PUNKING THE HATERS: Man Parades PUBLIC OPTION NOW Sign Through Sea Of DC Teabaggers

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FLICKR: This brave man walked through the anti-health care crowd with his large poster and was immediately set upon by the crowd. One person spit on him, while others pushed and tried to grab his flag until the police intervened. Most of the crowd around him turned on him like rabid dogs, yelling epithets and things like commie, why dont you leave this country etc. Impressively, he remained unflappable and had this little smile on the whole time. MORE

SALON: Why then do nearly all of the Republicans in Congress find it so difficult to empathize with the tens of millions of their uninsured and underinsured fellow citizens — and so easy to contemplate the ruin of reform yet republican_elephant_lo_res.thumbnail.jpgagain, even though that means condemning hundreds of thousands to sickness, bankruptcy and even death? Why would they still insist, after 40 successful years of Medicare, that government must have no further role in ensuring decent healthcare for every American? Perhaps the problem is that a certain kind of Republican — often with a connection to the White House or Capitol Hill — will only endorse government action to remedy the adversity they have experienced for themselves. […] Enjoying the ample blessings of the Federal Employee Health Benefits program and access to the best military hospitals, they’re totally insulated from the troubles of those who lack adequate insurance, or any insurance at all. If the Republican right manages to kill healthcare reform this year, then perhaps some brave Democrat should introduce a new kind of bill — cutting off every member of Congress from the “public option” that protects them and their families. MORE

red-cross101.thumbnail.pngHUFFINGTON POST: A new study finds that a majority of physicians support the creation of a public health care option. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) study published in Monday’s New England Journal of Medicine shows that 63 percent of physicians support a health reform proposal that includes both a public option and traditional private insurance. If the additional 10 percent of doctors who support an entirely public health system are included, then approximately three out of four physicians nationwide support inclusion of a public option. Only 27 percent support a private-only reform that would provide subsidies for low-income individuals to purchase private insurance. MORE

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