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Posted on Feb 4, 2010

By Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The following is a message from Rep. Kucinich to his supporters.

We should pay careful attention to the message of the Massachusetts election. And that message is to focus on the economy. To make sure that we have jobs programs that can put millions of people back to work. To make sure that we have programs to help those one-out-of-every-three Americans, who is upside down on their mortgages, to save their homes. To make sure we protect people’s investments, their savings and their retirement security.

The verdict in Massachusetts was a verdict on the overall economy. But it was also a commentary on how the entire health care debate was flipped upside down by insurance interests who were able to intervene so that the final product that was offered out of the Senate was nothing more than a sell-out to the insurance industry.

We can still have health care reform in America. We need to take a short-term and a longer-term view. On the short-term: We need to take away the antitrust exemption that insurance companies have. We need to make sure, on the short-term, that we can see everyone with a pre-existing condition have access to insurance. There are things that we can do with single-initiatives to help regain the momentum on health care.

And for the longer-term: The answer is “Medicare for All.” The answer was never to continue to give the insurance companies one out of every three dollars in our health care system. We’ll talk more about that later. But what we need to do is regain the initiative in our nation to create millions of jobs putting America back to work rebuilding our roads, our bridges, our water systems, our sewer systems—millions of jobs with an initiative called the Works Green Administration that will help with the design, engineering, manufacture, installation and maintenance of tens of millions in wind and solar micro technologies. We have so many different ways that we can get our economy moving again.

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But we have to challenge Wall Street. We have to challenge the banks. We cannot let the banks continue to hoard capital while businesses on Main Street are starving for investment. We cannot let the banks continue to pay huge bonuses while at the same time the American people are struggling to make ends meet. And those bonuses were financed with tax-free money and interest-free money that the banks were able to get access to.

We got to get a grip on things in Washington and start remembering who sent us to Washington and why. We were sent there to try to make the reality of government of the people, instead it’s been a government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations. And this is a problem that affects people in both parties.

So let’s regain the initiative. Let’s take the tremendous wellspring of support, which we received from the American people a year ago, and use it to help repair the economic lives of our people. And when we do that, and we have time to do that, we will see that the people, finally, will again show confidence in the political process.


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By RenZo, February 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

dear bozh

I apologize for not being specific nor precise. I do not think YOU are naïve, nor precisely your recommendations. I should have said that things are much worse than you seem to admit,  and indeed a large percentage of the US population is already financially indentured (enslaved, in serfdom) to the aristocratic corporatists. Many, many more of us will follow, if things continue in current directions.

To be direct and clear I would say that it is naïve to hope that Americans still, or again, will have the knowledge, awareness, cohesion, and political will to change the system we live in. Rather I suspect that the latest Supreme Court ruling will allow total domination of the elections at local, state and federal levels by corporate interests. Free will does NOT exist where there is no free speech. The Supreme Court, paradoxically, in supporting the free speech of corporations has made corporate speech the only speech audible. Corporatist (neo-corps)  money now buys loudspeakers for all of them, and we must whisper to ourselves.

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By RenZo, February 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

dear liecatcher,
I know. I have previously stated here and in other blogs that this current nadir of Cultural Hegemony was described and predicted by Antonio Gramsci while rotting in the fascist (i.e. corporatist) prisons of Mussolini’s Italy in the 1920’s and 30’s.
Some even contend, with at least reasonable likelihood that the NEO CONS (or more accurately the NEO CORPORATISTS, ‘NEO-CORPS’) based their whole political existence on Gramsci’s theories and observations. Ironically, Gramsci was at least a socialist, and perhaps a communist (but Italian communists are very co-operative and civilized).
But I essentially agree with you. We could start the long take over by asserting influence at the local school board level, the same way the NEO-CORPS did in the seventies.

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By liecatcher, February 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment

How to Fix Health Care After Massachusetts  
Posted on Feb 4, 2010 By Rep. Dennis Kucinich

TO: RenZo, February 7 at 7:42 pm

” Americans have not recently, if ever, been, as a
whole population, well educated. That leaves a narrow
rind of intellectuals at the top to guide them. “

Hey RenZo:

Permit me to elaborate on you excellent comment.

