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Fight for the Public Option!

Fight for the Public Option!

The public option is not an essential component of health care reform. That’s the sentiment that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama, and others are putting out, signaling their willingness to compromise on one of the most controversial items in the reform bills currently being debated.

The idea they are floating is that a health insurance exchange — without a public option — will do the trick. So it’s back to the private insurers. But there is no reason to believe that the fight will end there. The rest of the reforms that are designed to protect people with pre-existing conditions, or those who cannot afford coverage, will be attacked. Insurers are happy to court the young and healthy, but they are not interested in helping the sick. The free market system will never work when it comes to health. 

Opponents of health care reform continue to dominate the airwaves, shouting down those who disagree and spreading fear about government intervention in health care. They are gaining the upper hand.

If you are a proponent of comprehensive health care reform, now is the time to make your voice heard. President Obama and Democratic members of Congress were voted into office largely on the platform of real reform — which included a public option. Let’s hold them to it. 

Single-payer? Forget it. Public option? Maybe not. Pretty soon we’ll give up on covering the uninsured or protecting people with pre-existing conditions. On the other hand, maybe we’ll keep the provision that everyone is required to have coverage. Yes, we could even end up in worse shape than when we started. A small bandage on a gaping wound is of little use.

The scariest part of all this is that if we don’t tackle reform now, it’s going to be a very long time before anyone dares try again. This is it, folks.

When all is said and done, we quite possibly could end up with a bill that makes everybody happy. The Democrats will be happy because they managed to pass a bill of some kind. The Republicans will be happy because no real reform was passed.

The big winners will be the insurers, who will continue to deny care and rescind policies from those who need it the most. The losers? You guessed it. Us again.

If you want to see a major overhaul of our current health care system, please sign these petitions: Support Historic Health Bill and We Demand a Public Option. Tell President Obama and Congress why we need comprehensive health care reform NOW.

If you are truly opposed to any form of government-run health care, you’ll want to sign this petition: I Pledge to Deny Myself Medicare for Life!

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9:33PM PST on Feb 16, 2010

I feel the same way, Patti. A health care insider said on the news tonight that premium hikes like the 39% increase Anthem recently called for (and subsequently had to postpone for 2 months) will be the norm. He said that within two years, the health care system will crash and burn because people cannot afford the high premiums and the insurance companies will have to continue hiking the cost to stay in the game.

I'm pretty sure we will get health care reform. I only hope it will be comprehensive this first pass. We cannot afford a package with bandaids.

8:00PM PST on Feb 16, 2010

Be still my beating heart...

12:42PM PST on Feb 16, 2010

The Public Option LIVES!!!!

For months now D.C. insiders and T.V. blowhards have said the public option is dead, but Senator Michael Bennet (CO) just proved them wrong and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Jeff Merkley (OR), and Sherrod Brown (OH) have already stood up to join him.

These four Senate Healthcare Heroes are circulating a letter calling on Majority Leader Reid to use reconciliation to pass healthcare reform with the choice of a public option.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A SAMPLE SCRIPT AND REPORT YOUR CALL
http://act.boldprogressives.org/cms/call/bennet_letter/?source=dfa1

Thanks to your hard work, 120 House Democrats signed and delivered the Polis/Pingree letter to Harry Reid a little over a week ago.

Four Senate Healthcare Heroes saw that leadership and your hard work -- and aren't sitting around and hoping for change -- they're taking the lead and making it happen.

Think of it this way: if this was a football game, House Democrats threw the Senate a Hail Mary pass and these four Senators just caught it. But now, they have to score the touchdown. That means we need to call on other Senators to join them.

So today, members of Democracy for America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, CREDO Action, and MoveOn are calling their Senators and demanding they sign Senator Bennet's Public Option letter too -- and join these Healthcare Heroes in fighting for real reform.

We won't quit until we win.

Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
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4:48PM PDT on Sep 28, 2009

LOL KIM I indeed am , John you make some good and Valid point's I guess My concern is that the rich will never stand for putting in a health care system that doesn't immediately serve them hence the private option, But you are right a program for the poor is a poor program. So it will have to be well funded and even better paneled, by people of the highest moral servitude, with no allowance for the private sector to influence funding all Donations Should be just that an Anonymous check from a PO BOX collected as needed with no names or stipulations allowed keeping both sides clean and free from corruption, Or is that just to Utopian of a thought?

