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Posted on Jun 16, 2009

By Amy Goodman

  As the Obama administration pushes for a vote on health care reform before Congress recesses in August, has health industry money too thoroughly polluted the process for anything good to come of it?

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  Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairs the Senate Finance Committee, key to any health care reform. Baucus has held several high-profile Senate committee hearings on health care, with no single-payer advocates. They were present, though, until Baucus had them arrested—for standing up one by one in the audience, protesting the exclusion of a single-payer representative on the panel. Baucus is only parroting President Barack Obama’s pledge that “single-payer is off the table.” Yet single-payer health care has significant support among the U.S. public, and increasingly among health care providers. With single-payer, the government pays the bills, but people still choose what doctors to see. Private health insurance companies and HMOs—the profiteers—go out of business.

  Mike Dennison, a reporter for The Montana Standard, found that Baucus has received more campaign money from health and insurance industry interests than any other member of Congress. Dennison told me, “We’re talking about the health insurance industry and ... HMOs, hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical companies—that’s probably where the bulk of his money has come from ... out of about almost $15 million he’s raised in the last six years, both for his campaign and his leadership PAC, 23 percent of that came from insurance and health interests ... which we believe is probably more than any other member has received.”

  At a public forum in New Mexico, Linda Allison asked Obama about Baucus’ finances: “[S]o many people go bankrupt using their credit cards to pay for health care. Why have they taken single-payer off the plate? And why is Baucus on the Finance Committee discussing health care when he has received so much money from the pharmaceutical companies? Isn’t it a conflict of interest?”

  Obama dodged the issue of Baucus, but did admit: “If I were starting a system from scratch, then I think that the idea of moving towards a single-payer system could very well make sense. That’s the kind of system that you have in most industrialized countries around the world.”

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  Allison’s concern about bankruptcy is timely. According to a recent Harvard Medical School study, “62.1 percent of all bankruptcies in 2007 were medical.” Many of these people are not from the 50 million or so uninsured Americans, but from among the estimated 25 million who are underinsured. That a person can have health insurance and still be driven to bankruptcy over hospital bills and pharmaceutical costs is a national disgrace.

  Just days before Obama addressed the American Medical Association this week, the AMA announced that it would oppose a public health option.

  In response, at least one doctor canceled his membership. In his resignation letter, Dr. Chris McCoy of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., wrote that the AMA “couldn’t get through the second paragraph before bringing up the issue of physician reimbursement ... the AMA represents a physician-centered and self-interested perspective rather than honoring the altruistic nature of my profession. ... I advocate first for what is best for my patients and believe that as a physician, as long as I continue to maintain the trust and integrity of the profession, I will earn the respect of my community. The appropriate financial compensation for my endeavors will follow in kind.”

  Recent congressional financial disclosures show that many key members have major investments in the health care industry. The Washington Post reported this week that almost 30 members of Congress who hold key committee memberships that will impact the health care debate also have significant investments in health care companies. The bipartisan group of investors includes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.; the family of Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.; Sen.  Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho—in all, amounting to between $11 million and $27 million (the number is imprecise, since the disclosure forms allow some ambiguity).

  According to the Associated Press, Jackie Clegg Dodd, wife of Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., serves on the boards of four health-related companies and earned more than $200,000 last year. Sen. Dodd is sitting in as chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in place of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

  Congress will soon break for its “summer recess,” with members going back to their home districts to raise money, of course, and, perhaps, to visit their hometown health care provider—paid for by their publicly funded congressional health care plan.
 
  Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column.
 
  Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 750 stations in North America. She is the co-author of “Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times,” recently released in paperback.

  © 2009 Amy Goodman

  Distributed by King Features Syndicate


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By hippie4ever, June 21, 2009 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

I am my own doctor, by necessity at first but now by choice. I diagnose and prescribe: I use Chinese and cannabis medicine to treat my maladies, buying Chinese herbs from a Chinatown dispensary; growing my own cannabis. Sometimes I have to visit an American “pharmacy” to buy aspirin.