The numbing & dumbing down of America leading to its
enslavement is not an accident or coincidence, but
rather the result of careful planning & execution by
generations of illuminati
whose goal is to enslave the world. These elitists
control the media, have unlimited resources & think
tank propaganda experts who brainwash the masses
while pretending to offer unbiased information.
MIPIC,e.g., MEDICAL INSURANCE PHARMACEUTICAL
INDUSTRIAL CONSPIRACY, has convinced the populace
that its products & services are needed to : 
breathe, eat, sleep, defecate, pass gas, prevent
flatus, lower cholesterol, lose weight, overcome
anxiety, etc.,etc. And, once hooked on their powders,
pills, potions, vaccines & other concoctions, MIPIC
owns them from cradle to grave & they become easily
“guided” sheeple.

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By RenZo, February 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

John Ellis - you assume, I think, too much deliberation and choice in what Americans “elect”. I think the populace is uneducated and poor. These conditions were thrust upon them by educated, thinking wealthy leisured classes.
Education endows people with the ability to make informed choices, shape their own values and live better lives. Americans have not recently, if ever, been, as a whole population, well educated. That leaves a narrow rind of intellectuals at the top to guide them. Like you.

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By bozh, February 7, 2010 at 8:15 am Link to this comment
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Dear renzo,
I cannot properly respond to u because i don’t know what part[s] of my post is naive to u. Is it my sugestion that americans form another party? Or is my suggestion americans change the basics of the sytem of rule?
And in US basicly not differnent than in former fuedal societies? Ruled by warlords and other despots?

I have shortened my name from bozhidar to bozh. Bozhidar means god’s gift. Only croats and serbs use it, i believe. thanks for ur imput!

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By RenZo, February 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment

dear bozh,
Other readers may not understand that you nickname is Croatian for “GOD”. I thought I would clue them in.
RenZo

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By RenZo, February 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment

dear bozh,
I appreciate the purity of your wish that things would be different. I think your solution is naive. Look for Antonio Gramsci and his explanations of Cultural Hegemony, which he described from fascist prisons in Italy in the 20s and 30s. The banking class of society (the aristocrats, the plutocrats) have been exerting such Cultural Hegemony over the proletariat and the bourgeoisie (soon to become proles also) for at least thirty years, likely more. That must be neutralized by social change, whether by revolution or slow determined scratching at it over years and years. Neither is likely in the US until hunger, poverty, misery are far more advanced. It is coming. But so is eternity.

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By bozh, February 6, 2010 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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Some of us have over the last 10k yrs complaimed ab the rule by the nobles. Until very recently, we have failed to change the basic structure of governance in most countries.

As we have seen with naked eyes, blaming pols or pleading with them to change this and that had not changed the system.
The present system in US allows cosmetic changes only.

So let’s stop criticism of individuals and start the study of the structure of governance; including a study how and why present system functions and how to change it to be more beneficial to all americans.

As far as i know, neither nader nor kucinich have to date pointed out that changing the system may be the only way to stop present tyranny by US plutos.

Seems to me that if americans wld establish a second political party;only demanding universal health care, right to be informed, and educated, the present system wld foreever been broken or significantly changed if plutos wld not resort to violence against the new party.

A new party, whether in effect second or third, wld attract also people known as Right and not just the Left.
In canada, most most people who vote federally for war parties love canadian health care; probably want even more of it. tnx

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By Vern, February 6, 2010 at 9:46 am Link to this comment
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So Dennis wants us to stop sending 1 dollar out of three to the insurance companies and what? OH YEAH, SEND IT TO THE GOVERNMENT INSTEAD????

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Insurance companies bring one thing to the fold that Government cannot, will not, and never will. They bring cost controls. We might not like the tactics they choose, but guess what? The GOVERNMENT was onece again regulated this industry so much that the only things they have left to control cost is to deny coverage.

Now we want to complain about that. Guess what, the GOVERNMENT will control your costs if you let this bill pass. How well does that work out?

The dims think that the only way to have healthcare reform is to have the Government take it over. I think there are other ways, and many republicans do too. I know people are going to ask why the republicans did not do anything about it sooner, and I know the answer to that. It is centered around the beating you see the democrats rightfully taking right now.

This is the second time the democrats will be defeated on healthcare reform, there will not be a third.

