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Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue


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First-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy 2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages



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Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 1, 2009, 11:54 am
2.6 Million New Jobs,$317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

Establishing a national single-payer style healthcare reform system would provide a major stimulus for the U.S. economy by creating 2.6 million new jobs, and infusing $317 billion in new business and public revenues, with another $100 billion in wages into the U.S. economy, according to the findings of a groundbreaking study released today. It may be viewed at CalNurses.org


The number of jobs created by a single-payer system, expanding and upgrading Medicare to cover everyone, parallels almost exactly the total job loss in 2008.

"These dramatic new findings document for the first time that a single payer system could not only solve our healthcare crisis, but also substantially contribute to putting America back to work and assisting the economic recovery," said Geri Jenkins, RN, co-president of the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association, which sponsored the study.

"Through direct and supplemental expenditures, healthcare is already a uniquely dominant force in the U.S. economy," said Don DeMoro, lead author of the study and director of the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, the NNOC/CNA research arm.

"However, so much more is possible. If we were to expand our present Medicare system to cover all Americans, the economic stimulus alone would create an immense engine that would help drive our national economy for decades to come," DeMoro said

Expanding Medicare to include the uninsured, and those on Medicaid or employer-sponsored health plans, and expanding coverage for those with limited Medicare, would have the following immediate impacts:

* Create 2,613,495 million new permanent good-paying jobs (slightly exceeding the number of jobs lost in 2008)--and jobs that are not easily shipped overseas
* Boost the economy with $317 billion in increased business and public revenues
* Add $100 billion in employee compensation
* Infuse public budgets with $44 billion in new tax revenues

Further, moving to the new system comes with an unexpectedly low price tag, given the economic benefits and the far-reaching consequences of genuine healthcare reform, DeMoro noted.

Healthcare for all far less than the Wall Street bailouts

Adding all Americans to an expanded Medicare could be achieved for $63 billion beyond the current $2.1 trillion in direct healthcare spending. The $63 billion is six times less than the federal bailout for CitiGroup, and less than half the federal bailout for AIG. Solely expanding Medicare to cover the 47 million uninsured Americans (as of 2006 data on which the study is based) could be accomplished for $44 billion.

The IHSP projections build from an econometric model of the current face of healthcare – applying economic analysis to a wide array of publicly available data from Medicare, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and other sources.

It is the first known study to provide an econometric analysis of the economic benefits of healthcare to the overall economy, showing how changes in direct healthcare delivery affect all other significant sectors touched by healthcare, and how sweeping healthcare reform can help drive the nation's economic recovery.

Healthcare presently accounts for $2.105 trillion in direct expenditures. But healthcare ripples far beyond doctor's offices and hospitals. Adding in healthcare business purchases of services or supplies and spending by workers, the total impact of healthcare in the economy mushrooms to nearly $6 trillion.

Overall, every direct healthcare dollar creates nearly three additional dollars in the U.S. economy. In current form, healthcare:

* Generates 45 million jobs, directly and in other industries.
* Accounts for 10.5 percent of all U.S. jobs and 12.1 percent of all U.S. wages.
* Totals 9.2 percent of the nation's Gross National Product.
* Contributes about 25 percent of all federal tax revenues. Federal, state, and local taxes from the healthcare sector in 2006 added up to $824 billion.

All those numbers would rise dramatically through comprehensive healthcare reform. But a single-payer system would produce the biggest increase in jobs and wages. The reason, DeMoro said, is that "the broadest economic benefits directly accrue from the actual delivery and provision of healthcare, not the purchase of insurance."

Medicare for all has numerous other benefits, of course, noted Jenkins, from a streamlined system with tens of billions less in private insurance administrative waste, guaranteed choice of physician and hospital, no loss of coverage when unemployed, and no one denied coverage due to age or health status.

"Only a single-payer, expanded Medicare-for-all approach ends the current disgraceful practice of insurance companies refusing to pay for medical treatment or engaging in rampant price gouging that discourages patients from going to the doctor, seeing specialists, or getting diagnostic procedures in a timely manner," said Jenkins.

The IHSP has conducted research for members of Congress and state legislatures as well as NNOC/CNA, and received international renown for research studies on cost and charges in the hospital industry, the pharmaceutical industry, hospital staffing, and other healthcare policy.

Robert Fountain, a frequent economics consultant for the California Public Employees Retirement System (Cal-PERS), served as a consultant on the study.
 

Laura Hovland (129)
Sunday February 1, 2009, 12:52 pm
Thank you Blue!
Anyone interested in supporting this should check out this diary at daily kos, it is long, but the post and comments talk about who the members are contacting and how it is going. Well worth the time to help one decide on the most effective actions that we can take.
We can make this happen, by righting to congress, Obama, news sites, etc.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 1, 2009, 5:00 pm
BBC Panorama: Health
Care in America

This explosive BBC documentary, unlike anything
you'll see on American MSM, shows how bad the healthcare situation is in
America. You'll see a charity originally set up to deliver healthcare to third
world countries, drawing hundreds of clients in Kentucky. The clip
effectively shows the enormous chasm between rich and poor in America. You’ll
see rich Republicans who think our system is the greatest in the world, and who
are fighting to keep the status quo. The political situation is spelled out as
well. The last segment interviews a woman who is getting chemotherapy while
living in a tent - she had to choose between rent or medicine.


Part
2 is here
.
Part 3 is here
. You’ll want to watch all three.
Link to the original BBC
program is here
, but viewers outside the UK can’t see it.

AMERICANS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY IN THE USA ....