After years of their excuses and lies I have no hope of anything resembling democracy and freedom in this bullshit nation. Tin horn fascist politicians and greedy idiotic doctors who couldn’t properly pour urine into a beaker. A man or woman who entered the profession solely to become a multimillionaire is qualified to treat my illnesses? I think not.

You people without health care can do what I did. Plant esterols can reduce cholesterol as well as Lipator, at 10% of the cost. Growing cannabis in a closet with florescents: cheap. The result? Priceless.

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By ardee, June 21, 2009 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

Russian Paul, June 18 at 6:28 pm #

Is Obama’s proposed “public health option” a distraction to make it look like a right vs left battle while the truly progressive option of single payer is left out of the conversation?
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Obama is a servant to the “possible” rather than dedicated to the “necessary”. This is a Chicago politician who desperately seeks a middle ground that will continue to elude him. That is if one is willing to ascribe any altruism at all to his motivations.

As clever as he seems, he also appears pretty dumb to believe that his reaching out to the GOP will benefit him , his party or we the people. His own party cannot vote as a bloc behind their leader’s programs as well. We see thirty or forty democrats voting with the GOP in far too many instances now.

Obama might ask himself , what would Truman do? Or what would FDR do also. I believe that Barack Obama, with a 60% or more approval rating should go directly to the people, whether in a series of “Fireside Chats” or through town hall meetings chaired by his representatives. Bypass a Congress that is sick with greed and parasitic to the corporate campaign check.

Of course one might have to believe in the integrity and intelligence of the people to do such a thing. Leaders who fail to lead and a people who just might take up their obligation to do so if approached…...

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By Virginia from Virginia, June 21, 2009 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

Several issues:      Explain how forcing American business to continue to pay for the health care of its workers will then make American products more competitive internationally.  Forcing all us Americans to join a health care plan, makes it likely that future costs under such mandates will likely cost more than they do now.  (I’m assuming future hoped-for cost savings such as electronic health records will be the same – no matter what system will be put into place.)

Employers should NOT be involved in selecting or running health care for their workers.  It’s a CRAZY system we have.  Employers prefer to select inexpensive plans (and why wouldn’t they?) and employees want the very best health plan – likely to be expensive.  Get American business OUT of the health care system.

The cost effective health plan is a SINGLE-PAYER NON-PROFIT system.  Taking profit out of keeping us healthy is a self-evident advantage.  It’s a self-evident MORAL advantage, too.  And having health care workers handle all that paperwork from the myriad health care plans is a waste of precious talent and time.  Wasting talent and time is a cost.

It seems to me that keeping the SINGLE-PAYER NON-PROFIT health plan off the table will be NO REFORM at all.  What it will produce is more money (from businesses, the insured, and our taxes) to Big Health.  This supposed reform will be a cash cow, golden goose, manna from heaven to those sitting around the health care reform tables and a disaster economically for our country.  It will be WORSE than what we have now!

These health care “planners” say they can’t put SINGLE-PAYER NON-PROFIT health plans into effect right now as it is too different from our current system.  (Recall please, that our current system is broken and needs fixing.)  Explain how putting all these money grabbing health schemes into effect will make it easier in the future to change into the plan that most Americans strongly prefer: a SINGLE-PAYER NON-PROFIT health plan.

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By Russian Paul, June 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment

I’ll answer my own question and say: probably not.

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By Russian Paul, June 18, 2009 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment

Is Obama’s proposed “public health option” a distraction to make it look like a right vs left battle while the truly progressive option of single payer is left out of the conversation? Or would his “public option” possibly be a step in the right direction? I mean I think we should be demanding single payer, but I’m interested if Obama is throwing us a small bone or if it’s just completely a smoke screen…if that makes sense.

Anyways, KDelphi has it right:

Obama has a very high approval rating right now—he has the House and the Senate, He could do anything he wanted to do.

