Wednesday 27 April '11 show notes

Wednesday 27 April '11 show notes

   
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Single Payer comes to Vermont
Thom plus logoVermont is one step-closer to becoming the first state to set up a truly universal, single-payer health care system. The Vermont Senate passed the new healthcare bill yesterday – following in the footsteps of the state House that passed the bill last month. Now – it just needs to be signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin who’s already expressed his support for the measure. There IS one last step though – Vermont would need to secure a waiver to opt out of Obamacare in order to build its own healthcare system.
 
A handful of lawmakers have introduced legislation to allow states – in particular Vermont – to drop out of Obamacare if they prove they can cover just as many people with insurance as the law would have without adding to the deficit. But surprise, surprise, Republicans don’t like the idea. That’s right – after bashing Obamacare for 2 years – they don’t want to let states drop out of it. What happened to their whole “state’s rights” platform – does that only apply to stuff like abortion and gay marriage – and not to giving people free healthcare? The truth is – Republicans are trembling at thought of Vermont having a single-payer healthcare system to serve as a model for other states. Canada’s single-payer healthcare system started in just one province – Saskatchewan – and then spread across the country because people in other provinces demanded it.
 
Republicans fear that the same thing is likely to happen in the United States and they’ll do anything they can to stop it in Vermont. They don’t care about sick people – they care about profits for their buddies – the millionaire private health insurance executives.
 
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Tonight on The Big Picture on RT TV at 9pm and 11pm... Healthcare...Vermont puts people before profits (check your local listings for stations or stream at RT, and catch past shows on Youtube)
 
Need to Know: Healthcare...Vermont puts people before profits With Zaid Jilani, Reporter / Blogger - Think Progress.org. Twitter
 
Screwed: End of consumer class actions as we know it? With Peter Mougey, Partner-Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. / President of the national securities bar association PIABA (“Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association”. Twitter
 
It's official, Obama...born in the USA (Trump takes credit!) With Dr. Orly Taitz, California attorney and dentist, a leader in the "birther movement". Twitter
 
The Lone Liberal - midweek rumble With:
- Jamie Weinstein - Deputy Editor, DailyCaller.com Twitter
- David Hogberg, Washington Correspondent - Investors Business Daily. Twitter
 
Daily Take: Vultures circling Turkey...dress rehearsal for America?
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Quote: "You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker." -- Malcolm X.
 
Hour One: End of class action suits as we know it? With Mike Papantonio, Attorney, co-host of the Ring of Fire Radio Show. Twitter
Article: "At&T Mobility LLC V. Concepcion Et Ux." Decision April 27, 2011.
 
Hour Two: Latest on the war on democracy with John Nichols, Washington Correspondent - The Nation Magazine. Twitter
 
Cheesy news alert: "Obama Reveals Unsuccessful Run for President of Kenya" by Andy Borowitz.

Hour Two: Obama releases his birth certificate...now will you apologize? Thom asks Philip J. Berg, Esquire, Attorney, birther. Twitter
 
 
Smooth Criminal Alert: "Burglary suspect leaves behind license" by AP.
 
Talk Radio News Segment: Jay Goodman Tamboli, Legal Affairs Correspondent and IT Director. Twitter
Talk Radio News Segment: Victoria Jones, White House Correspondent. Twitter
Article: "Obama set to name CIA's Leon Panetta as Defense secretary, officials say" by Ken Dilanian and Christi Parsons.

Hour Three: Are liberal women neutering American men? With Heather Cirmo, conservative strategist / managing owner-440 Group Public Relations (conservative political PR firm). Twitter
Movie: "300" directed by Zack Snyder.
 
Progressive Democrats of America Plans California Healthcare Not Warfare Tour With Tim Carpenter, National Director - Progressive Democrats of America (PDAmerica). Twitter
 
The good: Senator Diane Feinstein: "Votes lined up in Senate committee for DOMA repeal" by Chris Johnson.
The very, very ugly: "Gingrich: Secular Elites Have Declared War On Time Itself" by Evan McMorris-Santoro.
Article: "What Gasoline Really Costs Us" by The Progress Report:.
Article: "Republicans Lack Courage on Oil" by Rush Limbaugh.
 
17 hours of incarceration for attempting to ask her congressman a question at a town hall meeting Thom is joined by progressive radio talk show host Nicole Sandler, Radio or Not. Twitter
 
Article: "Vermont Senate Passes Single Payer Bill" by David Dayen.
Crazy alert: "Raccoon with sticky paws steals purses" by WPTV/NBC.
Coming up Thursday on The Thom Hartmann Program 
 
Hour Two: Conservatives continue to complain about the high cost of regulation...but where would we be without them? Thom will challenge Michael Swartz of Pajamas Media...  Twitter
 
Hour Three: with record breaking profits being announced again...why are we still subsidizing "Big Oil?" Thom will confront Myron Ebell, Director, Energy & Global Warming Policy-Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Twitter
 
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