Tuesday, December 2, 2008

OBAMA PUTTING KNIFE IN SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE

The LA Times reports that "the idea of a federal, single-payer system patterned on those in Europe and Canada, long a dream of the political left, is now virtually off the table." Although this is not widely understood, the Obama plan is not an incremental step towards single payer - as would be lowering the age of Medicare, for example - but a move that would probably delay consideration of the idea for another decade or so. Not only would the Obama proposal give the unjustifiable and expensive role of private insurance companies the force of law, it would solidify the de facto tariff on American goods caused by a system that relies on employer health insurance payments.

8 Comments:

At December 2, 2008 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have elected the most corrupt, right-wing corporate politician the US has ever seen. Get ready for some hard times, folks. This guy is going to make George W seem like a liberal.

 
At December 2, 2008 6:58 PM, Anonymous robbie said...

Hopefully, people who faithfully pull the lever for either side will eventually start to realize that our vaunted two-party system is just a huge protection racket.

 
At December 3, 2008 10:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chocolate icing on the same old rotten cake! Let's hear from the Obamabots now, who were so enchanted by hope, no matter how nebulous its expression. Are you feeling good about your "lesser of two evils" these days? Still feel like villifying Ralph Nader for his termerity in presenting an actual progressive platform to the American people? What a nation of suckers we are!
Tony Vodvarka, Hartly DE

 
At December 5, 2008 4:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if Obama abandoned every campaign promise it is ridiculous to say that he would be worse then Bush. Their are good progressives on both sides of the issue of whether to support a third party this year. Different groups and individuals had good reasons for the positions they took and their is no need for the positions they took to divide Progressives now. Name calling is not constructive.

 
At December 5, 2008 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see Charlie Brown having the football jerked out from in front of him one more time, totally shocked that "she did it again!" One doesn't like sucker? How about, dumb, hapless fantasist without knowledge of our history, forever trapped by the same old good cop/bad cop routine?
Tony Vodvarka, Hartly DE

 
At December 6, 2008 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I have said over and over and over again but have been derided for it. As long as the vast majority of the American populace swallows the lie about the "Corporate Capitalist" American dream hook, line and sinker. They will never vote for a truly progressive candidate for president or any other office.

Chris

 
At December 9, 2008 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LA Times could have mentioned that this dream of the political left is something that a majority of Americans want.

cemmcs

 
At December 14, 2008 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In reference to the comment regarding approaching hard times....open your eyes. The vast majority of the population has been knee deep in it for the last 8 years!!!! Our new president will most likely spend his entire term trying to undo ineffective policies initiated and implemented by the current political team.

 

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