By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship for Common Dreams – We’ve seen how Washington insiders write the rules of politics and the economy to protect powerful special interests, but now as we enter the holiday season, and a month or so after the election, we’re getting a refresher course in just how that inside game…

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By Sam Stein for Huffington Post – Democrats on the congressional super committee have produced a “presentation” that would include a roughly equal mix of spending cuts and revenue increases to achieve an estimated $2.5 trillion to $3 trillion in deficit reduction. The early reviews among progressives is that the outlines, as introduced by Senate…

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By Kay Tillow – In 2009 when the Washington beltway was tied up with the health care reform tussle, Montana Democratic Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the all powerful Senate Finance Committee, said everything was on the table–except for single payer. When doctors, nurses and others rose in his hearing to insist that single payer…

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Progressives and Conservatives Agree By Rob Stone, MD – “The new health care legislation is a step toward elimination, by slow strangulation, of private health insurance and establishment of government as the ‘single payer.’” – George Will, in his weekly newspaper column, Sunday July 11, 2010 Everyone loves to pick on the Affordable Care Act…

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By William Greider for the Nation – In setting up his National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Barack Obama is again playing coy in public, but his intentions are widely understood among Washington insiders. The president intends to offer Social Security as a sacrificial lamb to entice conservative deficit hawks into a grand bipartisan…

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Nearly one year ago, doctors, nurses, and single-payer advocates stood up in the Senate Finance Committee hearing led by Senator Max Baucus to protest the exclusion of single-payer advocates from the discussion. One by one they were arrested. Now, FRONTLINE examines the writing of a healthcare bill by a corporate-controlled Congress. In Obama’s Deal, airing…

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Group Vows: “The Fight will continue until every person in our nation has access to quality, affordable health care.” Washington, D.C. – Members of the Baucus 8 appeared at the H. Carl Moultrie I Courthouse today for their final hearing following 6 months of probation and, for 3 members, 40 hours of community service. The…

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We need your help getting a single-payer supporter into Senate Finance Committee roundtable discussions on healthcare reform. The Finance Committee (Led by Sen. Max Baucus – MT) is holding three roundtable discussions on healthcare reform in the coming weeks. The first discussion, titled “Reforming America’s Health Care Delivery System,” on April 21st, had thirteen witnesses.…

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