Takeouts: Blue Dogs, Banks and Baseball

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: Julie Mason, White House correspondent for The Washington Examiner, looks at two groups that weren't happy with the Baucus health care bill that just passed the Senate Finance Committee: unions and Blue Dog Democrats.
  • Business Takeout: The big banks release their earnings reports this week. What do the latest third-quarter earnings say about the state of the economy? New York Times finance reporter Louise Story gives us her take.
  • Sports Takeout: The Takeaway's sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin takes a look ahead to the baseball playoff series.

Guests:

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Julie Mason and Louise Story

Comments [2]

Julie Mason

Thanks for your comment, Mr. Ambruster.

President Obama has said he won't support single-payer, so any effort to get a bill creating a single-payer system through Congress is largely symbolic.

The president has said that, in his view, creating a single-payer system would require dismantling such a huge part of the US economy that it would be counterproductive, and he believes it's better to build on the system that exists now.

Oct. 16 2009 08:10 PM
Bill Armbruster

What's the point of so-called health insurance reform if people who get their insurance through their employer can't opt out and get their insurance through a public option?
Also, Julie Mason said "no one's talking about singer-payer." However, there is a bill in the House, the United States National Health Care Act, that would create a single-payer system. It has 85 co-sponsors. Bernie Sanders has introduced similar legislation in the Senate.
Millions of people believe that a single-payer system is the only logical, moral and cost-effective solution to our healthcare crisis. All other industrialized nations have some form of single-payer system. They pay far less on a per capita basis than we do, yet they cover everyone - I repeat everyone.

Oct. 14 2009 09:02 AM

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