Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Health Care ‘Is this the best we can do?’

WASHINGTON – October 29 – Following a statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement about the latest House health care plan (and see 4-min video below on Ed Schultz Show):

“Is this the best we can do? Forcing people to buy private health insurance, guaranteeing at least $50 billion in new business for the insurance companies?

“Is this the best we can do? Government negotiates rates which will drive up insurance costs, but the government won’t negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies which will drive up pharmaceutical costs.

“Is this the best we can do? Only 3% of Americans will go to a new public plan, while currently 33% of Americans are either uninsured or underinsured?

“Is this the best we can do? Eliminating the state single payer option, while forcing most people to buy private insurance.

“If this is the best we can do, then our best isn’t good enough and we have to ask some hard questions about our political system: such as Health Care or Insurance Care? Government of the people or a government of the corporations.”

On the Ed Schultz Show

On MSNBC, The Ed Shultz Show (October 28) Congressman Kucinich stated: It’s time to re-double our efforts to insist on a robust public option, that is the least we can do since the single-payer option has been taken out of the bill, leaving negotiated rates, a trigger – capitulating to insurance companies. Without a robust public option the poor will pay more, the government will pay more, ending up in a larger bailout to the insurance industry. Your contribution will empower our efforts to fight for the single-payer, not for profit health care bill, H.R. 676.

Congressman Kucinich continued: We can’t sway from our responsibilities as members of Congress who have pledged to deliver health care to the American people and we must ensure that it is health care and not insurance care. We have to make sure the American people know that we want everyone covered with the best possible plan. Frankly, we are selling ourselves short by not going forward with a robust public option. We must make sure the insurance companies are not going to raid the American taxpayer’s coffers.

Please contribute $25, $50, $100 to continue support for single-payer health care. Please contribute now.

You can also sign the petition establishing health care as a civil right.

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