By the time you read the next couple paragraphs the veil will be lifted from your eyes and you will finally understand what is really going on with the health care “debate”, which up to this point has been a total fraud on the American people.
On the one hand we have the Republicans. They are for privatization, deregulation and the “free market”, all deceptive synonyms for giving all power to, and putting us totally at the mercy of, the corporations. In the Republican world view, we will be forced to buy corporate medical insurance if we can afford it, and simply die if we cannot (or if they cheat us out of our coverage).
Dr. Andy Coates, a member of Physicians for a National Health Program and steward in the Public Employees Federation in New York, argues that it’s wrong to push for a “public option” now that Barack Obama is trying to restart health care legislation.
Feb. 26, 2010
LIKE INITIATING CPR on a patient who was dead in the field and remains dead on arrival, the effort to resuscitate the “public option” is mistaken–and futile.
by Dennis Kucinich
Dec. 22, 2009
Wall Street Celebrates Senate’s “Significantly Watered Down” Health Care Bill
Wall Street is celebrating “Health Care Reform.” According to an industry insider report yesterday by MarketWatch (Gibson and Britt) health care stocks rallied as the bill moved through the Senate, particularly since there is no public option in the bill to compete or compare with insurance company rate-making.
“Health care investors find themselves having confronted their greatest fear, and, while there will be legislation, it will be significantly watered down …” said Mike O’Rourke, chief market strategist at BTIG LLC. As a result, shares of Aetna gained 4.7%, while Cigna rose 3.9%. United Health and Wellpoint “rallied to 52-week highs.”
by David Lightman
WASHINGTON — The Senate early Monday voted 60 to 40 to cut off extended debate on the Democratic-authored health care overhaul bill, the first major step toward passing the measure later this week.
The vote, which saw all 58 Democrats and two independents vote to end the latest debate while all 40 Republicans opposed the maneuver, ended at 1:19 a.m. and capped a day of debate that turned partisan and often angry.
The vote, the first of three planned this week aimed at cutting off different debates, found Democrats marching united and determined toward anticipated passage of historic health care legislation late Wednesday or Thursday. If that happens, the Senate bill will have to be reconciled with the version the House of Representatives passed last month.
By David Lightman
Nov. 7, 2009
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives Saturday passed, by a vote of 220 to 215, historic health care legislation that would require virtually all Americans to obtain health insurance and create a government-run health insurance plan to help them do so.
If passed by the Senate, the bill would bring about the most sweeping change in the American health care system since Medicare was created 44 years ago.
In addition to creating the so-called public option government run insurance program, the House-passed bill would bar insurers from denying people coverage because of pre-existing conditions and set up health care “exchanges,” or marketplaces, where consumers could easily shop for coverage.
October 30, 2009
Congressman Kucinich stated that he is fighting to get single-payer back into the health care reform bill. Several members of Congress have signed a letter to House Speaker Pelosi requesting that the Kucinich Amendment be restored to the bill.
Oct. 29, 2009
Healthcare Roundtable: With Exclusion of Single Payer, What Opportunities Remain for Meaningful Reform?
While much of the healthcare debate in Washington and the media has focused on the proposal to create a government-run insurance program, the legislation being considered includes many other provisions that could change how healthcare is delivered in this country. We host a roundtable with three guests who have been closely following the debate: Lois Uttley, co-founder of Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need; Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of Health Initiatives at Community Service Society of New York; and Dr. Oliver Fein, president of Physicians for a National Health Program. [includes rush transcript]
by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Oct 28, 2009
Kucinich: Will We Stand for the People or the Insurance Companies?
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement about the health care debate in America:
“Providing health care to all Americans is the moral responsibility of our government, consistent with the Preamble in the Constitution. Yet we are being told that it is not possible to have the kind of single payer health system which every industrialized democracy in the world has.