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Letter I got from Dennis Kucinich Office (ignore the fundraising crap):
HEALTH CARE WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE
The masquerade is over! The “public option” is … dead.
Health care reform is now a private option: WHICH FOR PROFIT INSURANCE COMPANY DO YOU WANT? You have to choose. And you have to pay. If you have a low income, under HR3200 government will subsidize the private insurance companies and you will still have to pay premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
The Administration plan requires that everyone must have health insurance, so it is delivering tens of millions of new “customers” to the insurance companies. Health care? Not really. Insurance care! Absolutely. Cost controls? No chance.
You will next hear talk about “co-ops.” The truth is that insurance company campaign contributions have co-opted the public interest.
I need your help to spread the word and rally the nation around true health care reform which covers everyone and maintains fiscal integrity without breaking our nation’s bank! Your contribution will empower our efforts to continue to fight for the single-payer, not-for-profit health care bill, HR676 “Medicare for All,” which I co-authored with Rep. John Conyers. The bill now has 85 sponsors in the House.
The hotly-debated HR3200, the so-called “health care reform” bill, is nothing less than corporate welfare in the guise of social welfare and reform. It is a convoluted mess. The real debate which we should be having is not occurring.
Removing the “public option” from a public bill paid for by public money is not in the public interest. What is left is a “private option” paid for with public money. Why should public money be spent on a private option which does not guarantee 100% coverage nor have any cost controls? A true public option would provide 30% savings immediately which would then cover the 1/3rd of the population who presently have no health care.
Unfortunately, under HR3200, the Government is choosing winners and losers in the private sector; proposing to spend public funds on subsidizing insurance companies who make money not providing health care. This process will insure only the expansion of profits. Gone is the debate over cost.
As a result of current negotiations, the Medicare Part D rip-off will continue for another decade, further fleecing senior citizens. Drug importation has been dropped, so no inexpensive drugs can be accessed from other nations.
Instead we are told the pharmaceutical companies will accept a 2% cut in the growth rate of their profits – they call this cost control!
If the matter were not so serious, it would be farcical: The executive branch pretends that the proposed health care reforms are something they are not. The legislation is being attacked for something it is not. Congressional leadership and the White House defend the legislation, pretending it actually is the very proposal that is being attacked. But it is not.
A commonsense government health care reform policy would insure that every single American has full access to health care by expanding Medicare to cover everyone under a Single Payer System. We are already paying for a universal standard of care, it is just we are not getting it.
I need your help to spread the word and rally the nation around true health care reform which covers everyone and maintains fiscal integrity without subsidizing insurance and pharmaceutical companies and breaking our nation’s bank!
My voice in Congress will continue to challenge the special interests who do not want “single-payer” to succeed. I need you to join me in combating the special and corporate interests who spend millions to try to win this Congressional seat. With your help WE will win again. With your help I will continue to represent your concerns, be YOUR VOICE in the United States Congress, and be the voice for health care for all Americans!
Please contribute $25, $50, $100 in support of my campaign. Please contribute now.
With your help, we can accomplish ANYTHING in America. Persistence, dedication, truth and courage will lead the way and win out in the end.
I think it’s funny that in America, people worry about getting a “government doctor.”
There are no “government doctors” in Canada. Sure the government pays for them, but they’re not “government doctors.” These conservatives make it sound like a dictatorship whenever the government does something as benign as giving health care. Yet I don’t hear conservatives whine about “government cops” or “government soldiers” who do much more harm than “government doctors.”
Besides, even in Canada, not every procedure is covered. Just basic stuff. I hear about people having cancer having to go to the US to get certain treatments!
Dentisty isn’t covered. I wish it was. I went to a dentist, and he charged me $100 for a 2 minute “consultation” and referral to a dental surgeon for my wisdom teeth. The dental surgeon charged another $60, for his own consultation!
None of this was covered by my insurance company. $160 just so they can look inside my mouth for a couple minutes and exaggerate.
My insurance company wouldn’t even cover the hundreds of dollars on anaesthetic. so I couldn’t afford to get the teeth removed even though I had insurance.
Months later, I still have my wisdom teeth, they erupted and they aren’t really a problem. They just hurt when they were coming in. But the dentists were trying to talk me into a surgery that I couldn’t afford, and I had to pay them for that.
NEW WORLD ORDER
It’s the Bilderbergs and the CFR and the Illuminati. It’s the NEW WORLD ORDER. Obama is part of it. Obama is the Antichrist. The world is coming to an end in 2012. It says so in Revelations!!! AHH! Ron Paul Revolution!!!
right on tyler
obama is antichrist
but not revealed in 2012
We are in the business of WAR no welfare!
Have you guys heard that Reagan LP ?
I’m still dumbfounded that there are people protesting so that private death panels will be freed to drop tiny nuclear bomb machines throughout timespace (seriously, I wouldn’t say they deserve death, but I really would not be horrified for a bit if some goddamn psychos took these murderers out of the scene — how come only the wingnuts have eliminationists psychos? Where are the obssessive leftwingers that just go Guevara-crazy, Weather Underground Baden Meinhof style? I can’t believe how they’re getting away with this shit – being little Einchmanns for cannibals that kill 22000 people every year for profit). These are folks so fucked, beaten over and desperately driven into fascism that they are genuinely working in order to kill people (and stupidly, most of their own — I remember the “ironic heil hitler” lady saying her husband works three jobs with no health insurance but she’d be damned if she was gonna pay for the health of some illegal brown vermin).
“People! Nazis were ‘national SOCIALISTS’!” One person actually said that (like the dude in that Bunuel’s film saying “down with liberty!” when Napoleon invaded his country).
http://exiledonline.com/billionaire-cannibals-murder-22000-americans-every-year/ Mark Ames has been somewhat decent lately (Matt Taibbi has as well. Where has Naomi Klein and Chomsky been recently?).
chomsky is on holiday. that’s what bev stohl tells me.
Yes, he was in Caracas today visting Chavez and giving conferences (I believe with Michael Albert, Eva Gollinger and Greg Wilpert).
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