Ask yourself why ... who is controlling your broadcast media?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 1, 2009, 10:48 pm

President Obama Wants You to Join the Union
On Friday, President Obama, a onetime organizer, had more words to say about unions, and they were the kind of explicit endorsement that we
literally haven't heard from a president since FDR's day. His stunning declaration of support came at the...
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday February 2, 2009, 10:42 pm
BBC Show on U.S. Health Care Unavailable in USA

There are two things about the show that are worth an alert: (1) The BBC's effectiveness in describing the problems with U.S. health care, and (2) The fact that Americans can't watch it.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday February 2, 2009, 10:44 pm


Action Time for Single Payer Healthcare
John Conyers' H.R. 676 has been reintroduced! It had 93 cosponsors in the last Congress. This week 33 cosponsors signed on. All the latest news,
actions, and insider tips seem to be on this one blog. Please check it out!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 10:56 am
"An Economically Created Health Care Disaster" - Everyone knows that getting the insurance industry out of healthcare
would give you better healthcare delivery and cost you less, but conservatives oppose the plan because...it will save you money.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 10:58 am
BBC Show on U.S. Health Care Unavailable in USA

There are two things about the show that are worth an alert: (1) The BBC's effectiveness in describing the problems with U.S. health care, and (2) The fact that Americans can't watch it.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 7:39 pm
Daschle is done, but the prospects for healthcare reform live on.
 

Amena Ravenwing (187)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 8:18 am
This is an especially dear goal of mine, to see single-payer universal health care in the US.
If people only knew what a difference it would make, on so many levels, this would move much faster. We all need to let Obama know how important it is. And, pray, that whoever he does make Health & Human Svs leader understands this as well and is willing to push hard for it. Thanks, Blue Bunting, for yet another great hot topic.
 

Laura Hovland (129)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 9:28 am
Quentin Young of PNHP, is suggesting Dr. Marcia Angell, for the HHS Secretary position. A former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, who wrote a book on the pharmaceutical industry and is pro-Single Payer, Marcia Angell, M.D. (born 1939) is an American physician, author, and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). She currently is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. Let's bombard the White House with our unified suggestion for HHS Secretrary: Marcia Angell MD.

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Amena Ravenwing (187)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 9:47 am
Marcia Angell sounds like a very good pick. Let us hope she has paid all her taxes.
 

Janet Solomon (231)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 8:55 pm
Halleluia! It's about %&@*# time!
 

Laura Hovland (129)
Thursday February 5, 2009, 8:01 am
It is great that the study shows what we have been talking about for months is true. Single Payer Health care would be a great way to invest in Americas economic recovery. But the fight for taxpayer funded health care, as apposed to taxpayer funded insurance (and lobbying, advertising, multi-million$ salaries, etc) is far from over. Please check out PNHP, HealthCare NOW, 99oh9, California Nurses for Single payer, for more info.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday February 5, 2009, 9:50 am
Laura the "study" referenced in the news article I posted actually is the CALIFORNIA NURSES FOR SINGLE PAYER study ...
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday February 5, 2009, 10:23 am
Call your Senators and ask them why and who took out HEALTH CARE FOR LAYED OFF WORKERS from the Recovery and Reinvestment Act ...

go to http://www.senate.gov/
and click on the FIND YOUR SENATORS at the TOP RIGHT HAND SIDE of the
web page; locate the email address or the web contact form, fill in the
info and send it NOW or make a phone call!
 

Laura Hovland (129)
Thursday February 5, 2009, 11:29 am
Sorry Blue, but I have to disagree with you here. The more we pack into this bill, particularly if it addresses healthcare, the weaker we will be in bargaining for Single Payer. The stimulus bill is providing the republicans with a lot of ammo for further obstructionism. Logistics, ya know. We need to get this hammered out quick, streamlined for efficiency, and then address other, and forgive me for saying it, less pressing issues. The less 'but we already', 'big government!', 'federal deficit', type ammo the republicans have at that time the better.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday February 5, 2009, 1:46 pm
I want a NATIONAL DEBATE .. not the $ame old PUNDIT/REPUBLICON talking points ...

Why aren't there hundreds of economists on my TV explaining the stimulus package?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday February 7, 2009, 3:15 am

New 'Gang of Moderates' Cuts Target Women and Children Again.Disproportionately Affect Women and Children.
Eliminations:
Head Start, Education for the Disadvantaged, School improvement, Child
Nutrition, Firefighters, Transportation Security Administration, Coast
Guard, Prisons, COPS Hiring, Violence Against Women, NASA, NSF, CDS,
Food Stamps, .....

Reductions:

Public Transit $3.4 billion, School Construction $60 billion

The increases the Gang wants? Funds for Brownfields, STAG Grants, transportation, and of course, defense.


UpdateBrad Johnson takes a look at the cuts to green jobs, and Pat Garofalo highlights the cuts to education.
 

Carol W. (119)
Saturday February 7, 2009, 11:50 pm
Thanks Blue, it reads like 'The Never Ending Story'.

Living in England to keep cost down the citizens go to their (Chemist) Pharmacy for Q & A, before they try to make a Dr. appt. Every time the Nurse will say, "Have you talked with your Chemist?"
Also:
Plentiful with the Midwives and personal visits weekly, to keep you out of the Dr.s office.

Codeine is over the counter, medicine is incredibly cheaper seldom needing a prescription.(costly Dr. visit).

Health Care is just common sense, prevention, and medical care at every level.


(That's why I do not accept Hillary's time of 6 months and her entourage of secretaries, etc. was in the 60 number. Why did she even try to implement any part of the German Health Care she so zero'ed in on not brought back for serious legislation?)
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 3:51 pm
I agree, Carol! We lived in British Columbia for a few years and had no trouble at all getting wonderful health care ... and, as you said, over-the-counter drugs ... Canada is smarter than the U$A about alcohol and tobacco, too; they put a "sin tax" on those "drugs" to discourage their use.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday February 8, 2009, 9:25 pm
Naomi Klein says All of Them Must Go:

Watching the crowds in Iceland banging pots and pans until their government fell reminded me of a chant popular in anti-capitalist circles in 2002: "You are Enron. We are Argentina."

Its message was simple enough. You--politicians and CEOs huddled at some trade summit--are like the reckless scamming execs at Enron (of course, we didn't know the half of it). We--the rabble outside--are like the people of Argentina, who, in the midst of an economic crisis eerily similar to our own, took to the street banging pots and pans. They shouted, "¡Que se vayan todos!" ("All of them must go!") and forced out a procession of four presidents in less than three weeks. What made Argentina's 2001-02 uprising unique was that it wasn't directed at a particular political party or even at corruption in the abstract. The target was the dominant economic model--this was the first national revolt against contemporary deregulated capitalism.