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By ofersince72, February 5, 2010 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

Dennis, we are all hypocrits in one sense or another.
You ran on the peace platform.
your affiliation with the Dems made you vote for
a president that ran on escalation of war and funding.

A super duper delegate of the Democratic Party.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment

glider, February 5 at 3:52 am #

Inherit the Wind,

On the contrary it is you who do not understand DK’s views.

Under the single payer that DK favors the hospitals you refer to would be reimbursed.  Your contention that they will go bankrupt in 5 years if we don’t pass this sellout bill amounts to extortion, lacks context, and is a dubious claim to boot.

DK and most people don’t argue that throwing trillions of dollars of middle class dollars to elite Banksters “worked” to save their asses.  The little detail you gloss over is that it was a massive sellout of the public that could have been done far cheaper and in a way where the banksters would of been held accountable.  Instead it was not and people of your ilk are now saying under present circumstances it is not reasonable to demand more of them.  Well, that is what proper government should be capable of fixing in spite of the “ironclad” agreements you want them to hide behind now.  They created the laws that made this crime “legal” and if they want to change and represent the people they can force justice.  However, you can relax, your preferred scumbags have bought of “our” representatives and you have little to worry about.
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Actually, had you READ what I wrote you wouldn’t have been so absurd.

I am directly quoting the person who is considered the best health care and hospital analyst on Wall Street, who has been right on the HC and hospitals more times than you can DREAM of, who argued during 2008 that Obama NEEDED to endorse a Medicare or Medicaid single-payer plan and who was consulted by BOTH Ted Kennedy and Bill Frist at the same time.

Sure, I AGREE with DK that we need single payer. I SAID SO, had you read it.  But NO plan (the GOP goal) is far worse than even this shitty Senate one.  Yes. I KNOW the Senate plan is shitty—I’ve railed against the Dims for catering to Nelson, Bayh, Lieberman and Snowe on it.  I’d REALLY like the House to simply say “You don’t have the votes for YOUR plan. So take ours instead which is far better anyway and FORCE it through!”

Like it or not, the bail-out and the stim plan ARE working.  Were there better ways? Sure! But they didn’t fail, and that’s a fact.  And put the blame where it belongs.

Get your mind out of dogma and start looking at facts, even ones you don’t like.  Face reality.  It may hurt but it will free your mind.

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By RenZo, February 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

Tao Walker’s analogy of the richest in their lifeboats paddling away from the wreck is not too far from the truth. There will always, they think, be poor people around to make their beds.

Circumstances before the French Revolution in France and circumstances today in America are quite similar: the main difference are that most of us still have food (junk food, but food). “Qu’ils mangent des brioches!” is actually what she said. The other difference is that, as (Antonio) Gramsci pointed out in the twenties and thirties from fascist prisons in Italy, the bankers have the media now, and the cultural hegemony of the supposedly shared ethic of “America the great, the beautiful, the brave, the good, the fair, the just, etc.” This makes resistance very very unlikely.

But, really, think back a little over one hundred years ago, when America, all of America, co-operated in the systematic genocide of indigenous people. Or think a bit on slavery, that long celebrated American custom that caused the worst war in our history to stop it, and still divides us. These charming events were not the exception, they were then and still are seen as fulfillment of our (white man) destiny.

America is deluded. Crazy Horse lead his warriors to death, and was perhaps the last native American to resist, shouting Hokahey.

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By liecatcher, February 5, 2010 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment

How to Fix Health Care After Massachusetts  
Posted on Feb 4, 2010 By Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Rep. Kucinich:

