If this is “Obamacare”, please, sir, may I have another?

Great catch by Jonathon Cohn yesterday. The FDA is pulling its approval of a drug called Avastin for use in treating late-stage breast cancer citing an increase in heart failure in patients using it along with other negative side effects.

Conservatives are calling it Obamacare death panel rationing.

[D]uring the debate over the Affordable Care Act,…conservative critics claimed that the initiative would create “death panels” charged with making decisions to stop treatments for people deemed too old to save. Now it’s happening again in the wake of a controversial regulatory ruling about a cancer drug.

The drug is Avastin, manufactured by Genentech.

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Dept of Health & Human Services buys "Obamacare"

Dept of Health & Human Services buys “Obamacare”

This is AWESOME!. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has invested some money in a Google AdWords campaign using the word “ObamaCare”. As Dangerous Servant points out:

What that means is that the administration has invested dollars in a Google AdWords campaign to pay for Healthcare.gov to appear in search results for “obamacare.”

It looks like this:
Bigger version HERE.

Absolutely brilliant. If ya can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

I’m just sayin’…
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Republicans hate organized labor

File this in the “Are you effing kidding me???!” file:

Republicans Go ‘Nah, Nah, Nah’ and Ban Word ‘Labor’ from Committee

Petty. Petty. Petty. With major issues like jobs and the economy straining for attention, House Republican leaders took a big step to solving the nation’s problems when they boldly acted—drum roll, please—to change the name of the Education and Labor Committee to the Education and Workforce Committee.

Give me a bleedin’ break. They so hate the word “labor” because after all, it’s often followed by the word “union.” OMG!

The Washington Wire has more:

For years, the committee was called Education and Labor.…
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Press secretary Robert Gibbs resigning

Wow. I didn’t see this coming:

Robert Gibbs told White House staffers Wednesday that he is leaving his post as President Obama’s press secretary, ending a two-year tenure that made him the face of the White House as he sparred with reporters and defended administration policies…

According to three Democrats with White House knowledge, Gibbs in recent weeks had been exploring the possibility of leaving the White House, perhaps to set up his own consulting shop and play a leading role in the 2012 campaign.

I’m just sayin’……

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Will YOU fight the repeal of health insurance reform?

Battle lines are being drawn. Republicans have a bill ready to go called Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act that will be introduced next week. They aren’t talking about fixing things. They are talking about dismantling things. And, screw the deficit. They have even exempted the repeal of health insurance reform from their own requirements that any new laws are paid for.

Which side of the battle will YOU be on?

The heavy-hitters on both sides of the issue are getting their battle plans ready.

IN THIII-IIIS CORNER! we have Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. These astroturfed, corporate-backed groups will continue their intensive and well-funded efforts to completely repeal (replace, my ass) what the derisively call “Obamacare” and “the Big Government takeover of health care”.…

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GOPocrisy in plain view

Maybe the Republicans think we’ll just get numb and desensitized to their rampant GOPocrisy and start pretending it doesn’t exist. Check this out. They aren’t the least bit subtle about it. After spending two years preventing literally hundreds of President Obama’s nominations to key administration and judicial posts from being filled, we get this:

Republicans, after two years of criticism from the White House for blocking government appointments, have started to complain that the Obama administration is failing to fill senior financial and economic jobs…

Richard Shelby, the senior Republican on the Senate banking committee, said: “The president’s failure to nominate qualified individuals to lead these agencies has created even more economic uncertainty at a time when we can least afford it.”

The best response to this came from an unnamed “senior administration official”:

It’s like the arsonist complaining that the building sprinklers weren’t working properly.…
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The GOPocrisy, it burns

Via Think Progress:

[D]espite spending the past year and a half railing against government healthcare, just five Republican members of the 112th Congress have been willing to forgo their own government healthcare coverage, which is provided to them as federal employees. Rep.-elect Joe Walsh (R-IL) is one of those Republicans…

Asked tonight about Walsh’s suggestion that it’s hypocritical for GOP congressmen fighting Obama’s health law to keep their own government coverage, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) didn’t seem to disagree.

BLITZER: [H]e thinks to accept the federal government’s health insurance program would be hypocritical, do you accept the federal government’s health insurance program for yourself

KING: Well, I’m on it now, like other federal employees are –

BLITZER: Will you stay on it?

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I probably give these idiots more attention than they deserve but I just HAD to share this latest piece of hilarity from Judson Phillips at the Tea Party Nation. It’s titled “Why Not?” (membership req’d.)

At Tea Party Nation, we have made it a goal of the Tea Party movement to take over the Republican Party and return it to its conservative roots. ~SNIP~

Recently, on Tea Party Nation, we have been talking about people becoming precinct committeemen to get into the party and influence the GOP back to its conservative roots. As the discussion worked it’s was along, someone asked the obvious question.

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Pop quiz

Alright, Eclectafolks, pop quiz time!

What do “Toot Sweets” and revolving license plates have in common?

Answer in the comments.

I’m just sayin’……

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Republicans hate safe water

The Obama administration is moving toward bring disclosure into the sordid business of fracking so that people know what chemicals are being used and which may eventually end up in their water supply. But Republicans are aghast – aghast I say! – that this action may cut into corporate profits.

In December, Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar held public hearings on the issue of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to increase the output of natural gas wells.

NRDC’s Executive Director, Peter Lehner, participated on a panel and highlighted critical issues: some locations that are too sensitive, and where the environmental risks are too high, should be off limits; wherever there is drilling, comprehensive best management practices should be required; and renewable energy and energy efficiency must be a critical part of our energy plan.…
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Republicans hate safe food

A landmark piece of legislation passed during the lame duck session that puts more regulations in place to guard our country’s food supply than any law in many decades.

And the GOP is going to try to make sure the food safety law doesn’t get funded.

The legislation would greatly strengthen the regulatory hand of the Food and Drug Administration, giving it new authority to order mandatory recalls and to require importers to show that the food they get from foreign suppliers is safe. Kathleen Sebelius, Mr. Obama’s health secretary, told reporters in a conference call set up by the White House on Monday that the idea is for “sea bass from Chile’’ to meet the same safety standards “as lobster that we get out of the shores of Maine.’’

The bill, which has the backing of food-safety advocates and industry groups, passed the Senate with considerable bipartisan support.

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Eclectablog, now with DISQUS commenting!

Just a quick update to let you know that I have switched over from the old Blogger commenting system to Disqus. You don’t have to but you can sign up for a quick and easy (and FREE!) Disqus account. This will allow you to track your commenting on any Disqus comment-containing blog.

I’m currently importing comments from the Blogger system but it may take a day or so for all of them to come over. Comment import is done and appears to have worked.

If you have any problems, please give me a jingle. Email is under the “Contact” link at the upper right-hand side of the blog under my logo.…

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