Kill the Senate Bill?

Really enjoyed this month’s New Yorker article on healthcare. I think he makes a really good point, but you have to have a generally positive view of the Government to buy into the perspective. Which I do of course, but unfortunately many people in this country do not…

I believe that, contrary to common thinking here today, Ronald Reagan was the WORST President we ever had in this country. He was hard at work giving federal powers and budgets to the individual states through his now infamous “block grants” when we first went to Nicaragua to live. And so trying to start an “extension” type program in health care, as opposed to agriculture, would be almost hopeless here today.

But from my perspective, the only way to move successfully forward, while helping to restore adequate health care for the greatest part of the population possible, while simultaneously restoring faith in the Government, is by pushing forward on a Government run Single Payer program.

But I fear we’re too far along this path that we’re on… Below is a perspective on the state of the Health Care bill, as of today. I really respect Jane Hamsher and her progressive point of view, but I’m not ready to say “Kill the Bill” yet… I, like Howard Dean, still want to see it go to Conference and see if they’ll be able to restore at least a Robust Public Option (or even better yet-increase federal involvement in medicare/ medicaid reimbursements. There may be a method to Obama’s madness yet! The Federal Government putting its money where its mouth is! OK by me… in this case, the end does justify the means! But this time we need to be careful about it becoming widely construed as a step toward Single Payer! That and we have preserve women’s right to adequate health care by maintaining the Hyde Amendment intact.).

My bottom line is that there is no place for speculative profit in health care. Health, Education and Welfare IS the place for Government. Time to bring HEW back from the grave?

FDL Action
Sign our petition to Congress and President Obama:The Senate health care bill must be killed. We must do better for health care than this.

Click here to sign our petition.

The Senate’s health care bill must be killed.

It is an ungodly mess of errors, loopholes, and massive giveaways. When the American people find out what’s actually in this bill, they will revolt. Congress and President Obama have no choice but to do better for health care than this bill.

Sign the petition: the Senate health care bill must be killed.

How bad is the bill?

1. Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations — whether you want to or not

2. If you refuse to buy the insurance, you’ll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS

3. After being forced to pay thousands in premiums for junk insurance, you can still be on the hook for up to $11,900 a year in out-of-pocket medical expenses.

4. Massive restriction on a woman’s right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court

5. Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-ays

· Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won’t see any benefits — like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions — until 2014 when the program begins.

· Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others

· Grants monopolies to to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market.

· No reimportation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years

· The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of 4 will rise an average of $1000 a year — meaning in 10 years, you family’s insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now.

I could go on, but it should be clear: this is not reform. This is a con job.

Sign our petition: kill the Senate bill.

Make no mistake, we need health care reform. But the Senate’s idea of reform is a disaster, and will make things far worse than they are today.

We will continue to fight for real health care reform. Now, we must kill this fake reform.

Thanks for all you do.

Jane Hamsher

Firedoglake

P.S. Please, after you’ve signed, forward this email to your friends, family, coworkers – anyone you know. It’s critical we act fast to kill the Senate bill, and we need everyone we can on board.

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