Wednesday, September 30, 2009

30 Sep 2009: Today's Democracy Now!

Insurance Industry Whistleblower Wendell Potter Blasts Senate Panel Rejection of Public Insurance Option
Efforts to create a government-run health insurance plan were dealt a setback Tuesday after the Senate Finance Committee rejected a pair of amendments to create a public option. Both amendments were defeated when a group of Democrats, including Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus, joined with Republicans to oppose the public option. We speak with Wendell Potter, the former chief spokesperson at CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest private insurers, and now one of the health insurance industry’s most prominent whistleblowers. [includes rush transcript]

Dr. Cornel West Releases Long-Awaited Memoir, "Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud"
Dr. Cornel West, the celebrated Princeton University professor of religion and African American studies, has just come out with his long-awaited memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. In it, he writes, “Until now, I’ve never taken the time to focus on the inner dynamics of my soul.” In a wide-ranging conversation, we speak to Dr. West about his upbringing, public healthcare, post-election disappointment, the role of music in his life, his spat with former Harvard president and current White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers, and more.

Headlines


Senate Panel Votes Against Public Insurance Option
17 Arrested at Insurance Company Offices
US to Withdraw 4,000 Troops from Iraq
Obama Receives NATO Backing on Afghan Occupation
Judge Defends Gaza Inquiry Alleging Israeli War Crimes
State Dept.: US Diplomat Held Talks with Cuba
100 Killed in South Pacific Tsunami
Guinea Toll Approaches 160 in Military Attack on Protest
2 US Soldiers Killed in Philippines
Afghan Immigrant Pleads Not Guilty to Bombing Plot
Court Dismisses Rather Suit Against CBS
Farm Workers Reach Deal Boosting Tomato Prices, Labor Standards


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