4:08PM PDT on Aug 27, 2009

Right! You're a Canadian. I'm falling off my chair I'm laughing so hard. Give me you're address up there (jim@go2bk.com) so I can send you a hundred bucks.

Jim

12:16PM PDT on Aug 27, 2009

Here's an idea for all you who dream the dream - why not some on up here to Canada and yank some money off the same tree we are using to support our crappy system - oh wait! That comes right out of my own wallet and in Canada - NO MATTER WHAT YOUR INCOME LEVEL IS -YOU PAY INCOME TAX .... so even the poorest of the poor have to pay because we cannot financially pay for the very system you are being offered .... As a middle income earner (50,000) over 50 % of what I bring in goes out -
Be careful America - if it sounds too good to be true rest assured it is ....

12:10PM PDT on Aug 25, 2009

Hi Karrie,

The old axiom goes: There are no atheists in the fox hole. The new axiom is:There are no conservatives without healthcare.

Maybe we ought to stay with private insurance; eventually they'll turn us all into liberals. :^)

Best,

Jim


PS: I am a reformed Rep, circa 1980ish; when Reaganomics (the conservative postulate) proved to be what the elder Bush called "Voodoo Economics." Indeed, it merely resulted in alarming debt and polarized wealth, proving the Trickle-Up, and not Trickle-Down, is what in fact works. My Republican (Reaganist) beliefs at the time proved exactly wrong.

We all live in a vacuum, to a degree; the key is not for it to be air-tight. Kudos to you for your objectivity.

9:38AM PDT on Aug 25, 2009

I am for one getting hammered with emails from people that supports the right winged nuts about this. I am a Christian and I believe in helping your neighbor and thou shall not kill. But these death panels these idiots are pointing out is getting very old and dangerous. I have told a few of my right winged friends to stop emailing crap about the health care bill because there are other issues to deal with. People just can't stop and think and help out each other. I used to be involved with folks like FRC but when they started to attacking left and right this administration with every email and paper mail. My husband and I are wanting to stop their support.
I think the media is doing more harm then good in this also and other agencies that don't want change. My husband is not insuried and I am on medicare and medicate and he can't get on that yet. He can't get on Social Security. He is getting worse in health . We need to work together .

7:33AM PDT on Aug 25, 2009

Sandy C,

"Get rid of the insurance middlemen and let the medical industry deal on a cash basis with weekly sales like the retail world has taught us to enjoy.. "

That's the most ludicrous suggestion I've yet heard in already totally nutty right-wing diversion strategy. You simply have no understanding of market dynamics. The Cola War could fund multimillion dollar ad campaigns because there's huge margin in a carbonated, colored and sweetend can/bottle of water. AND IT'S AN IMPULSE BUY!!!

You think we'll have Trauma Care wars? Healthcare is an impulse buy??? Astonishing; the ideas are getting loopier by the minute.

I can see the point-of-sale advertising now ...

Happy Finger Hour! -- Prostate Exams Only $19.99 from 4 and 6 pm

Mamogram Mondays -- Buy One Tit Exam Get The Second Tit Examed For FREE!

2 Fer Tuesdays -- Get 2 Bone Marrow Transplants for the Price of 1

Jim


5:43AM PDT on Aug 25, 2009

Cash is king in a capitalist society like ours. Why not cancel all the health insurance as illegal gambling with our wealth and think Clunkers thoughts. Yes, Cash for Clunkers was a major hit with the public because we saw a bargain car deal and grabbed it with both hands.

Get rid of the insurance middlemen and let the medical industry deal on a cash basis with weekly sales like the retail world has taught us to enjoy.. Public advertising of the best medical deals would drive the prices down and who knows, perhaps 50% off medical care would knock some sense into the public, too. Because preventive care is the best deal available and most Americans are just too lazy to do the math. I personal invest in herbs and vitamins to avoid getting sick because I not only do not have medical insurance, I really do not want it either. I would much rather stay healthy, thank you.

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