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By Bud, June 18, 2009 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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After watching,and listening to these spineless,ballless bastards on healthcare reform also known as DEMOCRATS,the seven members of my family that have voted a straight DEMOCRATIC ticket all these years WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ANY DEMOCRAT AGAIN!!!BARACK OBAMA you suck,and I campaigned,and worked the phones for you.BULLSHIT!!!!!

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By KDelphi, June 18, 2009 at 9:46 am Link to this comment

There is a perfect “plan”, IF we could rally the ‘Merkin people to do it—-you know how they say, “Everybody in , nobody out”?

Well, how about, everyone on private pay, “Nobody in, everybody out”. That is where they make most of their money, and, we could have physicians and nurses volunteer to treat these peopel, while they boycott private insurance.

Hit them the only place they care about—profits.

Everybody out—nobody in. It would work…I will come up with details when my gaping hole that uswed to be a tooth heals up a little…

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By Reader, June 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment
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The emperor has no clothes, does he not.  What goes for common sense in other nations, can’t pass muster in our hallowed halls of Congress, where most of our representatives might as well be drug hustlers in the hood.  The main difference?  They make a lot more money, and they even unashamedly enjoy socialized medicine, at the taxpayers’ expense, for themselves.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is commonsensibly circulating a petition to Congress for single payer at his website.  He introduced the Senate version of H.R. 676.  Hope others will sign this, spread the word, and pass it along.  You can also see a video of Senator Sanders at the website, and share your own health care nightmare.  Bernie will be reading some of these tale, along with the Emperor classic, on the Senate floor.

http://sanders.senate.gov/petitions/index.cfm?uid=7fd59f2e-88e1-477a-8eaf-762a5b050809

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By boggs, June 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment

I too have been plagued and ticked off about all the pleas for donations to the healthcare plan under Obama. Yet it is Obama who refuses to answer questions about why the single payer healthcare was not represented at the debate table.
I will see Hell freeze over before I again fall into their fluff-trap.

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By William W. Wexler, June 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

If you would like to participate in an action on this, please consider the following:

http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5831/t/4603/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2801

This is Dr. Dean’s group, DFA, that is running an email campaign where you write to your Senators to get them on the record as to exactly where they stand on single payer.

Thanks.

-Wexler

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By Mestizo Warrior, June 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

How tragic that the majority of the American people polled are in favor of a single payer healthcare system and that the majority of physicians and nurses polled are also in favor of such. Yet our illustrious “leaders” in Congress won’t even discuss single payer! What a sham our electoral system is!

How can we continue to call ourselves a democracy when the only ones that count are those with enormous amounts of money and power? If our votes are that worthless perhaps we should resort to a self styled dictatorship? (oops I forgot we just went through that)

The left in the U.S. must seriously begin collaborating, dropping old grudges, and finding ways to unification. We need a viable, non-corporate controlled third party! The evidence of this is clearly shown in the current struggle for so-called healthcare reform!

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By Cathy, June 17, 2009 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment

Steve Bury wrote: Thank you Amy and you, Jack Smith along with every one else. I am working class as well or was. On May 1 without warning my job was abolished due to “staff reductions”. With that not only did my income vaporize, my medical insurance went with it. Now at 60 I realize that even with high deductable medical insurance through my wifes’ coverage if I got really sick the only option I have so I wouldn’t leave my wife poverty stricten would be to load the “38” with hollow points and take a walk out back. Thank you Sen. Baucus, hope you enjoy the pulbic funded medical care you get, I helped pay for it.

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I was struck by your comment because just this past Monday on TNT the story featured on “The Closer” was about a man whose wife did just that.  She got cancer and they had lost their insurance and she could not bear to have her husband be left with huge cost of caring for her any longer.  I only caught the tail end of the episode when everything was explained and obviously it caught my attention right away.  I have yet to see a medical drama really address this issue.  If they do it’s kind of glossed over.  IMHO, this is where TV could be very powerful in this fight.

