Senator Walks Out On “Listening Session” Before Anyone Has A Chance To Talk

So much for open government in the Peace Garden State:

MOHALL - What was billed as a “health-care listening session” featuring Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., ended abruptly after the senator heard from just two residents of the Good Samaritan Society Center and announced that he was out of time. As Conrad made a quick exit, many in the crowd that had spilled out into the hallways could be heard expressing their shock and disappointment at not having a chance to quiz the senator about the looming health-care bill or other pressing national issues.

“Isn’t that something. This is America where we are supposed to be heard,” said one attendee to anyone who would listen.

Democrats to go press on without GOP on health care

Democrats have decided to go it alone on health care:

Given hardening Republican opposition to congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance for the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.

Top Democrats said Tuesday that their go-it-alone view was being shaped by what they saw as Republicans’ purposely strident tone against health care legislation during this month’s congressional recess, as well as remarks by leading Republicans that current proposals were flawed beyond repair.

The White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said of Republican lawmakers, “Only a handful seem interested in the type of comprehensive reform that so many people believe is necessary to ensure the principles and the goals that the president has laid out.”

Balko defends Whole Foods

You may have heard that “liberal” customers of Whole Foods are organizing a boycott in response to John Mackey’s editoral to the Wall Street Journal.

Radley Balko responded over the weekend to the idea of the proposed boycott:

Blue Dog Congressman: Let’s Start Over On Health Care Reform

A Florida member of the Blue Dog coalition says that Congress should scrap the health care reform plans it’s been working on for months and start from scratch:

PERRY, Florida (CNN) – Acknowledging his amazement at the crowds gathered to debate health care at his town halls, Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Florida, faced three large gatherings on Monday with many questioners voicing skepticism about the proposals being debated in Washington.

“Never have I had this attendance … that is a good thing,” Boyd said as he started his third event of the day.

Question Of The Day

From John Cole:

Now that the Republicans have spent the last two months whipping the blue hairs into a froth about Obamacare ending their Medicare, how are Republicans going to pivot and become “fiscal conservatives” again concerned about out of control entitlements, now that they are completely wedded to Medicare as it is?

Oh I don’t think it’ll be too hard for them to execute a completely unprincipled flip-flip.

After all, these are politicians we’re talking about.

No more “fishy” e-mails

The White House has dropped the e-mail address where they encouraged Americans to send all those “fishy” rumors or e-mails about ObamaCare:

So Is The “Public Option” Really Dead ? Maybe Not

Some real “un-American” activities

If Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) really wants to talk about “un-American” activities, the Independent Institute has a list of suggestions that are much more fitting than attacking individuals genuinely concerned about ObamaCare.

Majority Says No Health Care Reform At All Is Better Than ObamaCare

Chalk this up as yet another sign that the Obama Administration is very close to losing the health care debate:

Thirty-five percent (35%) of American voters say passage of the bill currently working its way through Congress would be better than not passing any health care reform legislation this year. However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most voters (54%) say no health care reform passed by Congress this year would be the better option.

Republicans Were For “Death Panels” Before They Were Against Them

Apparently, end-of-life counseling is okay if a Republican is in the White House:

Yes, that’s right. Remember the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill, the one that passed with the votes of 204 GOP House members and 42 GOP Senators? Anyone want to guess what it provided funding for? Did you say counseling for end-of-life issues and care? Ding ding ding!!

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