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July 30, 2009

TEN CLUES THE DEMOCRATS AREN'T FIGHTING FOR HEALTHCARE FOR EVERYONE

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report

1. Their plan doesn't cover the uninsured till at least 2013.

2. Their public option isn't Medicare, won't bring costs down and will only cover about 10 million people.

3. The president and his party have already caved in to the drug companies on reimporting Canadian drugs, on negotiating drug prices downward and on generics.

4. The president and his party have received more money from private insurers and the for-profit health care industry than even Republicans, with the president alone taking $19 million in the 2008 election cycle alone, more than all his Republican, Democratic and independent rivals combined.

5. The president's plan, and those of Republicans and Democratic blue dogs too, will require families to purchase health insurance policies from private insurers.

6. The president's plan, and those of Republicans and Democratic blue dogs too, could force you to buy junk insurance.

7. The president's plan, as well as those of Democratic blue dogsĀ and Republicans, are to be funded in part with cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.

8. The president, with the cooperation of corporate media and the Republicans is trying to make the argument about himself instead of a discussion on the merits of his policy.

9. The president and his party, and the corporate media have spent more time and energy silencing and excluded the advocates of single payer health care, mostly the president's own supporters, than they have fighting blue dogs and Republicans.

10. Despite the president's own admission that only a single payer health care system will deliver what Americans want, he and the leaders of his party insist that Medicare For All, HR 676, us utterly off the table.

Much more. . .

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