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Health Care Consensus Elusive So Far

By Ben Pershing
There are only 47 days left until Congress' August recess is scheduled to begin -- less than 30 on the legislative calendar -- and the key players in the health care debate appear to be far from consensus. President Obama, top Senators and vital interest groups continued to circle each other Monday, with few signs of progress so far to suggest a substantive agreement will be reached by Obama's self-imposed deadline.

Even as Obama got a mixed reception from the American Medical Association yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office put a $1 trillion price tag on Edward Kennedy's draft health care measure. That number, and CBO's prediction that millions of Americans would still be left uninsured, may have been enough to stop the bill in its tracks, or at least until Kennedy's HELP committee can put together a new version of the measure for a new score. The New York Times says the CBO analysis "raised the hurdles" for Kennedy's plan and "came as a surprise."

But Ezra Klein writes, "The numbers ... are not credible representations of HELP's coming legislation," because they did not factor in strong employer and individual mandates that are expected to be included in the bill but were not in the draft version the committee gave to the CBO to analyze. The Wall Street Journal similarly notes "that proposal was missing key details that are likely to significantly change the final numbers."

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By Ben Pershing  |  June 16, 2009; 8:26 AM ET
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AMERICA’S NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY!

It’s official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.

STAND READY AMERICA TO SEIZE CONTROL OF YOUR NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.

We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

Progressive democrats and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and demand that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don’t even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

God Bless You

Jacksmith – WORKING CLASS

Posted by: JackSmith1 | June 17, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Indeed, the microwave-the-poor conspiracy must be defeated!

Posted by: gorak | June 16, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse


Is a Health Care Co-op a Viable Solution?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=5537

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Posted by: usadblake | June 16, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

WHAT GOOD IS NATIONAL HEALTH CARE WHEN A FEDERALLY-ENABLED EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT NETWORK DESTROYS LIVELIHOODS AND DEGRADES THE HEALTH OF UNJUSTLY 'TARGETED' AMERICAN CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILIES?

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"When you see the abuse of power, you've got to speak."

-- VP candidate Joseph Biden, Aug. 27, 2008, Democratic National Convention


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WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA REALIZE THAT A NATIONWIDE, PARALLEL SYSTEM OF VIGILANTE INJUSTICE IS MAKING A MOCKERY OF THE RULE OF LAW IN AMERICA?


Federal citizen volunteer programs fund the "community gang stalkers" who are terrorizing their neighbors as police look the other way -- destroying their livelihoods as their health is degraded by widely-deployed microwave radiation ("directed energy") weapons.


A parallel array of federal "programs of personal financial destruction" slowly decimate the family finances of "target" families -- surely a factor in the mortgage meltdown that precipitated the global financial crisis.


When victims complain, they are told there is "nothing to investigate."


True -- because federal and local authorities KNOW ALL ABOUT IT.


Will the national press corps -- and Team Obama -- wake up and realize that democracy and middle-class wealth are being stolen at the GRASSROOTS?


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | June 16, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Health insurance companies are like Enron.

When Enron went down my lights stayed on. Ironically, however when Enron was at its most active level, people lost power because of Enron's interfering with the process of delivering energy. They got paid for this, and it proved to be an enormous drain on the economy.

It is legitimate to get paid for adding value. Insurance companies get paid (a lot) for taking value. That's why single payer makes much more sense.

www.pnhp.org

Posted by: rooster54 | June 16, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

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