2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
When it comes time to pass a final healthcare reform bill, Senate Democrats may need help from Maine’s Olympia Snowe, the only Republican senator thus far to vote for a Democratic proposal. And if they do, that could spell doom for the public option.
Snowe was asked Thursday whether she’d vote for cloture — that is, to end a filibuster — on a bill that includes a provision for a government-run insurer. “I’d say I’m against a public option, so yes,” she replied. Pressed further, “But would [the public option] be enough for you to say, ‘I’m not going to proceed to this bill,” Snowe reportedly nodded as she walked away.
The senator also voiced her opposition to a compromise public option plan that’s been floated, one that would allow individual states to opt out of the federal insurer.
Like it or not, Snowe really may be a pivotal vote. Democrats have made preparations, just in case, to bring a reform bill to the floor using the reconciliation process, which doesn’t allow filibusters, but seem loath to do so. Without Snowe, they’d have to hold every member of the Senate’s Democratic caucus in order to defeat a filibuster, and that could be a very difficult task — Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., appears ready to join with the Republicans on a cloture vote, to say nothing of moderate Democrats like Sens. Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Mary Landrieu and others.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.
On March 21, 2010, the House voted to approve a healthcare bill intended to overhaul the system and guarantee Americans access to health insurance. The vote was 219 to 213. Problem solved? Hardly.