Liberals Mourn Latest Health Reform News
The lefty Readers Who Comment are furious this morning as they absorb the MSM conclusion that President Obama has counted the votes and decided that a public option for health insurance (not to mention a single-payer option) is not an absolute necessity for health care reform.
All the networks, the Post, the Times, etc., are in agreement. As Ceci Connolly writes in the Post, "top administration officials signaled Sunday that the White House may be willing to jettison a controversial government-run insurance plan favored by liberals." There is some talk that nongovernmental insurance coops may be a solution.
The president himself, in a New York Times op-ed, outlined why he thinks health care reform is essential, but did not use such words as public option, co-op or single payer.
Many of our readers are angry about this. There is a belief that without a government-run competitive plan, the insurance companies will continue to run up profits by rationing or denying coverage.
We'll start with rexl, who most succinctly stated the pure left position in writing, "i wanted single payer, public option is a cheap substitute. but without at least that what is the point?"
farhorizons suggested, "Force a filibuster! Let those opposed to health care reform go on the record. If President Obama wimps out on this he deserves what happens to his programs."
But tfitzgib said, "The liberals are going to have to learn how participatory Democracy works when they are in the majority. There are similarities with the Health Care "reform" proposals and Global Warming. The liberals take a position based on their ideology. That's fine. But then they close out anyone who might oppose them from the formulation stages and then viciously attack anyone who opposes them while they try to ram through their politically based proposal..."
6925thCobras wrote, "...Obama is practically apologizing for trying to do the right thing because a few knuckleheads with bad information show up at rallies at the behest of the right wing radio stations. Forget about the people that voted him into office."
ggrant9170 asked, "what will change with co ops? nothing, premiums will still continue to double every 9 years and we will see jobs bleed and premiums more than our mortage payments. the gop sold the elderly lies about how democrates want to kill them with Death Panels... wow, the republicans are good, very good!"
yesnomaybe213 wrote, "this whole piece of crap legislative initiative is about to fall spectacularly apart. as well it should. we have enough red ink already. it's time to go back to the drawing board and come up with something we can afford."
mark31 said, "Boy is it exciting to hear from all the folks that are jumping off Obama's bus because of the government option cave-in. When you add them to the people who are deeply concerned about the massive deficits, and the people who dislike the continuing attacks on profit, investors, and capitalism itself, and the people who are opposed to national bankruptcy to reduce CO2, now who is left on the bus? This young president is about to make some major changes, or be written off as Jimmy Carter Jr."
weidenhof4 asked, "Government run insurance. How would they staff such an undertaking? Is this where the promised new jobs would be found. How many people are employed in the Health Care Insurance Industry? Would the government require State and Regional offices simular to Social Security. Would State and Regional offices be staffed with qualified Medical Staff or clerks that would forward requests for medical treatment to regional then national office or Bureau..."
To which infuse replied, "Please Google, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, TRICARE, SCHIP AND VA, read something factual for a change, including the specific answers to all those questions, and then get back to us with your only possible response: "WOW! They already do all that?"
AlbyVA wrote, "Liberals lost!! w00hooo They have all the votes to pass any law they want, and they still can't do it.. woohooo.. So Long Govt Run Health Care. Hello to Co-Ops where you still gotta pay... No more tax dollars from my pocket for the fool who eats McDonalds everyday and needs triple bypass surgery."
chrojo01 said, "Maybe President Obama realizes that the so-called public "option" isn't the only avenue that we should be considering for reform. It is inherently anti-competitive and will only make our problems worse because there will be even less accountability in the market than there is now...We can use more time to think about these things... There's no reason to rush this."
ProfElwood wrote, "Seniors are currently getting the tail end of a unsustainable good deal. We still have a large number of workers paying in and relatively few getting the money. Medicare and Medicaid have very few spending limits, which is why they are in trouble. But Republicans and Democrats both decry "rationing"... but within the decade, this lie has got to come to an end. The fact is, congress's ability to tax and borrow is limited; the amount that we can spend on health care isn't."
But costink said, "Costs costs costs. When we will some politician have the guts to say profits profits profits. Profit at the expense of a person's health is what led to the current existence of death through no or denied insurance..."
Dan1967wewon wrote that "...The public option is included in 3 out of 4 proposals by the Senate and House. If the bill passes, it will pass with a public option. Otherwise most Democrats won't vote for it. This idea of co-ops by Senator Conrad is ridiculous. How can 500 different co-ops fund and implement health care? The Democrats won the election. It is time for the Democratic party to unite and to push the public option through!"
EnemyOfTheState said, "...I still can't understand the anger and paranoia about a single payer plan - not a single black helicopter in sight and, no, Grannie wasn't going to be denied coverage by a "death panel" (besides, this is already being done better by the insurance industry)."
jdonner2 wrote, "Wow, the free loading lefties are out in droves today. But I don't blame them for being upset. There is nothing like having the Messiah throw you under a bus to save his political hyde. Just ask his grandmother. But they had better get used to it, it will happen again."
Nut fringe or intentionally inaccurate charge?:
ggrant9170 wrote, "The same Democratic party that passed Medicare making health care available for all the elderly to live longer are now the same ones that want to kill them with Death Panels!!!"
We'll close with WapoGestapo, who wrote, "I find it ironic how willing conseratives and republicans are to receive services paid for by socialist means when it suites them. 1) Military; 2) Police; 3) Fire fighters; 4) Highways; 5) Medicare; 6) Public education; 7) Postal services. I could keep going, but they just won't get it."
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