Here's the latest I'm hearing from the blogosphere:
- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) may vote against The Baucus Caucus Bill in Finance Committee. Why? Baucus didn't even give him a real chance to propose his "free choice" amendment that would give us consumers far more health insurance choices (including a more accessible public option). (FDL)
- Chris Bowers makes a good point on why "civility" and "bipartisanship" don't necessarily guarantee us good health care, while Mike Lux's piece on the need to reevaluate government's relationship (isn't it really just coddling and bailouts?) with the private sector should remind us that the last thing we need is yet another corporate bailout... This time, of Big Pharma and the HMOs. (Open Left)
- slinkerwink has some good news and bad news on the public option's fate in the Senate. The good news? "The Mod Squad" are warming up to it. The bad news? Their versions of "the public option" are incredibly weak and unworkable. (Daily Kos)
- So discrimination against the chronically ill and people with pre-existing conditions (even ones that the HMOs fabricate) will be a thing of the past? Not so fast, says desmoinesdem. There are still holes that we need to patch in the House and Senate bills before the HMOs try to take advantage of them to continue screwing us over. (MyDD)
- And finally, I noticed an email today from Stonewall Democrats on health care. Yes, LGBT equality activists really need to care about what's in the bills, what's not, and what we need to do to ensure that reform helps all our families. (Stonewall)
That's all for now, but I'll keep an eye out for more news and keep you updated on action we need to take to get health care reform done right.