It's taken a while, but from Iceland to Latvia, South Korea to Greece, the rest of the world is finally having its ¡Que se vayan todos! moment.

The stoic Icelandic matriarchs beating their pots flat even as their kids ransack the fridge for projectiles (eggs, sure, but yogurt?) echo the tactics made famous in Buenos Aires. So does the collective rage at elites who trashed a once thriving country and thought they could get away with it. As Gudrun Jonsdottir, a 36-year-old Icelandic office worker, put it: "I've just had enough of this whole thing. I don't trust the government, I don't trust the banks, I don't trust the political parties and I don't trust the IMF. We had a good country, and they ruined it."

In other countries, then, people aren't accepting the destruction with resignation, but making it clear out in the streets that they refuse to be victimized any longer. I realize Americans are fearful, but I am more afraid of what will happen if we don't do the same.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 1:40 am

Why Healthcare Can't Wait
The President of SEIU and the Chairman and CEO, of Pfizer: "...we are proud to stand together with President Obama as he reinforces the urgency of health care reform in the State of the Union speech before Congress."
 

Carol W. (119)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 9:33 pm
Blue and Laura you have contributed greatly to this dire subject. Thank you.
I will spend the next few days just absorbing all you've presented, in between working and creating work. (o: Not sure Obama covered this in his talk to the Nation tonight.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 10:31 pm
Carol, you'r eright, President Obam did not cover health care "in detail" ... but he will be calling a "summit" (much like the one on the economy/financial institutions) to bring everyone together to share information, air opinions and find some common ground; we have to GET THIS DONE THIS YEAR or we're facing an economic disaster as a result of people losing their health care and their jobs.
 

Laura Hovland (129)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 10:37 am
You can watch live streaming video of the hearing in congress today here.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 2:04 pm
2.6 Million New Jobs, $317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

First-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy

Establishing a national single-payer style healthcare reform system
would provide a major stimulus for the U.S. economy by creating 2.6
million new jobs, and infusing $317 billion in new business and public
revenues, with another $100 billion in wages into the U.S. economy,
according to the findings of a groundbreaking study released today. It
may be viewed at CalNurses.org.

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday February 25, 2009, 8:46 pm
The Health Care Fight Begins: Obama Budget Creates $634B Health Fund
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday February 27, 2009, 9:28 pm
At Firedoglake: Ian Welsh is explaining the things that a workable "universal" health insurance plan
must have. (I say it still sounds like there's too much administration
and too much, well, insurance industry, in the plan. Let's call for an
NHS!)
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday March 9, 2009, 3:50 pm
Tell Max Baucus he must put single-payer reform back on the table: http://www.change.org/ideas/294/

...eative_figuring
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday March 9, 2009, 5:23 pm
The solution? The United States National Health Insurance Act, H.R. 676. You can read about it here: http://www.healthcare-now.org/hr-676/
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday May 4, 2009, 4:35 pm
Join the March on Washington





Join us in a 'CyberMarch' on Washington on May 30, 2009. We want
Medicare for All -- health care for every American! Sign Up today and
choose your avatar who will go to Washington for you on May 30. Your
avatar will join others to demand that insurance companies be removed
from health care.
The Virtual March on Washington is an important and fun way to show your support for universal single payer health care.Click here to be a part of it!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 8:27 am
It's on your kitchen table

In the past few days, our allies in Congress have made serious gains in health care reform. But one thing is still uncertain - whether we'll see a strong, immediate public health insurance option.

President Obama last week indicated that, in order to keep insurance companies "honest" and reduce costs, we must provide Americans with the option of a public health insurance plan.

Now it's time to convince Congress; and the strongest proof that our current health care system is broken is probably sitting on your kitchen table - your medical bills.

What are you spending on health care? Generate your own medical bill online, and send
it to Congress: http://medbill.seiu.org

Today, the Senate is working on a plan for health care reform. The public health insurance option needs to be a part of it because it does three things:

* Lowers costs for individuals and families by competing side-by-side with private insurance plans
* Sets high standards for quality and accessibility that other plans will strive to meet
* Gives Americans more choice in their coverage by offering an affordable alternative to over-priced plans

Congress needs to understand what we're paying for health care. Use our tool to generate a medical bill and send it to your Senators: http://medbill.seiu.org/

After 80 years, we finally have the solution to this health care crisis in our sights. Thanks for joining us in our summer-long sprint to the finish line.

Thanks,
Dr. L. Toni Lewis
SEIU Healthcare
 

Claudia S. (62)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 9:09 am


It isn't just the lobbyists we have to fight... Another reason single payer was "off the table" from the beginning...

Key Lawmakers in Health-Care Debate Reveal Investments in Health Industry


For anyone interested, I have posted some Tips for Effective Communications with Congress in our Care2 Groupfor working towards single payer. You will find them here:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=12055&pst=1373537

Tell Senator Baucus NO On The Conrad Co-Op Proposal!

Here are toll-free numbers to the congressional switchboard:

* 1-800-828-0498
* 1-800-459-1887
* 1-800-614-2803
* 1-866-340-9281
* 1-866-338-1015
* 1-866-220-0044
* 1-877-851-6437

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 3:12 pm
The opposition to Universal Health Care is like a Medua, Claudia ... every time we slap down one of their silly arguments, ten more pop up -- it's like the Bu$hie$ never left Wa$hington!!!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 7:47 pm

President Obama: Yes, We Can... Pay for Healthcare



President Barack Obama said Saturday he had found more than 300 billion dollars that could help his government make health care available to all Americans.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 23, 2009, 7:37 pm
Ok so what is the update on HR 676? From what I understand single payer is not what Obama and congress are going to give us? It seems even to many of the Dems have lobbyists in the back pocket pulling the chains? Or is this misunderstanding??
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday June 23, 2009, 7:52 pm
Jodi, who decided that "single payer is not what Obama and congress are going to give us" .... get out in the streets ... like the millions in Teheran ... let the Congre$$ know they wont be re$elected if we don't get the $ame health car ebenefit$ that they get ...

let them know

write to them

Write to the President, every day:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Click Here For Contacting Congress State by State.

