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Health Insurance Reform Reality Check


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Rebecca
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Get the facts about the stability and security you get from health insurance reform instead of listening to industry and right wing hype. Still know that SINGLE PAYER IS A BETTER OPTION!!!



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Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 10, 2009, 3:39 pm
Thank you, Rebecca, for getting this posted so fast; I just heard about it on the news and got the notice from David Axelrod in email.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 10, 2009, 3:46 pm
You Do Not Have Health Insurance


http://www.truthout.org/080709A?n

The Baseline Scenario: "Right now, it appears that the biggest barrier to health care reform is people who think that it will hurt them. According to a New York Times poll, '69 percent of respondents in the poll said they were concerned that the quality of their own care would decline if the government created a program that covers everyone.'

Since most Americans currently have health insurance, they see reform as a poverty program - something that helps poor people and hurts them.

If that's what you think, then this post is for you. You do not have health insurance.

Let me repeat that. You do not have health insurance. (Unless you are over 65, in which case you do have health insurance. I'll come back to that later.)"




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.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Monday August 10, 2009, 4:32 pm
Thanks, Rebecca. We need the FACTS.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 10, 2009, 6:29 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)
Monday August 10, 2009, 7:57 pm

Health Care Reform: 450,000 Doctors Can't Be Wrong


The U.S. has a catastrophically fragmented health care system that provides
incentives for sick care instead of prevention. The system is in dire need of reform -- reform to save lives, to save families and money for patients and the health care system.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 9:54 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, 1:35 pm
Republican Senator Grassley Endorses "Death Panel" Rumor/Lie: "You Have Every Right To Fear"
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 2:06 pm
STOP PRETENDING GRASSLEY IS SERIOUS ABOUT REFORM.... Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with the leading Republican lawmaker negotiating a "compromise" on health care reform...... Grassley isn't serious about reform. Not at all. Seriously. He's proven this again and again. It's time to stop trying. Grassley will only let down reform advocates in the end.

Update: Joe Klein on Grassley's comments:
"[H]e either (a) hasn't the vaguest notion of what's in the bill or (b) he is so intimidated by the ditto-head-brown-shirts that he is trying to fudge a response to keep them happy. Either way, he should be ashamed. And once has to wonder about the fate of the Senate Finance Committee deliberations if this is what the Administration is dealing with."

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Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 2:31 pm
Obama-Nazi Sign Made By Ill Woman On Medicare

Outside, the gathering verged on a street brawl. The opposing forces lined up like screaming armies on either side of the street, about 1,000 people a side. Diane Campbell of Kingston, N.H., held a sign with Mr. Obama's face superimposed on a Nazi storm trooper, a sign, she said, that was made by her chronically ill mother.

Her mother's hereditary autoimmune disease is treated with expensive transfusions of gamma globulin, paid for by Medicare. Her sister, Louise, was born with no arms and one leg, and is also covered by Medicare, the government-run, health-insurance program for the elderly and disabled.

Read the whole story: Wall Street Journal
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 12, 2009, 2:58 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, 1:36 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, 12:53 pm
The argument over which system is better at this point is like arguing whether or not global warming is real and human caused. Everyone knows the answer, but some people can turn a profit by denying it.


Who, in the eyes of Canadians, is THE most popular Canadian? Tommy Douglas, the father of the Canadian Medicare System. Watch this video.


http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1463312787?bctid=1463302784


(Also posted at www.lftwings.org.)

Remember, Canada didn't get UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE all at once; it happened Province by Province nd the government could no longer deny Canadians the health care they demanded.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 2:29 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, 4:32 pm
WHITE HOUSE STILL BACKS PUBLIC OPTION
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 17, 2009, 11:08 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)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 5:32 pm
WATCH: Man Who Brought Assault Rifle To Obama Rally Was Part Of Radio Stunt

The man with the semi-automatic (referred to in interviews as "Chris," no last name) was spotted at the protest by CNN news cameras, in the middle of a Q&A. Today, his interviewer -- Ernest Hancock of conservative talk radio show Declare Your Independence With Ernest Hancock -- went on CNN and explained to host Rick Sanchez that he and Chris were actually in the middle of a radio broadcast. Hancock, also packing heat at the rally, had invited Chris to come down the protest with his rifle to be interviewed. The two men had known each other for two years, through their work for presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

During the segment on CNN, Rick Sanchez said, "the more we look into this, the more it appears that it was really planned." Hancock concurred: "Oh, it's more planned than you think." In addition to scheduling the interview, Hancock had also informed the local police force.

