for you, sucker.

    The stakes are too high for the elites. They’re not going to give up any of their money; they do not feel shame or embarrassment (“but they took bailout money!” “but we’re in a recession!”). They hate you, they feel good when you squirm in pain, when your families and friends double over in pain. And Americans look for saviors in Barack and Rush, Glenn Beck or Amy Goodman – cowardly dumbasses.

    But the sad fact is: the slaves of Plantation America don’t believe the stakes are so high – they’ll whine and moan and a few buy Ann Coulter and Noam Chomsky books. A couple will stage puppet shows in the street. Oh gee, I’ll start a blog.

    Every 8 years or so, the folks in government or Wall Street loses legitimacy for one reason or another, and a new faction of the ruling class comes in as “hope ‘n’ change” agents. It was a lie when Reagan did it, it is a lie again now that Reagan’s little acolyte Obama is doing it. It’s clear that we need a revolutionary force to seize state power a la Venezuela, where a very (perhaps TOO moderate) Hugo Chavez is redirecting some (and probably NOT ENOUGH) of the social product the workers make BACK TO THE WEALTH-CREATORS themselves.

    Al’s fun to watch, but we need – and we need TO BE – something WAY WAY WAY more than that.

  10. Janis Jackson says:

    Being cursed with living in the state of Connecticut where everyone is on the take from the insurance industry, and having to put up not only with the completely immoral ethics of Dodd and Lieberman, I believe we need to have a massive mobilization and march on Washington. I wish everyone would just stop paying for health insurance premiums and let these massive, for profit insurance companies sink like a stone! Of course, I realize that there are a lot of people who just won’t do that, but I can’t think of a faster way to bring down the insurance industry. I’m also severely disappointed with most doctors in this state who are also definitely on the take. There may be a few marching in streets, but not many. A lot of the nurses are, bless them all.
    Another thought – could we not somehow say to hell with the government and the for-profit insurance industry and start our own single payer plan? Can someone comment on this possibility?

  11. mike mitchell says:

    Interesting! Ex comedian Al Franken is the sanest member of the senate and comedian Jon Stewart is the most honest news source.

  12. Michael Cavlan RN says:

    I am a Registered Nurse from Minnesota. Al Franken is my Senator.

    Al Franken is on the record as being opposed to Single Payer Healthcare.

    Why in the hell is this organization promoting him?

    Is this just one more psuedo Single Payer, astro-turf, support the corporate two party system organization?

    Serious question.

  13. L Yeager says:

    Al Franken proves he is even more smart than he is funny. I am thankful to have someone challenge these insensitive and smug representatives from the insurance company.

  14. MacChaz says:

    What we need is attention to those loosing their cobra benefits ‘the first layoff victims’ of our economic meltdown. These people are trying to find coverage as Congress bickers over what should have been enacted when they started Social Security and Medicare!!

  15. John Aycock says:

    Whoa! Hey Esteban, I think you’ve got 95% of America covered already in your list. “…nearly every Republican, Democrat, liberal, moderate, and conservative…” I think that’s most of us. Who’s left to be terrified, expressed, and exploited after that!? Ever consider re-checking your arithmetic on this?

    Esteban says:
    October 31, 2009 at 10:36 am

    “Diana Furchgott-Roth hates America, as does the Hudson Institute, as does Wall Street, as do nearly every Republican, Democrat, liberal, “moderate”, and “conservative”… as do Obama, Boehner, Pelosi, Reid, Barney Frank, Max Baucus, and on and on. They’ll say anything, and do anything, to keep 95% of America terrified, oppressed, and exploited”