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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-18-13 07:25 AM
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Lawrence O'Donnell, defending firing of the Washington, D.C. insurance commissioner.
To review: Obama thinks Obamacare is great, but fixes the cancelled policies issue by saying he allows the insurers to continue, for one year, issuing the policies that Obamacare had outlawed. (He does not force the insurers to issue them, only allows them to.) However, his caveat is that insurance commissioners may overrule him (Obama) as to substandard policies, if they choose.

Meanwhile, Pelosi says the Republican-initiated bill to allow people to keep so-called substandard policies is a knife in the back of Obamacare.

So, the D.C. Commissioner says he is not going to approve continued issuance of the substandard policies.

Bam. Next day, he's fired.

On this scenario, O'Donnell (on Morning Joe this morning) says "Washington, D.C. is run by Congress. He can't say something like that without checking with the Mayor first."

Well, gee, Larry, wasn't he only doing what he thought his President authorized and might even prefer?

And, everytime anyone tries to say Obama is responsible, we usually get the baloney that every agency of the federal government is "independent" (baloney) and Obama is not a dictator. What if, under the laws of D.C., this insurance commissioner is supposed to be independent, too? What if he is not supposed to check with the Mayor before setting policy.

Oh, First Amendment, Larry. This guy is not supposed to get fired for doing his job.

My guess is that some House Republican put in a call to the Mayor, saying this guy was undermining their Keep your Insurance Policy Bill, but that's sheer speculation on my part.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-18-13 09:24 AM
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1. This is one of the reasons I will no
longer watch Lawrence O'Donnell. He also said, "We have to cut social security." But that was a while ago before he realized what a losing position it was.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-19-13 12:05 PM
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2. This from the man who claims to be a socialist. In addition to that, he's schoolmarmish and boring
I was over his stern lecturing schtick the first time I watched him; and I was willing to like him because I thought he was helping out Olberman. After maybe ten shows, I switched to the "Let's watch paint dry" channel.

At least Schultz meets the "like to have a beer with" test.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-20-13 06:48 AM
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3. Schultz is pro-labor
and pro-middle class. He is the real deal imo. But he is also subject to the whims of General Electric.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-20-13 11:53 AM
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4. I think he is the "realest" of the MSNBC crowd.
And, I get a sense of warmth and humanity from him that I do not get from some of the others.

Oddly, while O'Donnell claims to be a socialist, Ed freely admits he was a Republican "because I wanted to make money."
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