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When it comes to this disaster of a health care bill, our only hope is that the Republicans will kill the damn thing with a filibuster. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), who had considered jumping party lines and supporting the Dems, has now said she will join her party's filibuster and that's probably a good thing. Let the Republicans look like the whiny losers they are and let the Dems walk away from this Frankenstein-monster of a bill and start over.
Certain Dems, the kind who believe that any bill will do, will argue that this bill is better than no bill because it will provide 30 million more Americans health insurance. This is true, but the increased coverage is by forcing uninsured Americans to buy it from for-profit insurance companies at a fairly high cost. According to some estimates, it may cost uninsured Americans $12-15,000 per year (possibly more if you are over 40 and have a pre-existing condition). It also covers some of the expenses of this increased coverage by assuming cuts in Medicare and taxing Americans whose insurance now costs over $15,000 a year.
Olympia Snowe confirms she’ll filibuster health reform | Raw Story.
As Mary Shelly told us in her tale of Frankenstein, life at any cost is a monstrous affair. When will the centrist Dems running the White House and the Congress realize that the same is true of policy. If you have so thoroughly compromised with the interests of BIG INSURANCE that you gain coverage by extracting even more wealth from the Americans who can least afford it, then that's not a bill that should come to life in law.
The truth is the Dems could have used populism to gain Single Payer health care- that is, insurance outside the for-profit medicine we have now paid for by everyone through income taxes. This is something that 65% of Americans said they wanted as of 2005. That number, with increasing job losses and job insecurity, could be even higher now. But except for a few lone voices, few Democratic leaders are even talking about a national health care system. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tried to introduce an amendment for Single Payer Health Insurance on the House floor and was stopped. Instead, he gave a remarkable speech about why we need it.
It's time for the Dems and Obama to show some leadership and get a health care bill that is about insurance for all outside of a for-profit system, like every other industrialized country. We need Single Payer- not Public Option or now, even worse, forced insurance policy consumption at high rates so insurance executives can stay rich.
Let's hope the GOP is successful in their filibuster, that the American people get even more tired of them and their pro-business ways, and that the Dems listen to the people and come up with a health care bill that provides a standardized system of rational health care distribution for all at the lowest possible cost.