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By Cathy, June 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

herewegoagain:  I keep getting emails from barackobama.com asking me to donate money to the “fight for healthcare reform.” There is not a single statement in these emails indicating what exactly such donations would be used for.

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I almost signed up for the newsletter and then stopped myself.  This is just a donor list to fatten up his coffers for 2012.  I saw nothing on the site that was really that relevant to the issue of health care.  They want stories that are probably falling on deaf ears.  It’s just another of Obama giving an air of transparency and giving power to the people sort of thing.  It’s all BS.

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By knobcreekfarmer, June 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment

Steve B,

The 38 is what they want you to do - I swear! Obviously, we don’t want you to. It’s far easier to have a sick (read: expensive) patient just die than to actually help them.

I’ve spent the last ten years fighting Medicare/Medicaid for my 79 year old mother. Even though she worked two jobs putting my father through his Ph.D. and raising me, he left us for a “younger woman” who now sees the finical benefits of his high status. Mom now has no money except her $600 SS check and we fight “the system” with every turn. I truly believe that it (the system) would just assume she die. That’s the attitude we get.

I must note though that even though it is a paperwork bureaucracy nightmare if you cross your “T’s” and dot your “I’s” the system will work. It just takes a shit load of time to cut through.

Where there is money to be made the majority will suffer for the benefit of the few. Its been that way since man learned greed shortly after he learned to walk upright.

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By rollzone, June 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

hello. i agree with almost everyone here. insurance comes from protectionism. beltway politics as usual is misrepresentation. pushing a compromise bill through Congress that will cost another trillion dollars is overtaxation; and not at all necessary. it will only compromise more of the same, and result in nothing but more tax money. the lobbyists and the spending need to be reversed. PACs are not good. when do we see full disclosure? investigative reporting uncovers half truths. overtaxation and misrepresentation is stifling economic recovery and bankrupting our future. is Iran to be an example to us? do we need to storm Washington,DC and flush out all the rats? July 4th needs to make another point.

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By squeaky jones, June 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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Single payer health plan is what America needs. However, your politicans do not want it, because they are getting paid by their Puppet Masters to refuse you that right. American democracy, what a farce. Squeaky.

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By herewegoagain, June 17, 2009 at 11:26 am Link to this comment
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boggs writes: “Baucus works for the Devil and Obama is allowing it to happen. No one in Washington will get another dime from me or a vote either, for that matter, until we have single payer healthcare.”

I keep getting emails from barackobama.com asking me to donate money to the “fight for healthcare reform.” There is not a single statement in these emails indicating what exactly such donations would be used for.

A good deal of the Dems, including our president, are simply using the raging debate of healthcare reform to fatten up their coffers for the next election seasons, with no intention of making any real change to our broken system.

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By KDelphi, June 17, 2009 at 11:18 am Link to this comment

I’m sorry, but the “plan” that Kennedy “came up with” is ome of the most disappointing of the entire fiasco…

plus, he still has to answer to his donors. He is also getting $2 million for a book he wrote about it.

The truth is, even though all of these guys are very rich by most standards, it is never enough for them, because money = power in the uS.

Almost everyone has sold out on this one (and on most things) except perhaps, Kucinich, Conyuers, Lee (Barbara), Sanders and a few others.

Topday, on c-span3, I watched Dodd and other corporate a-holes sit there and let GOP go on and on about “how will we pay” (after the “defense”—offense bill they voted in yesterday?! Shame!), over a plan, that the GOP is right , on one score—it will be massively expensive and not cover everyone.

Mikulski’s little tirade about ‘uniquely ‘Merkin”, especially considering she is a former Social Worker, was revolting. Especially the crap about “Capitalist Innovation” and the worship of entrepreneurship—of any kind! Hey, Patty Murray, sure, selling ice cream is more noble than credit default swaps, but MOST people are NEVER going to buy an ice cream shop , nor is it most peoples’ “dream”!