Look up your members of Congress and call them now:http://my.barackobama.com/callcongress
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 23, 2009, 7:57 pm
Blue I do contact the government believe me I do.

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday June 24, 2009, 3:03 pm
Thank you, Jodi!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday June 25, 2009, 8:21 am
Senate Report Finds Insurers Wrongfully Charged Consumers Billions
24 Jun 2009 Health insurers have forced consumers to pay billions
of dollars in medical bills that the insurers themselves should
have paid, according to a report released today by the staff of
the Senate Commerce Committee. The report was part of a multi-pronged
assault on the credibility of private insurers by Commerce Committee
Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.). It came at a time when
Rockefeller, President Obama and others are seeking to offer a
public alternative to private health plans as part of broad health
reform legislation. Health insurers are doing everything they
can to block the public option.



Public Health Plan Could Save Money Faster: Policy Group
A nationwide health insurance exchange that includes a Medicare-like government option could save $1.8 trillion more than if only private plans are offered, a prominent private U.S. health policy group said on Wednesday.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 25, 2009, 11:21 am
Blue that last one you posted about being wrongfully charged, boy is that the TRUTH!!

My mom said when I was born she had to pay only $300.00 total in doctor bills. That was 1976. When my daughter was born in 2003 we had to $7000.00 dollars in doctor bills and we had insurance!!! *OMG*
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday June 25, 2009, 8:32 pm
Jodi, if anyone gets a really bad disease, the health in$urance company will dump that per$on, too!


Health Care For All : What If ... We Stripped Away the $13 Billion Insurance Company Profits ...


President Obama's health care plan will get rid of exorbitant corporate profits, bloated CEO bonuses, endless denials, and skyrocketing costs while
giving voters more choice and making private insurance companies behave better.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday June 25, 2009, 8:34 pm
Ex-Health Care Industry Executive: We "Dump The Sick"
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday June 26, 2009, 7:32 pm
Health Care Industry Spends $1.4 million a day on health care lobbyists

More than enough to pay for health care for every single American man, woman and child!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 10:56 am

What Did You Sacrifice To Afford Healthcare ?
As a person who was born on the UKs National Health Service,who has been a lifelong recipient of the service,and now works within it,I see that the right wing of the USA, are telling lies about healthcare.Most Americans are going without ..something
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 12:12 pm
RepubliCON Eric Cantor Fails to Explain GOP Health Care Plan on Morning Joe
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 12:12 pm
RepubliCON Eric Cantor Fails to Explain GOP Health Care Plan on Morning Joe
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday June 29, 2009, 7:56 pm
A polite way of saying that Mitch McConnell lied about wait times for surgery in a Canadian hospital.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday June 29, 2009, 8:22 pm
Consumer Reports Debunks Right-Wing Health Care Myths
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday June 29, 2009, 8:34 pm
Avedon Carol had another good post on health care yesterday:

Baucus Regrets Not Including Single-Payer in the Health Care Mix

He conceded that it was a mistake to rule out a fully government-run health system, or a "single-payer plan," not because he supports it but because doing so alienated a large, vocal constituency and left Mr. Obama's proposal of a public health plan to compete with private insurers as the most liberal position.

They really are more stupid than words can convey. I mean, I realize Baucus was more interested in killing single-payer than in getting even a half-decent healthcare bill passed, but, seriously, how old do you have to be to understand haggling? And how could you fail to get the optics in this? (Except that, of course, they didn't dare bring up single-payer, or people would have had to talk about it, and people would have been defending it in public, and then they'd have to explain why they weren't getting it. And I'm not sure Yglesias is right that a single-payer plan couldn't possibly have passed. That public discussion might have made more people aware that their own legislators were standing directly in the way of their own healthcare. There has to be a point at which legislators begin to have nightmares about their heads ending up on pikes.) We really are led by morons.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday June 30, 2009, 10:57 am
Lobbyists Buying Votes?: Special Interests' Impact on Health Care Reform
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday July 2, 2009, 5:50 pm
Republican Senator Jim DeMint Inadvertently Concedes That Public Health Insurance Option Won’t Take Over The Market
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday July 12, 2009, 9:22 pm
Here is a link to the transcript from the most recent episode of "Bill Moyer's Journal" where he interviews Wendell Potter, a former executive at CIGNA who tells all about how lobbyists are spending millions of dollars each day to convince Congress to water-down health care, and who talks about how the goal of insurance companies is to deny coverage as much as possible so that their Wall Street shareholders can see increased profits. Is it any wonder that Congress wants to stall?

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07102009/transcript4.html

You can watch the program if you go here and click on "Watch: Profits Over People"

http://www.pbs.org/video/program/1113570149/

President Obama and every member of Congress should be forced to watch this!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday July 16, 2009, 10:55 pm
AMA backs House heathcare bill.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday July 16, 2009, 10:58 pm
What is so hard about using some logic here????

47 million un insured
20 million under insured
fast food companies and insurance companies making profits hand over fist. Bushes tax cuts for the rich still in effect

Subtract 10 million poor/indigent/mentally ill, etc, who are uninsured and will have to get free care = 37 mill un-insured who can pay.
18.5 million can pay $50/mo = 925,000,000
18.5 mill can pay $100 = $1,850,000,000
20 mill under insured will switch and can pay $100 = 2,000,000,000
That is a grand total of $47,750,000,000

That is FORTY SEVEN BILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS IN PREMIUM PAYMENTS PER YEAR.

That does'nt count the millions who'll switch from private companies if they can pay $100 or 200 per month and have their entire family covered even with pre-existing conditions.

I've also been advocating a 1penny tax on the fastfoods, foods/beverages w/ high fructose cs, and every bottle/glass of alchohol, but in thinking about it more, we should have a 1 penny federal sales tax on EVERY purchase. I can hear the opponents shouting about making the poor poorer, but my statement is 1 cent on each purchase NOT on every dollar or hundred dollars. From candy bars to fruit to big screen tv's to your house. 1 cent on everything. I'm willing to pay $50.01 for my full tank of gas if I can get affordable health care. How about y'all?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday July 16, 2009, 11:02 pm
What is so hard about using some logic here????