Wants us to believe two things.
He is the only virgin in the whore house.
That health can be purchased or provided for by
others.
Unfortunately, he isn’t the only one who knows
nothing about health
but offers “expert” advice on how to acquire it.
The human body is about about 2/3 water. Folks would
be hard pressed
to find clean water anywhere in the U.S., & the water
supplies are getting
worse. So when I say health starts with respect for
Mother Earth, don’t
think I’ve lost my mind. Finding a low I.Q.  state
with corrupt politicians
to accept radio active waste & or allow King Coal to
destroy pristine
lands & permanently poison water supplies are just
two obvious examples
of shitting where we eat / live. The movies “ERIN
BROCKOVICH” & “FIRE
DOWN BELOW” speak volumes about jobs at any cost &
the real costs
of polluting Mother Earth.
The academic formula for health is: a moderate diet
consisting of nutritious
foods prepared at home; balanced exercise (aerobic &
weight bearing), &
sufficient rest. I’ve added drinking clean water &
wearing comfortable shoes.
Among other things, we are what we eat. A documentary
by Michael Pollen
about our food supply & how McDonalds has enslaved
farmers to grow a
particular potato for the masses who eat McDonalds’
french fries. This variety
of potato requires massive amounts of fertilizer &
water. The poisoning of the
water table hasn’t stopped the process.
If you haven’t gotten the point by what I’ve said
thus far, then I;m sorry I wasted
your time. For those folks addicted to the various
legal chemicals such as caffeine,
tobacco, alcohol, sugar, & the countless prescription
drugs you consume so that
you can eat, sleep, breathe, & defecate, I wasn’t
reaching out to you or your
offspring since monkey see monkey do.
The irony is that the indigenous people our slave owning founding fathers
genocided had respect for Mother Earth & lived in harmony with nature.
Now that we’ve been shocked & awed by the fascists running the White House,
we are killing ourselves.

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By TAO Walker, February 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm Link to this comment

So even as the titanic U.S. eCONomy sinks toward the bottom, those clinging to its doomed hulk go on arguing about better ‘access’ to the infirmary, and ‘healthier choices’ in the dining room….oh yeah, and those cheap imitation plastic substitutes for a real Human Life known as “jobs jobs jobs.”  Meantime, the officers, owners, and first-class passengers have already cleaned-out the safe and are boarding the lifeboats they believe will take them safely away from the disaster they are theirownselfs so instrumental in bringing-about….ship-of-fools, indeed.   

“Better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone….O the times they are a-changing.”

HokaHey!

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By ofersince72, February 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

Samson

do you realize everything that is going to have to
fall in place to do that….?

The ignorant voters will all go tea bagging…
What media is going to support what you say??

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By Samson, February 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

We should remember the old Kennedy family motto.

DON’T GET MAD.
GET EVEN!

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By Samson, February 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

What we need to do is to give Mr. Kucinich more allies in Congress.

In 2010, lets defeat and retire every single member of the House who doesn’t support his proposals.  And a full 1/3 of that awful Senate.

Kick the bums out.  Get some new bums in.  Politicians are very adaptable creatures, they’ll see which way the political winds are blowing and pass Mr. Kucinich’s proposal quickly.

We need to challenge every Dem in the primaries who doesn’t support this proposal.

In every general election race where neither the Dem nor Repub supports this proposal, we need to be running an independent candidate that does.

And, since Pelosi is one of the bums that will be kicked out under this initiative, maybe Kucinich will have enough new support to make him speaker!

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By Bud, February 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment
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I have given up on trying to reason with any politician.The Democrats are so incompetent and devoid of leadership that I probably will not vote in the mid term elections.I am sixty eight years o0ld and have never missed voting in ANY election.I guess that I have just given up on the United States of America.The democratic party is about as relevant as a fart in a den of skunks!!

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By badger_stripe, February 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

Most progressive countries spend less than we do also have lower infant mortality and longer life expectancy—they get more for their money.

So, we’re spending too much for the value we receive. It is not being spent on the salaries of health care workers. Most of them are run off their feet now, so those jobs won’t go away. In fact, we might actually hire enough nurses that you’d get your pain meds on time.

We would have a minor surge of layoffs among the insurance company accountants, drug reps,etc. Another bunch in the secondary industries servicing the executives—yacht salespeople, etc.

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By RenZo, February 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

Action, not posturing, polemics and policy picking. Coherent dedication to the working class. The italian constitution is “founded on labor”, which is what builds a nation, fits the rebar, pours the cement, and puts money in banks. Does any american understand that bankers are parasitic, by nature, and that we give them the reins of our government. America, why can’t you wake up?

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By Dan Koral, February 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment
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“In a democracy, people usually get the kind of government they deserve,

and they deserve what they get.”

Hunter Thompson   1970

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By ofersince72, February 5, 2010 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

Pelosi kisses the Blue Dog caucas’ ass

She laughs at the progressive caucas..  why don’t
you all hold up legislation just like the
blue dogs do????

