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Avg. Net Worth of Senators Voting to Cancel Unemployment Insurance: $6.98 Million

Last week, 45 U.S. Senators banded together to halt unemployment insurance for 1.5 million out-of-work Americans.

The average estimated net worth of those 45 Senators is $6.98 million.

The full list:

Senator Voting Against Unemployment Insurance Senator’s Estimated Net Worth Risch (R-ID) $ 53,517,527.00 Corker (R-TN) $ 49,114,509.00 Hoeven (R-ND) $ 37,115,538.00 Johnson (R-WI) $ […]

Climate Change Disasters Making Poor Families In America More Hungry

As a result of its climate cowardice, the U.S. Senate today was forced to choose which Americans would become the newest victims of climate change. The Senate chose to let Americans on food stamps go hungry. […]

Americans Elect Bylaws Available in Searchable Full Text

Americans Elect is a section 501c4 corporation with a purpose of arranging the nomination and election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States in 2012. In a positive step, Americans Elect has written out its bylaws. Unfortunately, Americans Elect has not shared these bylaws with the public on its […]

Reimbursement for Intercessory Prayer Treatments? Not God’s Will.

As the health care reform bill wound its way through the U.S. Senate, senators John Kerry and Orrin Hatch attempted to attach a provision that would reimburse religious practitioners for engaging in distant intercessory prayer; under the plan, health insurance companies would have to make payments to for-profit dial-a-prayer operations when people got sick.

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Carolyn, Act Blue and Insurance Mixed Up

Back in June of 2008, Carolyn’s PAC gave 5,000 dollars to the New York Life Insurance Company Political Action Committee. Why? […]

Orrin Hatch Opens the Door for Big Government Pasta Faith Healing Program

The Washington Post reports that Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah is pushing hard to get a provision included that would mandate insurance coverage for remote faith healing. Dial-a-prayer hotlines to which people make calls and (for a fee, of course) arrange for distant intercessory prayers to heal the sick would be reimbursed for this “spiritual […]

Is Baucus Plan Middle Of The Road?

Does the legislation coming out of the Senate Finance Committee make any sense? Only about as much sense as standing in the middle of the road during rush hour. […]

Why Did Blanche Lincoln Vote Against the Public Option?

Why did Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln vote to kill Barack Obama’s health care reform centerpiece, the public option? The answer has a lot to do with her sources of campaign finance reform. […]

House Joins Senate To Cater To Insurance Lobbyists

Yesterday, as the Senate served insurance by killing the public option in health care reform, the House of Representatives passed H. Res 16, a resolution written by Representative Judy Biggert, praising insurance companies and beseeching Americans to buy insurance company products. […]

Max Baucus Gives America A Stone For Health Care

When exactly does Max Baucus suggest additional health care legislation is going to take passed, if it can’t take place in a Senate with a veto-proof Democratic majority, less than a year after the landslide election of a popular Democratic President? […]

Schumer Ties Profit Motive To Health Care Rationing

When the government does not serve us well, it’s because we citizens are not working with enough determination to hold it accountable. When private insurance companies do not serve us well, it’s because they’re fulfilling their missions to find a way to profit from our illnesses. […]