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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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