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Just a Thought
These comments are from Linda Bergthold, a health policy expert:

"If you read the whole bill, I think you cannot help but see the good that it will do. 1) Expand Medicaid 2) Train more physicians and nurses 3) Help young adults stay on their parents' plans until they are 26 4) Remove the discriminatory practices of the insurance industry related to pre-existing conditions and 5) Reform the way Medicare pays providers so that payment is related to outcomes not just volume. 6) save money for all of us over time."

"Somehow the petulance of those who would defeat this bill because it is not everything they wanted, strikes me as immature and actually quite selfish. I read the comments that say kill the bill. And all they tell me is that these folks must either have insurance already or they do not give a damn about anyone who does not."

"What passes this year or early next year is only the beginning of the reform process...Social Security did not start out as a strong program. It was strengthened over a period of years by dint of hard work and, yes - behind the scenes work."

There's real wisdom there, especially the last comment. That's how social progress is step at a time.

I said nothing about
doing nothing.  Instead, I said we should turn to the House bill.

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010

[ Parent | ] is another thought

Dismissing the angry left as little more than petulant children will yield all the success that compromising with Republicans has produced.

No matter which way HCR ultimately ends up, the message from Democratic leadership is now clear; your lack of importance is in direct proportion to how far left you are from Joe Lieberman.  So take comfort in your smugness; you'll need to make it last.

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Bergthold couldn't be more irresponsible, insulting, ignorant, misinformed or politically tone deaf
As currently configured this bill imposes a tax (individual mandate) on the working poor and middle class with no control on the minimum benefit package or dollar cap on the premia that these people have to pay for junk policies.

Ban on annual limits are gone.

Folks with preexisting conditions get charged higher premiums.

Older folks get charged 3x younger folks.

States with strong consumer protection provisions get undermined by the feds allowing sales across state lines without conforming to the higher standards of the states with strong consumer protection laws and ordinance.

Families will be forced to spend up to 22% of their income on health care premiums.

Obviously Bergthold doesn't care about those folks.

Does Ms Bergthold work for insurance companies or one of their front organizations.

Howard Dean is right this bill is the insurers dream.

We never should have relinquished single payer.  Health insurers have no legitimate reason to exist.

But Dr. Dean's analysis is "immature, selfish"

Incrementalism has never gotten us anywhere. Social Security and Medicare are fundamentally unchanged from their original adoption.  In fact Medicare and Medicaid were a compromise for a single payer proposal.

Ds will get killed next November for imposing a new tax on the middle class to benefit bloodsucking insurers if this bill passes.

There is no wisdom here. Only capitulation and sycophancy.

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