47 million un insured
20 million under insured
fast food companies and insurance companies making profits hand over fist. Bushes tax cuts for the rich still in effect

Subtract 10 million poor/indigent/mentally ill, etc, who are uninsured and will have to get free care = 37 mill un-insured who can pay.
18.5 million can pay $50/mo = 925,000,000
18.5 mill can pay $100 = $1,850,000,000
20 mill under insured will switch and can pay $100 = 2,000,000,000
That is a grand total of $47,750,000,000

That is FORTY SEVEN BILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS IN PREMIUM PAYMENTS PER YEAR.

That does'nt count the millions who'll switch from private companies if they can pay $100 or 200 per month and have their entire family covered even with pre-existing conditions.

I've also been advocating a 1penny tax on the fastfoods, foods/beverages w/ high fructose cs, and every bottle/glass of alchohol, but in thinking about it more, we should have a 1 penny federal sales tax on EVERY purchase. I can hear the opponents shouting about making the poor poorer, but my statement is 1 cent on each purchase NOT on every dollar or hundred dollars. From candy bars to fruit to big screen tv's to your house. 1 cent on everything. I'm willing to pay $50.01 for my full tank of gas if I can get affordable health care. How about y'all?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 10:29 am
Amendment to Grant States Right to Implement Single Payer Passes Committee TodayToday witnessed the landmark passage of the States Single Payer Amendment which would remove federal barriers to implementation of a single payer health care system at the state level.


President Obama: Congress Must "Seize This Opportunity" On Health Care (VIDEO)


"This is what the debate in Congress is all about: whether we'll keep talking and tinkering and letting this problem fester as more families and businesses go under and more Americans lose their coverage," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio address
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 11:54 am
READ the Bill and make INTELLIGENT comments about it.. Know what's in the bill for yoursef , don't rely on somebody else's spin. The actual bill text (scroll down to Learn more, then Read bill text):http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=1864
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 11:22 am



FiveThirtyEight: Rumors of the demise of ObamaCare have been greatly exaggerated. But rumors of Jim Demint's constituents losing their health insurance are true
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 8:44 pm
Lobbyists Spend Millions to Influence Health Care 21 Jul 2009 Drugmakers,
hospitals and insurers continued to pour millions of dollars into
lobbying during the second quarter of this year, hoping to limit
the damage to their bottom line as lawmakers and the Obama administration
wrangle over landmark health-care legislation. New disclosure
reports that began arriving Monday in Congress showed familiar
players at the top of the health-care influence heap, including
$6.2 million in lobbying by the dominant Pharmaceutical Research
and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and $4 million by the American
Medical Association.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday July 24, 2009, 7:00 pm
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, told Bloomberg's Al Hunt today that he thinks the odds of passing health care reform this year are "very, very good."

And yet, he keeps tweeting messages that suggest he's not exactly committed to meaningful reform.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday July 24, 2009, 10:34 pm
FINEMAN EXPLAINS GOP HEALTH CARE STRATEGY.... Newsweek's Howard Fineman was on MSNBC's "Countdown" last night, and talked a bit about how the congressional minority is approaching the debate over health care reform. He was a little more candid than usual.

He initially talked about the Republican Party now being run by a new "RNC" -- "Rush, Newt, [Liz] Cheney" -- that is more committed stoking "racial fears and resentments" and talking about "where Barack Obama was born

Fineman added, "I talked to people on the Hill all day today. Talked to Republicans as well as Democrats. Republicans claims they have a plan. They don't. They claim they're going to have a plan. They won't. Their whole strategy ... is to stand on the sidelines with their arms folded while the Democrats try to work this thing out. That's their whole strategy."

He concluded by saying President Obama is "on the right side" of this debate, and the GOP is "on the wrong" side.

This isn't exactly shocking news to those who've been watching the debate unfold, but it was nice to hear it mentioned on the air, especially from a media figure who doesn't often chastise Republicans so candidly.

My only caveat is that Republicans aren't exactly "standing on the sidelines with their arms folded." When it comes to genuine policy work and the heavy lifting of governing, that's clearly true. But when it comes to politics, I suspect Dems would be thrilled if the GOP simply stayed out of the way with their arms folded. Instead, they're churning out a whole lot of lies, misleading the public, and confusing the media.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday July 24, 2009, 11:20 pm

Our friends at Sadly, No! take a look at the actual outcomes between the US and Canada. I don't think it will surprise you to see that the U.S. system doesn't measure up so well
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 27, 2009, 10:08 pm
Blue, my husband just got around to watching the movie "Sicko" and he wants to move to either France or England now! *LOL*
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 28, 2009, 7:07 am
Jodi, wait until you see what they're doing to our food ... Free Screening of Food, Inc. check listings for your city/state:

http://www.chipotle.com/#/flash/fwi_food-inc
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 28, 2009, 7:08 am
From: "Health care system and health care reform in Germany"

http://www.bmg.bund.de/cln_160/nn_1169696/EN/Gesundheit/gesundheit__node.html?__nnn=true


This is the official website of the Ministry of Health and Social Matters in Germany

Quote:

"However, a health care system is not a "normal" market. After all, it places even more importance on care standards and service quality than other sectors do. Here, too, Germany scores high on quite a few counts:

* It is far easier to obtain out-of-hours medical attention here than in most other countries and, very importantly, this is so regardless of income or insurance status.

* Wait times for hospital care ... are shorter here than elsewhere.

Also, no such thing as "Preconditions" exists in Germany!

And

"Universal coverage

From now on, all citizens in Germany will enjoy health insurance coverage. From 1st January 2009, and for the first time in German social history, all residents are obliged to take out health insurance unless they are otherwise covered. Persons who had lost their insurance cover must return to their most recent insurer. This applies to the statutory and the private insurance system alike. "

Addendum: If someone cannot pay for his own health insurance (minimum wages apply), the state pays the premiums. This is a legalized RIGHT for citizens of Germany!