So, go ahead, Dems. Let the GOP force you into passging some version of this turkey…maybe it will wake more people up—-and, unfortunately, kill more people, also.

I know how to get rid of them—-draft everyone who voted for the war bill…let them go.

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By boggs, June 17, 2009 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

Baucus works for the Devil and Obama is allowing it to happen.
No one in Washington will get another dime from me or a vote either, for that matter, until we have single payer healthcare.
I intend to be a loud voice for ousting legislators who were against single payer healthcare. They are against it only because the other way fills their pockets fuller, and leaves them with more taxpayer $$$‘s to subsidize their wealthy friends.

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By Steve Bury, June 17, 2009 at 8:28 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Amy and you, Jack Smith along with every one else. I am working class as well or was. On May 1 without warning my job was abolished due to “staff reductions”. With that not only did my income vaporize, my medical insurance went with it. Now at 60 I realize that even with high deductable medical insurance through my wifes’ coverage if I got really sick the only option I have so I wouldn’t leave my wife poverty stricten would be to load the “38” with hollow points and take a walk out back. Thank you Sen. Baucus, hope you enjoy the pulbic funded medical care you get, I helped pay for it.

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By NYCartist, June 17, 2009 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

A mess.  It has also been said that new members of the House are being pressured to go along with the leadership, but who is not pro-corporate?  I do appreciate the lists of who receives what contributions for their “campaigns” from whom.

It looks more and more like Rome in Colleen McCollough’s novels, The First Man in Rome series….
corruption via special interests, lobbyists monies.

As Amy Goodman has noted on more than one occasion in interviews with guests, Frances Perkins tried to get national health care during FDR’s administration.

Every time someone says “How will we pay for it?” the OBVIOUS answer: stop paying for wars is avoided, except by Dennis Kucinich (possibly others, who do not get “air time” in media).

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By M Currey, June 17, 2009 at 3:47 am Link to this comment
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When I was the working poor I had no health coverage and I was lucky in being healthy.  Now I feel lucky to have Medicare but I could have been very unhealthy waiting to turn 65 and then my health could have been compromised.  And to a limited extent my health was compromised because I went to the emergency ward at a place (no longer there) called Charity Hospital in New Orleans (does not make me feel good going to such a named place) the nurse/doctor said my condition would go away in seven weeks and I still have Bells Palsey, had she sent me to a specialists I would have been cured a long time ago. So now I go to an accupuncturist and I pay $50.00 an treatment and that is a good price but the cost to my health is costly because prevention would have really helped.

The current health system is too many tests, too much paperwork and too much control. 

The insurance company would like things to stay the same and they are the ones sending out scare advertisements in places like South Carolina.

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By ardee, June 17, 2009 at 3:21 am Link to this comment

This issue simply highlights the corruption of our political system. It is the most visible tip of the iceberg. Before Baucus there was Frist, he of the video diagnosis. His family’s HMO was one of the largest in the nation yet noone saw anything wrong with his influence upon legislation directly affecting that industry.

Our criticisms of the decision making of our legislators seems effectively channeled and splintered into individual instances of corruption rather than becoming a unifying force to clean up the entire system.

We need campaign finance reform, we need an end to the influence of lobbyists upon legislation, perhaps an end to the practice of lobbying entirely. I seem to remember our golden throated orator in chief making exactly that point during his expensive propaganda campaign to purchase the White House.

It is time we the people stood up and reclaimed our government from its current role as a conduit of corporate welfare and little else.

