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Pelosi Confronted By Health Care Protest

Opportunistic Republican complaints about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have received the lion’s share of attention, but a stronger anti-Pelosi current of opinion comes from the progressive side of American politics. As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has protected George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from accountability, has helped to cover up torture, has kept America at war, and as helped to pass laws establishing Big Brother government spying against American citizens.

nancy pelosi protestNancy Pelosi has also been part of a move by the top Democratic Party leadership to exclude consideration of single-payer health care concepts from discussion of health care reform. So, on Friday, a group of over 200 progressives against Pelosi gathered outside her office in the San Francisco Federal Building to protest her role in blocking consideration of single-payer health care plans.

The imbalanced political position Nancy Pelosi has placed herself in is expressed beautifully, I think, by the uncomfortable expression on the face of Pelosi aide Michael Herbert, as shown in this photograph taken during Friday’s protest.

“Didn’t… sign… up to… defend… corporate… baloney… must… not… allow… head… to explode… need… extra… mochaccino…”

9 comments to Pelosi Confronted By Health Care Protest

  • Jim

    Or, “What can I say to make this citizen go away without making any commitment or saying anything of substance?… ‘We will certainly take that into consideration’… ‘I respect your commitment’… how about ‘Oh, Look! A bird!’???”

  • qs

    Does single payer mean you don’t have the right to buy your own care with the money you earn?

    Also, does it also mean mandatory participation in nation wide electronic medical records to help cost and efficiency. I hope no one abuses that.

    Just asking. Sounds less intrusive than domestic wiretapping but maybe not quite as intrusive as the IRS. Tough call.

    • Electronic records systems are already being planned, separate from the question of who pays. I agree, there’s a lot of risk – especially when the Patriot Act has legalized the warrant-free grab of Americans’ medical records for use in… well, who knows?

      What single payer means, more broadly, isn’t really being talked about, because the Democratic leadership has excluded single payer health care reform from government discussions.

      • qs

        What plans? They’re might be plans to push the generic idea electronic medical records right now from the national level, but each hospital is selecting its own software, which isn’t designed to be standardized at all. This leads to snooping but only on a very localized level.

        If you want nation-wide standardization well be sure and never tell your doctor about anything that you think you might want to keep private: divorce, affairs, gay sex, drug use, STD’s, prostitution, depression and all other mental health issues, ummm anything embarrassing that could turn up.

        Somehow I think that a “single payer” system is going to speed up the Federal government’s control electronic medical records up.

  • qs

    OOOOO I see. You’re talking about what the Democrats hid inside the stimulus bill. That thing will probably be worse than the Patriot Act.

    Tucked inside of the Obama stimulus bill: mandatory eletronic medical records.

    • I’m talking about that, and similar efforts under the Republicans. It’s a long-term project, with some merit and a lot of risk, and cannot be fairly characterized as a consequence of single payer health care programs in particular.

      • qs

        Well just because the republicans do it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea!

        “There is the stupid party. And there is the evil party. … the two parties get together and do something that is both stupid and evil. …”

  • Anonymous

    whats the trick to the text links opposed to copy and past http://… crap?

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