Don't opt for less, Americans! Don't let them tell you, it can't be done - because it can!

If we can, then you can, too. YES, YOU CAN!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 4:52 pm

Health Care Reform : Uninsured Camp Out for Free Health Care


An estimated 3,000 people traveled to Wise, Virginia, to receive free
health, dental and eye care from volunteer doctors, nurses and support workers, who provided the care at their own expense.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 2, 2009, 8:32 pm
If you want the real hard facts on health care, here's the plain and simple truth... studied and researched ... to try and put together a mythbuster, this is more comprehensive than even I would have done. We already have people standing in long lines just to see a doctor, we already have denied/rationed care.

UnitedHealthCare is making record breaking profits and under the guise of The Lewin Group
are advising congress. They actually have health scare talking points like the one about killing granny.http://mediamattersaction.org/factcheck/200907300008

There will only be change when those unaffected are as outraged as those who are.

http://www.wisecountyissues.com/?p=62

More myth debunking is taking place at http://healthcarereformmyths.org, a site maintained by dedicated citizens with nothing to gain but possibly some intellectually honest debate





See also, http://www.pleasecutthecrap.com . Handy reference against the rumors.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 3, 2009, 4:50 pm
Robert Kuttner: Faint PraiseWhy is our health system so massively inefficient? Because it is run by and for private insurers, aided and abetted by for-profit drug companies and hospitals. Even if we insure more people, as President Obama hopes to, a fragmented, profit-oriented system dominated by these interests simply cannot yield the most efficient use of health outlays.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 3, 2009, 5:43 pm

Geithner Hints Dems Will Move Ahead On Health Care Without Republican Support - If They Must


When I think of how much the Bush administration shoved down the country's throat on strictly partisan votes, it makes me crazy when Democrats start talking about being bipartisan. This kind of talk by Tim Geithner on This Week with Geo. Stephanopoulous
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 3, 2009, 11:13 pm
So, thanks to Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Speaker Pelosi says she will bring a vote to the floor on single-payer after the recess. Are you all ready to make those phone calls and write those letters?


Nancy's contact info..http://speaker.house.gov/contact/
Send our speaker an e-mail of encouragement.



 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday August 4, 2009, 3:00 pm
* The Democratic National Committee released a pretty hard-hitting statement this afternoon, slamming Republicans for "inciting angry mobs" or "rabid right-wing extremists."

* On a related note, "Town Halls Gone Wild" continued today in a variety of locations.

* CBS News offers a good example of how not to report on the right-wing harassment strategy.

* Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D) of Texas hasn't changed his mind
at all after his run-in with a right-wing mob: "I am more committed
than ever to win approval of legislation to offer more individual
choice to access affordable health care. An effective public plan is
essential to achieve that goal."

* What's more, Doggett told CNN
today, "I'll tell you, unless more Americans who are suffering under
the insurance companies get out there and express their opinion, write
their letter to the editor, call these talk shows -- if they don't get
their message out the insurance companies will win in September and we
just cannot let that happen."

* HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reminds folks of "the reason we're even having this conversation" about reform in a WaPo op-ed.

* Nice to see Blue Dog Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) have a few unkind words about George W. Bush and health care today.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 1:52 pm
HCAN Playbook For Thwarting Town Hall Protesters
How to deal with the crazy GOPers.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 3:11 pm
Contrary to Steele’s Claim, State Republicans Are Actively Promoting Town Hall Mobs and Violence
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 3:37 pm

VIDEO: Republican Right-Wing Rage Cultivated At McCain-Palin Rallies Being Harnessed To Oppose Obama's Agenda Today


Some attendees admit they don't live in the Congressman's district, so why attend the meeting? The wave of unfounded, anti-Obama hate found legitimacy through the McCain Presidential campaign last year. Republicans are actively supporting the hate...
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 10:33 pm




Tampa Town Hall On Health Care Reform Disrupted By Violence
(VIDEO)


Police officers were called to calm down an unruly crowd outside a health care reform town hall meeting in downtown Tampa, Florida on Thursday evening, according to local news reports.

Angry protesters screamed, yelled and banged on windows as officers hurried to guard the entrances to the facility, where U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was trying to discuss the various health care reform proposals being debated in Congress. One photojournalist said that a fistfight broke out inside the building, reports WTSP.

Many of the hundreds of protesters said that they had been inspired by a conservative activist group promoted by Fox News host Glenn Beck and some received emails from the county Republican party, according to the St. Petersburg Times.....

The Tampa Tribune reports that some protesters carried racist caricatures of President Obama and added details of more fights and scuffles.....
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 6, 2009, 10:44 pm


Republican Teabaggers yell "Kill Your Parents" at Monday's Health Care town hall with Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH)
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 7, 2009, 3:45 am

Right-Wing Turncoat Gives the Inside Scoop on How the GOP Is Screwing Its Healthcare Baby


The GOP is willing to disrupt the health care debate if they can't win it. Yesterday in Tampa, a mob of Glenn Beck supporters nearly caused a riot. The Republican is an uncaring idiot who cares for no one but itself? To hell with the guy in the street!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday August 7, 2009, 1:32 pm
Anti-Reform Group Takes Credit For Helping Gin Up Town Hall Rallies

Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, the operation that’s running a national campaign against a public health care option, is now publicly taking credit for helping gin up the sometimes-rowdy outbursts targeting House Dems at town hall meetings around the country, raising questions about their
spontaneity.

CPR is the group headed by controversial former hospitals exec Rick Scott that’s spending millions on ads attacking reform in all sorts of lurid ways, a campaign that’s being handled by the same P.R. mavens behind the Swift Boat Vets.

In response to my questions, a spokesman for the group confirmed that it has undertaken a concerted effort to get people out to the town hall meetings to protest reform. The spokesperson, Brian Burgess,
confirmed that CPR is emailing out “town hall alert” flyers, and schedules of town hall meetings, to its mailing list.