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By rockinrobin, June 17, 2009 at 1:44 am Link to this comment
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politicians in USA: work with Corps whom they have criminalized to target & harm the people of the USA first, now globally. Since target & harm for personal profit & gain (exploitation) is the way this whole political system in the USA is set up: which is CRIMINAL BTW: in AM, you wake up; take a shower (with billions of drugs put there by Monsanto & Rockefeller (Bush/clinton/rumsfled & more); the soap contains more chemicals to harm; as does your shampoo, & conditioner; your toothpaste, your mouthwash, your coffee, milk, cheese etc; this is “normal” ONLY in the USA; consider tobacco: 4000 chmeicals in smoke was put there at request of the Gov; who putting “science” first, flooded the media with FALSE information backed up by FALSE so called “doctors”; seeing it on TV, on the radio, in print: so called “authorities” telling you “butter” was bad; margarine so much better; etc etc etc; cuz every thing from food chain on down in arena of life is geared for $ for them: the chemicals put $ into their pockets; the CORPS you MUST buy from also; when ill the “payment” to “make you well”; insurance companies do not have to honor any coverage paid for; it STOPS the moment you get ill; all per Fed law; not about population control at all; it’s about POCKETBOOKS: making it overflow as forcing the PEOPLE to PAY; 600,000 xs the COST at generic $4.00 rate; why would they EVER harm their pocketbooks for “health coverage”? or do ANYTHING for social need instead of GREED? “democracy” it is NOT; for the PEOPLE it is NOT; all “regulated” so NO ONE ever has to be held accountable for ANYTHING; exploitation is the “way” “democracy” works? it is ORGANIZED CRIME folks; masquerading as “democracy”; with “judges” backing it up; as Scalia said YOU wrote the laws to the PEOPLE; in reality; they CHANGE them whenever they so choose; that is the reason for the HOUSING crisis; set up deliberately with malicious intent for THIS time; “for the greater good” of THEIR pocketbooks;
The “pandemic” was set up; they have had plastic caskets made for several years; see: RICO laws would mean THEY LOSE IT ALL; and that of course, can never be; just like AIDS brings them trillions (they released it & have the antidote) medical fact: Edwards out of wedlock child; Clinton’s semen on M L’s dress; to STOP the pandemic: simply get some blood samples from politicians & other “wealthy” who do NOT pay taxes: and make a serum; same with aids;

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By C. Curtis Dillon, June 17, 2009 at 12:03 am Link to this comment
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That anyone is surprised at the direction of the current health care debate is an indication of how naive we truly are.  I am amazed when someone tells me that all the politicians except theirs are corrupt ... I just want to laugh.  I once thought Chris Dodd was a good guy because his office helped me a few times but no more.  He is, just like Lieberman and all the others, a corrupt bastard who puts his personal condition above all those he pretends to represent.

But this malaise goes far deeper than just health care.  This country has fallen into a terrible hole that it probably will never crawl out of.  Our corrupt system, based on the most vicious form of capitalism one can imagine, has been shot in the head by the very forces that claim to be saving us.  Big corporations that only worry about their bottom line, politicians who go through the motions of caring about us and media that only scratches the surface of most stories because they don’t want to upset an advertiser or source.  Everywhere we look is the same rot and malaise.  We are powerless to do anything.  You want to fire these guys ... a whole group of new crooks will gladly line up to replace them.  There is so much money to be made in Washington that we will see no lack of candidates willing to apply for the job.  When I was much younger, we had a fellow running for congress in my northern California district.  His name was Pete McCluskey.  Anyone remember him?  He campaigned on the tired, old line of fresh blood in congress and new ideas.  2 years later he was campaigning on experience and the connections he had.  And, like all those before him, he turned into a crook.

People, American politics is a scam.  Even if someone goes to Washington with the best of intentions, the massive sums of money floating around that town corrupts them and they no longer care about us.  Unfortunately, only those who are already very rich (like Ted Kennedy) seem immune to the greed and corrosive influence of all that money.

There should be no compromise on health care.  Sweep all the greedy bastards off the table.  This debate should be about how best to serve the only customers in the room ... the patients.  I don’t give a damn about what the doctors think, or the insurance companies or big Pharma ... none of them should have a say here.  The congress must do what is best for us and and everyone else can scramble to find a way to survive or perish.  Anything less is a concession to greed and that is unacceptable.

The caption on this comment should be “Nero fiddles, Rome burns!”