As the interview continued, Rick Sanchez loudly exclaimed, "This was a publicity stunt!"

"Oh absolutely," Hancock responded.

Sanchez pushed on, "isn't there something terribly disingenuous about putting people on like that? And isn't there also something a little bit... dangerous about playing these kinda games--"

"Oh, it's not a game," Chris interjected.

"---with what I imagine is a loaded weapon," Sanchez continued.....

Chris is also featured in a YouTube video produced by the libertarian group Freedom's Phoenix. In this video he expounds further on his right to bear arms. He also explains that he is "absolutely totally against health care... health care in this way, in this manner, stealing it from people. I don't think that's appropriate."
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 2:57 pm
BE THERE ... 9/12/2009 in D.C.


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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 10:41 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, 8:28 am
McCain Evicts Angry Woman From Town Hall
 

Marion Y. (322)
Thursday August 27, 2009, 8:37 am
Was the angry woman for or against health care reform? McCain is worthless and that audience knew it. He works in lockstep with the Party of NO...
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 27, 2009, 8:42 am
Some of them kept SHOUTING at McCain when he stuck up for President Obama and said our President supports and respects our Constitution ... McCain wasn't on ALL of the "right wingnut" talking points so they booed him regularly ... he got to a point where he said (paraphrasing) "there will be no shouting at my Town Hall [meeting]) ... after that ...one of the shouters got escorted out ... they seemed to calm down and understood McCain wasn't going to put up with their nonsen$e.

Read the article; you won't be sorry.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday August 27, 2009, 8:43 am
Marion, did you know that's a "live link" and you can click on that headline?
 

Marion Y. (322)
Thursday August 27, 2009, 8:47 am
Thanks Blue. I had read the article but missed that he was supporting Obama. Good for McCain. However, I still don't trust him. He is not supporting health care reform as laid out by O. McCain wants to keep in career in tact.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 31, 2009, 2:25 pm

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

Marion Y. (322)
Monday August 31, 2009, 2:30 pm
"Republican Rep: We'll Repeal Health Care Reform If It Passes"

Good luck with that. Once Americans have health care reform, they will fight to keep it like pit bulls.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday August 31, 2009, 2:32 pm
Marion, it's time to repeal tho$e tax break$ Bu$h gave RepubliCON$.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Monday August 31, 2009, 3:44 pm
Blue...I understand Obama is going to repeal those tax breaks soon.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 5:55 pm
When it comes to healthcare, there is no lie a conservative will not tell.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 7:08 pm
The Republicancare elephant in the room: Obamacare or Republicancare

"Things are looking more than a little bleak for President Barack Obama’s health care reform initiative: polls show public support dropping, increasing numbers of people profess to be confused by the issue, the GOP stands emboldened in opposition as right wing talking points predominate in the media and “centrist” Democrats, true to form, cause endless mischief.

So the question of the day becomes: what can Obama do about it? And one of the most popular answers is that he needs to be more specific. One can hardly expect people to rally around a reform proposal, the outlines of which remain maddeningly vague, proponents of this view argue.

And there’s a lot to be said for this point (which appears to be gaining some traction inside the White House). One downside to Obama’s desire to stay above the nitty-gritty of the debate — leaving the details for Congress — has been that it’s left him without a clear vision to communicate to the American people. At times he’s seemed downright wishy-washy: “We need the public option unless we don’t need the public option,” and so on. Not exactly awe-inspiring rhetoric from a guy known for his awe-inspiring rhetoric.

But, for what it’s worth, I don’t think the biggest problem with the Democrats’ approach to the health care debate has been their failure to adequately highlight what they themselves are proposing. No, their greatest screw up has been the failure to adequately highlight what the other side isn’t proposing — because, at the end of the day, the Republicans aren’t proposing diddly-squat.

We hear derisive references to “Obamacare” from Republicans all the time. The question that needs be asked is: So then what exactly is Republicancare? Because the answer, of course, is that they are proposing nothing — nothing that is other than more of the same.

