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I am a retired advertising sales executive/manager and am now Executive Director of the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC). I am also a member of the Senior Editor Team at Op Ed News. I also serve as Research Director and Board member of Healthcare4ALLPA which is promoting the adoption of single-payer healthcare in Pennsylvania and nationally. I have a long-time interest in progressive politics and journalism and have published numerous articles and blogs over more than four decades. I was a progressive Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010. I write primarily about politics, healthcare, journalism, and political assinations, and my work has been published In The New York Times; The Village Voice; The Realist; The Washington Star; New Times, Rolling Stone, three book anthologies, et al.
Chris Christie's Many Tales From the Dark Side
Chris Christie has burst onto the national scene in recent years. Despite having many critics and detractors he has become something of a darling of the mainstream media, and is viewed by many as a potential successful Republican candidate for the presidency. Is Bridgegate his obituary or an opportunity to overcome adversity?
Thursday, June 28, 2012(3 comments)
Still "SiCKO" After All These Years
you will want to be in Philadelphia this weekend for the fifth anniversary reunion between Michael Moore and the cast of "SiCKO," his groundbreaking documentary about how people with health insurance in this country are routinely denied necessary care by our insurance companies. Former Cigna executive turned insurance industry critic and whistleblower will be there as well along with healthcare experts from around the U.S.
Health Insurance Monopolies Are Illegal. There Is No Insurance Antitrust Exemption
It is widely perceived that the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 bestowed an exemption to federal anti-trust law upon the insurance industry which has enabled a handful of health insurance companies to grow into gargantuan predatory monopolies immune to anti-monopoly legislation. In fact the Act was intended to empower both the federal government and the states to enforce antitrust regulations against the insurance industry.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009(13 comments)
Arlen Specter Pledges To Help Enable State Single-Payer Movement
Arlen Specter this morning pledged to introduce an amendment in the Senate that would remove any roadblocks individidual states might face in enacting single-payer systems in the respective states. Let's thank him and let him know that we expect him to fulfill his pldege and to work hard to insure its passage.
Poll Excludes Single-Payer Healthcare; Respondents Implicitly Endorse It Anyway
HCAN, a coalition of organizations advocating and lobbying for President Barack Obama's proposed healthcare reform plan, recently released poll purporting to show broad public support for the Obama plan. The poll meticulously avoided any specific reference to Single-Payer healthcare reform, but the survey results strongly suggest that the public prefers that option even though it was excluded from the questionnaire.
Saturday, December 20, 2008(3 comments)
Update on Minnesota Recount
I have to say that I am terribly
impressed by the transparency of the Minnesota process. The entire
thing has been live-streamed, and every ballot where there was the
slightest disagreement has been projected for all to see.
Saturday, March 15, 2008(5 comments)
ED RENDELL'S HEALTHCARE HOAX (AND THE SINGLE-PAYER SOLUTION)
With Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's Prescription For Pennsylvania all but dead in its original form, his political allies in the State Legislature are intent upon salvaging what they can via an amended bill they hope will pass the Pennsylvania House this Monday, March 17th. Gone is "Cover All Pennsylvanians," a title that was never even remotely remotely appropriate. Ready to replace it is something much worse.
Thursday, November 30, 2006(4 comments)
The Olbermann Juggernaut
Keith Olbermann continues his dramatic climb in the cable news ratings. November numbers are in, and the huge increases continue with no end in sight.
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Time for a change in Pa. 16
Voters in Pennsylvania have an opportunity to vote out a radical right Republican and vote in a common-sense Democrat.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006(2 comments)
Keith Olbermann Can Rest Easy
Many worry that Keith Olbermann's nasty habit of speaking truth to power may subject him to the same fate that befell Phil Donahue, but Olbermann's numbers are surging, and his new "hit" status is likely to provide him with job security for the foreseeable future.
A Ned Lamont Landslide?
Conventional wisdom suggests a close August 8th primary contest in Connecticut where Ned Lamont is challenging Joe Lieberman in what seemed a hopeless insurgent quest for the Democratic Senate nomination only a few short months ago. No longer. Ned Lamont may actually be heading for a lop-sided landslide victory.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
The Leak None Dared Call Treason
The Bush administration is up in arms over disclosure in the New York Times of its surveillance of banking records, even though President Bush and others had previously publicly boasted about the program. Apparently forgotten is a much more dangerous leak two years ago that seriously compromised national security. That story also ran in the Times, and the source was an unidentified official within the Bush administration.