These efforts — combined with CPR’s effort to enlist Tea Party-ers, as reported yesterday by TPM — provide a glimpse into the ways anti-reform groups are trying to create a sense of public momentum in their favor.

CPR spokesman Burgess confirmed that the group had set up a list serv designed to reach out to “third party groups” involved in the health care fight, including the Tea Party activists. And in a statement emailed to me, Scott, who was ousted as a health-care exec amid a 1990s fraud probe, took credit for the town hall showings.

“We have invested a lot of time, energy and resources into educating Americans over the past several months about the dangers of government-run health care and I think we’re seeing some of the fruits of that campaign,” Scott said, though he claimed outrage was spontaneous.

Similarly, America’s Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP, the insurance industry group, has stationed employees in 30 states to track local town hall events.

The question is whether these uprisings are actually helpful to the anti-reform cause, or whether their raucus agitprop will work againt them. Dems have blasted out to reporters examples of protestors harrassing House Dems.

“The more you dig the more you learn that this is a carefully orchestrated effort by special interest lobbyists and the Republican Party, who are using fringe elements on the right to protect insurance company profits and defeat health care reform,” said House Dem leadership aide Doug Thornell. “The anger at these events looks very similar to what we saw at McCain/Palin rallies in the fall.”

****************************************

Update: The White House attacks CPR for manufacturing anger.

This blog’s homepage is here.

Posted by Greg Sargent | 08/04/2009, 12:12 PM EST | Categories: House Dems, health care, political advertising
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 7, 2009, 2:43 pm
OMG!! Our country has gone freakin crazy!!! There are web sites out there devoted to helping these people learn HOW to disrupt these town hall meeting, by shouting and being aggressive.....it is SSOOOOOO SICKENING!!!!
Half these idiots at these rallies are on Medicare and Don't even realize that IT IS a govt. run form health care etc etc.....
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 8, 2009, 12:55 pm
Jodi, tho$e are the $ame idiot$ who $old us their 2 illegal war$ ... they voted for Bu$h twice and looked the other way when confronted with TORTURE; they killed 5,000+ Americans and over a million Iraqis ... the$e are the $ame $elfi$h creep$.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 9, 2009, 3:15 pm
I heard that this morning on MTP, Gingrich asked Palin, Romney and Huckabee to join him in supporting the next republican grass roots initiative…in an effort to prove conservatives mean what they say, he wants all seniors and vets to renounce medicare, social security and VA benefits. Gingrich says we have to walk the talk. When a befuddled Stephanopoulis said, really? Gingrich said yes, we have to show the left that we don’t need ANY government help. American seniors and vets are strong people, they’ll find a way to get along without these socialist services.

Let's see if the Right is willing to walk the walk and give up their "socialist" programs.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 10, 2009, 11:52 am
Wherever there's a RepubliCON angry mob ... alway$ follow the money ...

Coal Lobby’s ‘Purest Form Of Grassroots’ Delivered By GOP Voter Fraud Company

Paid staff will both call people already on the group’s list and talk to other people at public events, asking them if they want information or T-shirts or would be interested in asking a question at a town hall meeting. “This is the purest form of grassroots,” Lucas said. “It’s facilitating constituents to talk one-on-one with members of Congress.

The new project will use 225,000 volunteers dubbed “America’s Power Army.” They will visit town hall meetings, fairs and other functions attended by members of Congress and ask misleading questions about energy policy.

Anti-Reform Group Takes Credit For Helping Gin Up Town Hall Rallies
Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, the operation that’s running a national campaign against a public health care option, is now publicly taking credit for helping gin up the sometimes-rowdy outbursts targeting House Dems at town hall meetings around the country, raising questions about their spontaneity.

CPR is the group headed by controversial former hospitals exec Rick Scott that’s spending millions on ads attacking reform in all sorts of lurid ways, a campaign that’s being handled by the same P.R. mavens behind the Swift Boat Vets.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 10, 2009, 3:44 pm

Health Insurance Reform Reality Check


Get the facts about the stability and security you get from health
insurance reform instead of listening to industry and right wing hype.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 10, 2009, 6:30 pm

$1.2 TRILLION WASTED : The 6 Biggest Ways Our Health Care System Throws Away Money


More than $1.2 trillion spent on health care each year is a waste of money. That's half of the $2.2 trillion the USA spends on health care each year, according to the most recent data from accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 9:52 am
Whistleblower: Insurance firms behind town hall disruptions
Man arrested at Obama event had loaded gunHeld in police custody; was also carrying pocket knife...
Stewart recalls conservative attacks on anti-war protesters
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 10:54 am
Chris Matthews had on the Ron Paul supporter who showed up with a handgun to the New Hampshire town hall on health care led by President Obama. On Hardball yesterday, he really
laid into the man -- a Kramer lookalike named William Kostric -- with some tough questions about just what the hell he hoped to accomplish:

Matthews: Why did you bring a gun to a meeting with the President of the United States, given the violent history of this country with regard to presidents and assassinations? Why did you bring a gun to a public event with the president? You know the history of this country. If you love this country and its history, you know we've had a problem with people with guns and presidential events. Why did you bring a gun to an event with the president?

... OK, you brought a sign that says, 'The tree of liberty has to be watered with the blood of tyrants,' and you're carrying a goddamn gun at a presidential event. I think those things make people wonder what you're about.

Matthews gets to the core point eventually:

Matthews: I'm gonna ask you: What do you bring to this discussion about health care? By bringing a gun, and that sign that you quote Jefferson from, what does that bring to a debate that this country's engaged in -- and we're looking at your gun right now, and your sign on there -- what did you -- and it's loaded, you pointed that out -- what are you doing to help this debate?

The best that Kostric can do is babble incoherently -- rather Kramerlike, actually -- about "showing the other end of it" so you can "pull people in your direction." He manages to finally blurt out that he actually thinks everyone would have been safer at the Town Hall event if everyone there had been packing heat.

Of course, that begs the questions of whether President Obama would have been safer, doesn't it?

Especially with crackpots like this in the crowd.

