By Jeanine Molloff
Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Florida) has been waging his own war on corporate insurance forces determined to maintain the fiscal “slaver’s whip” by proposing a straightforward public option plan through the existing Medicare network. Rather than the 2,000-plus-page proposal endorsed by the president; Grayson’s bill is a robust … 4 pages.
In short, he proposes to extend Medicare benefits to anyone from birth to age 64 with a simple “buy-in. ”
Posted in Big Pharma, Healthcare, Region: Middle East, War and Peace
Tagged grayson healthcare, HR 4789, medicare, middle east wars, physicians for a national health plan, public option, Public Option Act, single payer, war vs healthcare
Lieberman: I Won’t Vote for a Health Care Reform Bill with Medicare Buy-In, Public Option
By Betsy L. Angert
On the eve of what was thought to be, perhaps, a sign of progress in the six-decade long health care reform debate, joblessness mounts. Depression increases. The intensity of illness is on the rise. Few if any can afford to visit a doctor. People are unemployed, under-employed, and if an individual has an income, hours are reduced. There is barely enough to pay the most basic bills, let alone insurance premiums. Yet, staffers have been asked, no told, by business owners, workers must pay a larger portion of their health care coverage. Bosses bellow in unison; with profits down, certainly the corporations cannot continue to offer perks. Medical indemnities are a privilege, not a guarantee. If you feel ill, if you are injured, take two pills and call no one in the morning.
Do not dare telephone the Democrats. They have made their peace with the health care crisis. Republicans will not respond to the cries of a public, and Independents are, as you know independent! The decree; health care reform was dead on arrival. Continue reading
Posted in Healthcare
Tagged congress, Democrats, Health Care, Health care reform, Independents, Joe Lieberman, Medical Insurance, Medicare Buy-Ins, medicare for all, public option, Republicans, Single Payer Not For Profit
By Jack Lewis
A friend received her emergency room bill in this week’s mail. She opened it with trepidation, scanning down the complicated billing data to the bottom line. It came to $1.90.
Welcome to the Public Option.
Posted in Big Pharma, Economy Economics, Healthcare, Neoliberalism, Obama and Company
Tagged AIG, class war, eat the rich, goldman sachs, Healthcare, insurance bailout, insurance scam, medicare for all, public option, universal healthcare
Triumph of the Money Party
Do you know what the “public option” does or who it covers? If you’ve had trouble finding out, it’s not your fault. Reading corporate media coverage provides little or no clue. It’s hardly ever defined. There’s a very good reason for the lack of clarity and definition. But first, a brief summary of the public debate that characterizes just about every public debate we have on critical issues.
If you think that the current version of the public option will provide a choice for a government administered health program, you’re right. If you think that this option was designed for the general public, then you’re wrong. It will apply to only some of the uninsured, possibly as few as six million citizens. It’s a kind of public option. Continue reading
Posted in Big Pharma, Healthcare, MSM Shills, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Psy-Ops
Tagged corporate media disinformation, healthcare for all, insurance industry scam, medicare for all, MSM Shills, Neoliberalism, Obama and Company, public option, single payer
copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org
Democrats dance in the streets and declare success. An ABC News-Washington Post poll released on October 18, 2009, found that only twenty percent of the population defines themselves Republican. Progressives assert this result will work in their favor if the public option is to pass. However, the now ecstatic portion of the electorate discounts the “disconnect” discussed in the aforementioned study and also addressed in a Pew Research Center report published only a week earlier.
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By Brent Budowsky
Pass the public option that a majority of voters want. End insurance price-fixing that voters detest. Give Wall Street 30 days to cut back bonuses to 40 percent below 2007 levels or pass laws that make it happen. Pass a bill to end credit card rip-offs from bailed-out banks. Break up banks too big to fail rather than have taxpayers pay to make them bigger.
Posted in Economy Economics, Healthcare, Housing, Labor, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, Obama and Company
Tagged class war, corporatism, democracy, duopoly, Healthcare, public option, sellout democrats
By Glen Ford
President Obama attempts to depict proponents of Medicare for all as lefty health care “extremists.” But that’s precisely the kind of “robust” public plan favored by two-thirds of Americans, according to a recent poll. Obama is to the Right of the people, and the GOP is off the map.
Posted in Economy Economics, Healthcare, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company
Tagged corpo-gov, health insurance bailout, health insurance scam, Healthcare, medicare, medicare for all, obama corporate bailout, public option, single payer healthcare
By Bruce Dixon
Democrats could accomplish nothing during the Bush years, they told us, for the first six years because they were a minority, and during the last two because Republicans could filibuster. Now, with both houses of congress, a filibuster-proof senate majority and a “transformative leader” in the White House, Democrats can only continue the wars, the privatizations, the terture, coverups and kidnapping. In power, Obama and Democrats can bail out Wall Street but not homeowners; they cannot accomplish anything voters want, like universal health care, Medicare For All. Some Democratic activists are sobering up, looking around, and heading for the exits.
Posted in Economy Economics, Healthcare, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company
Tagged black agenda report, corporatism, health insurance scam, Healthcare, medicare for all, Neoliberalism, obama sellout, public option, single payer
Single payer is the most cost-effective way to cover every man, woman and child in this nation, as many other countries do. Medicare for All is the best solution to our healthcare crisis.
By Roger Bybee
It’s been a cruel, cruel summer for pro-labor progressives—until the last couple days when AFL–CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka and 60 House Democrats came out swinging for a Medicare-based public option in any healthcare reform plan.
By Bruce Dixon
The shrunken and eviscerated public option in the Obama health care plan may now be discarded in favor of something called a health co-op. The mounting toll of concessions to drug companies and bailouts of private insurers contained in the Obama plan have transformed it, according to Rep. John Conyers, into “crap,” and threaten to make Obama a one-term president. Republicans, all the while, are fighting Obamacare every bit as resolutely as if it were Medicare For All, drumming up disinformed protesters for health care town meetings. And the embargo of single payer media coverage continues, despite its being the majority sentiment of Americans. This is the year of health care reform. Or not.
By Michael Collins
When lobbyist bribery doesn’t work, the insurance industry deploys disrupter groups to shout down Town Halls. A leaked memo proves the strategy is deliberate.
Posted in 4th Estate, Healthcare, Obama and Company, Psy-Ops
Tagged corporate tantrums, Healthcare, insurance scam, michael collins, news, politics, Psy-Ops, public option
By Jan Frel, AlterNet
Keith Olbermann calls out Sen. John Thune, Sen. John McCain, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans — as well as a few Democrats, too: specifically the “Blue Dogs.”