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Battle Lines Drawn for Recess Fight

By Ben Pershing
The Senate doesn't leave town until Friday, but the battle lines for recess are already drawn: Republicans will attack Democrats' health-care plans, and Democrats will attack the insurance companies.

Nancy Pelosi got the ball rolling on the latter campaign Friday, saying of insurance companies: "Facts mean nothing to them. Mythology is their game. Misrepresentation is their currency of the realm, and we intend to set the record straight." Tell us what you really think, Madame Speaker. Politico wonders whether the industry will "commence a big, mean anti-reform counterattack -- à la 1994's 'Harry and Louise' ads." The broadsides against insurance companies and the overall reform debate, the Wall Street Journal reports, have "provided a big boost to lobbyists for health-industry interests," as insurance and drug companies have both upped their lobbying expenditures significantly even as the weak economy has depressed K Street overall.

As the Senate Finance Committee continues to inch toward consensus on reform, disarray within the majority party remains the dominant storyline this week. To explain the events of the last year or so, Financial Times reports on "one quip doing the rounds in Washington ... 'Republicans can't get elected and Democrats can't govern.'" Democrats from conservative and rural districts are in a tough spot over the break, the Los Angeles Times writes. Bloomberg describes Democrats' recess tasks as, in order: "trying to resolve discord within their party, fending off Republican attacks and taking on insurers." And the New York Times says Democrats' "August offensive" on health care "will feature town-hall-style meetings by lawmakers and the president, including a swing through Western states by Mr. Obama, grass-roots lobbying efforts and a blitz of expensive television advertising."

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Posted at 8:32 AM ET on Aug 3, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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WHAT GOOD IS HEALTH CARE REFORM WHEN A FEDERAL 'MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATED ACTION PROGRAM' IS DESTROYING THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF UNJUSTLY 'TARGETED' AMERICANS...

BY MEANS OF A GPS-ACTIVATED NATIONWIDE VIGILANTE ARMY;

CO-OPTED LOCAL POLICE;

COVERT PROGRAMS OF FINANCIAL SABOTAGE AND SLANDER;

AND THE DEPLOYMENT OF SILENT, INJURY- AND ILLNESS-INDUCING MICROWAVE / LASER 'DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS'?


President Obama, AG Holder, SecHomeland Napolitano, SecDef Gates, DNI Blair must dismantle the nationwide, federal-local GPS-activated extrajudicial targeting and punishment matrix and remove from power the secretive executive branch officials who continue to oversee it.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

See "GESTAPO USA" at http://NowPublic.com/scrivener ("stream" or "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 3, 2009 11:10 AM

NASCAR drivers wear the logos of all their sponsors...so you know who they work for. How about our elected representatives be forced to wear the logos of all the healthcare and pharmaceutical companies from whom they accept large contributions...so we know who they really work for.

Posted by: jimbo1951 | August 3, 2009 9:51 AM

Recess allows Democrats and the White House time to combat the increasingly grandiose Republican fabrications concerning the health care debate.,

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | August 3, 2009 9:50 AM

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