Here, in fact, is precisely what Republicancare means:

1. Tens of millions of Americans — currently standing at 46 million – uninsured;

2. You lose your job, you
 

Marion Y. (322)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 7:08 pm
(continued)

2. You lose your job, you
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 7:11 pm
Marion, President Obama meets with AFL-CIO 2 days before he addresses a joint session of Congre$$.

My fingers and toes are crosssed .....
 

Marion Y. (322)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 7:11 pm
I'll try this again...

The Republicancare elephant in the room: Obamacare or Republicancare

Things are looking more than a little bleak for President Barack Obama’s health care reform initiative: polls show public support dropping, increasing numbers of people profess to be confused by the issue, the GOP stands emboldened in opposition as right wing talking points predominate in the media and “centrist” Democrats, true to form, cause endless mischief.

So the question of the day becomes: what can Obama do about it? And one of the most popular answers is that he needs to be more specific. One can hardly expect people to rally around a reform proposal, the outlines of which remain maddeningly vague, proponents of this view argue.

And there’s a lot to be said for this point (which appears to be gaining some traction inside the White House). One downside to Obama’s desire to stay above the nitty-gritty of the debate — leaving the details for Congress — has been that it’s left him without a clear vision to communicate to the American people. At times he’s seemed downright wishy-washy: “We need the public option unless we don’t need the public option,” and so on. Not exactly awe-inspiring rhetoric from a guy known for his awe-inspiring rhetoric.

But, for what it’s worth, I don’t think the biggest problem with the Democrats’ approach to the health care debate has been their failure to adequately highlight what they themselves are proposing. No, their greatest screw up has been the failure to adequately highlight what the other side isn’t proposing — because, at the end of the day, the Republicans aren’t proposing diddly-squat.

We hear derisive references to “Obamacare” from Republicans all the time. The question that needs be asked is: So then what exactly is Republicancare? Because the answer, of course, is that they are proposing nothing — nothing that is other than more of the same.

Here, in fact, is precisely what Republicancare means:

1. Tens of millions of Americans — currently standing at 46 million – uninsured;

2. You lose your job, you lose your insurance;

3. You get seriously sick, you go bankrupt and, just maybe, your family ends up on the streets;

4. You have a pre-existing condition, tough luck bud, you’re screwed;

5. Faceless bureaucrats who work for private insurance companies that are primarily motivated by earning a profit decide when and whether you qualify for treatment (yup, those “death panels” you’ve been hearing so much about, but not the fake ones that right wingers have dreamed up, but the real ones that exist within the insurance industry today);

6. Health care costs continue to spiral out of control;

7. More and more employers drop health insurance as a benefit as it becomes increasingly expensive.

This is the big freakin’ elephant sitting smack dab in the middle of the room of the health care reform debate — Republicancare. Obama’s proposals may be far from perfect: God knows, many liberals, myself included, aren’t overly enchanted with them. But right now (and for the foreseeable future) they’re the only game in town.

If the Republicans in Congress have made anything clear, it is that the only thing they care about is scoring political points by trying to kill anything Obama and the Democrats put up in this area. They have offered nothing constructive at all — and so far at least, they’ve been getting away with it.

That’s the message Democrats need to be taking to the American people: It’s your choice, folks, Obamacare or Republicancare – meaningful, if imperfect, reform, or more of the same. If you’re happy with the status quo, great, because that’s exactly what the GOP will give you. But if you’re not satisfied with it, then you better get off your ass and let Congress know.

Then leave it in the voters’ hands.

If need be, let the Republicans filibuster reform (make them do it the old-fashioned way where they actually have to stay up all night) and then let them take that to the electorate. Let them have their moment in the sun bragging about their great “victory” over Obama: in fact, let’s make sure they get all the credit they deserve for maintaining the status quo (that everyone, except the insurance industry, rightfully hates). In fact, let’s make sure that this great Republican “triumph” becomes the centerpiece issue of the 2010 campaign.

Then let the chips fall where they may.
 

Marion Y. (322)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 7:15 pm
That is encouraging, Blue. Mine are crossed too. I hope he breaks some legs.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 7:17 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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Marion Y. (322)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 8:14 pm
Public option watch...this is discouraging. Rather than override their constituents and do the right thing, these Dems are rolling over. Let's see if the AFL-CIO has any influence...
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday September 3, 2009, 9:52 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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