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 2:54 pm

Professor Stephen Hawking Enters U.S. Health Care Debate

"I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the National Health Service," he told The Guardian. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 3:14 pm

Professor Stephen Hawking Enters U.S. Health Care Debate
"I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the National Health Service," he told The Guardian. "I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 1:37 pm
* After all the fuss about every lawmaker reading every word of the health care bill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) of Kentucky opposes reform despite not having read the legislation.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 2:18 pm
Froomkin on the week's Cheney-related revelations: "Indeed, it's worth pointing out that pretty much anytime we find out something new about the Bush era, the result is profound, consistent vindication for all the central pillars of the Bush critique chronicled in my washingtonpost.com column and elsewhere over the years. But here's the thing. I'm getting oddly little satisfaction from this -- because I'm increasingly troubled about this presidency. At the heart of all the tragedies of the Bush years was the White House's fundamental untrustworthiness. They didn't tell us the truth. And sometimes -- more often than we still want to believe -- they flat-out lied to us. Lack of transparency was also a fatal flaw. When people can't see into the White House (and the people inside don't want to look out) bad things happen. As they surely did."
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 2:21 pm
The brutal truth about America's healthcare vs Stephen Hawking, who said, "I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.." And a student who suddenly found himself unable to move and had to be supported by his wife would not have been able to get that sort of care in the United States at all, let alone be kept alive and allowed the time to think that made it possible for him to become *the* Stephen Hawking.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 4:35 pm
WHITE HOUSE STILL BACKS PUBLIC OPTION
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 17, 2009, 11:09 am
Krugman: All That Stands In Way Of Universal Health Care Is Greed, Lies And Gullibility

Howard Dean On Public Option: "You Can't Really Do Health Reform Without It"
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 2:53 pm
BE THERE ... 9/12/2009 in D.C.


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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 11:05 am

"Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter? Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America."

Whole Foods CEO, John Mackey in arecent Wall Street Journal op-ed on health care.

Whole Foods Backlash & Boycott: Bloggers Outraged Over CEO's Anti-'ObamaCare' Column
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 27, 2009, 9:51 am
McCain jokes about taking hundreds of thousands from healthcare lobby
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 31, 2009, 2:23 pm

Republican Rep: We'll Repeal Health Care Reform If It Passes
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 10:29 am

Who Will Be Hurt if the Democrats Pass Health Care Alone
If the Democrats pass the health care bill, and are able to do it with a public option, the Republicans will have once again put themselves on the opposing side of groundbreaking legislation.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 5:53 pm
When it comes to healthcare, there is no lie a conservative will not tell.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 7:27 pm
PUBLIC OPTION WATCH.... Under the circumstances, the chances of passing a health care reform bill with a public option in the Senate will hinge on a dozen or so senators, whose support will make or break the provision. As of last week, two of the 59 senators in the Democratic caucus -- Lieberman and Landrieu -- were definite (or near-definite) opponents of a public option.

This week, the on-the-fence senators are clarifying matters a little further. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) or Arkansas, who just found out she's facing a credible, top-tier conservative Republican opponent next year, now opposes a public option.


"For some in my caucus, when they talk about a public option they're talking about another entitlement program, and we can't afford that right now as a nation," Lincoln said in a speech to the Elder Law Task Force at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Lincoln has said previously she would support whatever health care plan worked, but she indicated Tuesday that a plan including an expensive, government-funded health insurance program would not get her vote.

"I'm not going to vote for a bill that's not deficit-neutral, and I'm not going to vote for a bill that doesn't do something about curbing the cost in the out years, because it would be pointless

... I would not support a solely government-funded public option. We can't afford that," Lincoln told reporters before her speech.


This might be a good time to note that bloggers seem to be the only people in the country who realize that a public option would be cheaper than the alternative. If Lincoln is concerned about what "we can afford," she should be an enthusiastic champion of the public option. I suspect she knows this, but doesn't quite have the courage to explain this to her enraged constituents.

Other than Lincoln, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) seems iffy on the public option, though her in-state colleague, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), is an ardent supporter of the policy.

Sen. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) was considered a "maybe," but he's
making it clear he's a "yes" on the public option. David Sirota argues that this is the result of a credible primary challenger, and I think that's absolutely correct.

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has said he supports a public option, but as of yesterday, he's no longer willing to say whether he backs the measure or not. This probably isn't a good sign.

And then there's Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who offered a muddled position on a public option late last week. Yesterday, Reid's office clarified matters, explaining that the Majority Leader envisions a public option that would be administered in part by private entities, though the HHS would still set the policies.

Of course, there's one point that's always worth emphasizing when this comes up. It matters whether these senators support a public option, but it matters just as much whether these senators would also support a filibuster of a reform package that includes a public option. It's one thing to oppose the policy; it's another to vote with Republicans and prevent the Senate from even voting on the reform package at all.
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Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday September 3, 2009, 9:44 pm
Why Health Insurance Reform Will Pass This Fall -- It's the High Political Ground

Health insurance reform represents the high political ground for four major reasons:

1). Most Americans - including swing voters - can't stand the health insurance industry. As Congress reconvenes, the Administration and its allies will unleash a major drive to correctly define the battle as a contest between the interests of private health insurance companies and ordinary Americans. Health Care for America Now (HCAN), the big coalition of progressive organizations and Labor, will put it this way: If the insurance companies win, you lose. ....

2). The Obama Administration will use every ounce of its political capital to win this battle. The President and his top advisors understand that -- when it comes to health care -- failure is simply not an option. They know that defeat on health care would be a huge blow to the President's ability to pass his entire agenda and his own standing with the voters. People follow successful leaders - not those who fail.

As a result, the President will use every bit of his charm, his persuasive ability and the formidable powers of the Presidency to secure the votes to win.

And make no mistake. While Barack Obama would prefer a bi-partisan bill passed through the regular order with broad consensus, he has an iron will and will pass a bill by one vote using special budget procedures if that is necessary to win. He is a huge fan of Lincoln's Team of Rivals, but in matters of legislation his model is Lyndon Johnson.

Anyone who doubts the strength of his resolve - or his resourcefulness - doesn't yet understand Barack Obama.

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