Consumer Group Alleges Big Insurer WellPoint Is Gaming New Healthcare Reform Law

WellPoint Inc., one of the nation’s top five private health insurers, is looking for loopholes and play corporate games to keep corporate profits high, a consumer group charges. The group, Consumer Watchdog, is calling for the Obama administration to launch an investigation of WellPoint, which is the parent firm of … Continue reading

Specter Opposes EFCA, But Pa. AFL-CIO Picks Him Over Sestak In Senate Primary Battle

The members of Pennsylvania’s AFL-CIO are endorsing longtime incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter over Rep. Joe Sestak in that state’s contested May 18 Democratic primary election, despite the fact that Specter opposes one of the labor union’s biggest legislative priorities. “In our opinion Senator Arlen Specter is the strongest advocate and … Continue reading

Secret Webcam Surveillance Of Pa. Students Leads To Call For Stronger Privacy Law

Allegations that school officials in Pennsylvania secretly watched students at home via webcams installed on school-issued laptop computers proves that Congress must update federal eavesdropping laws to cover unauthorized video surveillance, an attorney representing an Internet freedom organization told senators. Kevin Bankston delivered his message to members of a Senate … Continue reading

Senate On Recess, Thousands To Begin Losing Unemployment Benefits, Labor Secretary Warns

About 38,000 out-of-work Americans will begin losing their unemployment benefits starting in the second week of April because the Senate recessed through April 12 without approving a needed extension of those benefits, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis warns. The Senate adjourned for its annual Easter recess Friday, failing once again to … Continue reading

April Fools Came Early This Year

The fools in this case being our national media. “victim” NotSoBreitbart Listen to Joseph Pulitzer: “A free press should always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice and corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack … Continue reading

ANALYSIS: In Bay State’s Political Odd Couple, Republican Scott Brown Is The Odd Man Out

Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation ended last week, dominated by the enactment of healthcare reform as it was, by gathering at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center on Friday afternoon. But in a vivid illustration of just how the political reality of its has changed, just one of the … Continue reading

Saying ‘America’s Established Social Safety Net’ At Risk, Judiciary Chairman Defends Healthcare Reform Against State Lawsuits

Citing the oath the president and members of Congress take to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee defended the new healthcare reform law from mushrooming court challenges that seek to overturn the hard-fought legislative victory. More than a dozen … Continue reading

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It’s been a long time since I have done a plea for donations, but with the economy the way it is and ad revenue way down, I find that it is neccessary to reach out to readers and the blogging community and ask for help to stay online. Our web … Continue reading

Union Chief: GOP Fueled Healthcare Vote Violence

In the hours leading up to the Sunday’s climactic healthcare reform vote in the House, congressional Republicans helped foment an atmosphere that helped spark a subsequent rash of violence that’s struck at Democrats who supported the legislation, according to the leader of one of the nation’s oldest and largest organized … Continue reading