Tho’ a decidedly mixed bag, Health Insurance Reform has passed in the House by a vote of 219-212, with Republicans unanimously in opposition (even with the damn cave-in on women’s right to choose … in any meaningful sense of the expression). Jubilation is a little strong, but I am glad that it appears that some kind of change is happening!
Our friend PaulaLR visited last night and watched some b-ball with us. By the chiminea, early-on, we were debating various issues and she tipped us off to this excellent piece of work put out by Pro Publica – a side-by-side comparison of the Senate Bill passed in December and the current House Bill. You can click through, using the arrows, and go from change to change … to change.
Here is a run down of Democrats who took a big risk and could lose their seats after voting for the bill … according to Politico. Here’s the state-by-state vote … where you can also find the 34 Democrats who went with the GOP.
And who knew that there is a burgeoning “Coffee Party” movement afoot? Their tagline? “Wake up and stand up!” Oh, and you can join up … on Facebook, where the group is, as of this writing,177,500 strong (including their newest fan, JordanCornblog)!
What a fortuitous launch day, too – 3/13/10 (Alice’s Birthday)!
In the world of b-ball, it was a day of upsets in both the men’s and the women’s brackets. Here are our men’s standings, as of the Sweet 16!
There’s a MAJOR caveat, as you look at these … many of those who appear to be at the bottom of the heap at the moment are the only teams with contenders left “alive” for the upcoming rounds. Folks like jordancornblog are going to plummet shortly … while folks like jsperber and pliny925 still have the potential to pick up lots of points. And of course we are all waiting for Mo to make his move … so stay tuned …
Meanwhile, the women start their second round tonight!