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By rockinrobin, June 16, 2009 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment
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Bush/clinton/monsanto/canola oil; also has a “pharmacia”; many other indeed ALL politicians have LARGE amounts of stock in this & in “phara” which Rockefeller owns 93 percent of; the AGENDA of this “political” system in the USA is simple: it is CRIMINAL; claiming “exploitation” is the “way” democracy works: exploitation is the targeting & harming for person profit & gain; it is a CRIME. A nation of “law” but changing law; whenever they CHOOSE to do so backed up by a judicial system who like Antonin Scalia after a meeting, with him as guest of honor, looks into the cameras and says “YOU wrote the laws” with sneering contempt for us the PEOPLE.
THERE is NO DIFFERENCE folks in left/right/dem/rep that is all smoke screens & charades; to MISLEAD and DECEIVE the PEOPLE cuz it ALL is about PUBLIC PERCEPTION; ABC is giving the CORP to the GOV; big surprize there; it is all false images, false reports, any way on the “national” news;
The PEOPLE get a law passed; energy companies HAVE to list COST; lowest electric bill in years; I call to find out why & THAT is what I was told; Kulengouski, Oregon Gov, jumps on it like white on rice & escalates the bill; raising it & raising it & raising it; the NBC TV station says yes, we know about it; we discussed it & are NOT going to do a segment re this; Now the bills are $300 for folks without even electric heating!
FREEDOM in the USA is the FREEDOM for anyone anywhere to do whatever they choose: such as our Congress does repeatedly: working WITH CORPS to ENSLAVE the PEOPLE: SQUEEZING out farms, etc; forcing you to buy from THEM only: this is “free” trade; FAIR trade helps the FARMERS and the ENVIRONMENT; not ONE single environment law is being enforced nor are any agencies doing what they are supposed to be doing; http://www.publicintegrity.org;
Trying HARD to fulfill Hitler’s agenda in the world; world dominion using CORPS in every nation; bribing heads of countries to ‘do it their way” have all the $ you will ever want/need; do whatever you want whenever you want however you want & never be brought to justice! THIS is the AMERICAN WAY! (of GOV)mentality of course is THE PEOPLE MUST PAY!

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By KDelphi, June 16, 2009 at 9:16 pm Link to this comment

Thanks Amy, I saw it on DN too…

Nobody expected GOP to do anything about this disaster, but, most thought that Dems would. But, as Dr. Howard Dean said, if this is the best they can do, they would do better to leave it alone. Has anyone looked at the figures for the Massachuset5ts plan???

Its hard to imagine cutting Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, while they keep bailing out bank execs…unbelievable. But, ‘Merkins will take it, because they think that they are “free”. Free to die with their rights on…

I wonder if its MONEY.???

We have “new blood”, who absolutely refuses to push for anything that will change the status quo.
Pres. Obama has been cowardly on this one, to the extreme.
Obama has a very high approval rating right now—he has the House and the Senate, He could do anything he wanted to do.

Both parties should be ashamed, but they wont be. And they will all get voted back in, because the damn GOP will run Romney or Gingrich, and , of course, we cant support a Third Party or the planet will disintegrate.

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By jacksmith, June 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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AMERICA’S NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY!

It’s official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.

STAND READY AMERICA TO SEIZE CONTROL OF YOUR NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.

We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

Progressive democrats and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and demand that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans don’t even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

God Bless You

Jacksmith – WORKING CLASS

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By knobcreekfarmer, June 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

Heard this today on DN. Just discussing. Can’t we fire the whole lot?

Some argue that we need experience in Washington. That new blood, rookies, don’t know the ropes and nothing will get done. I say its the old bought off bunch that keeps us at nothing getting done and rookies are bound to do better. Fire them all! They work for us.

What has happened to this country? The right blames the left. The left blames the right… As long as we keep fighting they keep getting into our pockets and there isn’t much more than lent to take these days. But they are taking it.

Isn’t it about time for another revolution?

Thanks Amy, Never let up!

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