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By ofersince72, February 5, 2010 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

Inherit the Wind,  I am happy for you, you do have
a knight in shining armor…...

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By ofersince72, February 5, 2010 at 11:03 am Link to this comment

I totally agree with MALEK

Dennis, how can you even stomach the Democrat Party?
I believe that I may have supported you for the
last time….I have sent contributions out of district to keep you in office…NO MORE!!!!!!!!

I wouldn’t vote for you , Barbara Lee or any of the
other Democrats that profess to be a progressive!!!

I would like you to speak a little about the
Iowa caucas if you would sir.

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By jazzguyal, February 5, 2010 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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You go Seabiscuit!

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By RenZo, February 5, 2010 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

Dear king (“malek”)
I clearly see the dialectic stance in calling DK a part of the problem, but without him and, let’s see, ummmh who else might be, ummmmh, oh yeah - without him and Grayson, there would be NO SANITY at all in the Democratic Party. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY “SOCIALISM” sounds so bad to thinking people. Ay, there’s the rub, thinking people. Americans watch so much opinion on TV that they have stopped deciding for themselves. Like my dissent from your opinion, I neither totally agree nor disagree with you, and I have explained it. On TV it is “Wrong” or “Right”, “Left” or “Right”, nuances are rare on reality TV. Comedic farce most of the time.

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By badger_stripe, February 5, 2010 at 9:55 am Link to this comment

The artist of the possible speaks!

I think we need to remember that Health Care IS a jobs issue. I can take you to a half dozen small business owner who say they’d be all right if it weren’t for health care.

And if small businesses are the way out of the recession, then I can point to another couple dozen qualified people who would start businesses, but stay where they are for the health care.

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By malek, February 5, 2010 at 9:11 am Link to this comment

dennis, you keep saying what “we” need to do. “we” the voters have given democrats the presidency & majorities in the house & senate. and instead of “change,” things are getting progressively worse.

dennis, the power brokers within the democratic party could care less about your views; you have zero influence; they disrespect you and you willing allow them to use you.  it took a while,  but i finally see   your real role within the party.

you are very good at diffusing & controlling dissent. your job is keep alienated voters within the party, without their interests being represented,  by promoting the illusionary “hope” of reforming it. you sometimes strongly criticize the party, but during the election season, you will endorse and campaign for the most vile democratic party candidates. and you will criticize 3rd party options.

in my view dennis, you’re as much a part of the problem as Obama, Lieberman, Max Baucus, H. Reid, etc.  you’re their enabler and are an obstacle to meaningful “change.”

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By bozh, February 5, 2010 at 8:27 am Link to this comment
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Kucinich probably knows the following truth but omits it in this piece:
No one shld profit from treating medicly people! ALL people shld profit from it and equally!

The main causative factor in creation of illnesses and other human ‘shortcomings’[means nature cld care less ab that]is our common genetic pool.

Other factors that cause illnesses are pollution, bad food we eat, drugs, sedentary life, stress, angst, etc.

I do not see why people cannot self-insure! Or share equally of what there is available for health care, housing, food, etc.

I propose that kucinich, nader, et al form a political party that wld respect these basic rights i just listed.
If things are left to a political entity that splits in two, three, four factions over taxes and other minor issues and becomes one party when it comes to denying these rights or waging wars, one can expect even worsening let alone the standstill! tnx

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By RenZo, February 5, 2010 at 8:04 am Link to this comment

Gerard, as I have seen before, speaks most cogently about the reality of the ONE mess that is our “government”. In fact Congress is a showboat for would be movie stars with speaking skills. Their audience is big money (you can all name them), and their goal is to get elected and re-elected for the benefits (!?). We comply, and are complicit.

There will be no equitable health care in the US until there is universal coverage with no qualifications or exceptions.

Why was the French Revolution so much more successful than the original, the first, the American Revolution. Why do the french have “liberté, egalité, fraternité”, while we don’t. Find out!

The central truth of the total dysfunctionality of the American dream society is that rightist forces (yup, ‘big money’ you can name’em) have control of the input into every mind in the US. They have almost total domination of the MEDIA. We have become the Ed Show,the quintessential reality show itself. It’s not just “news” broadcasts. It’s everything they broadcast. We are scripted, rehearsed and edited. We allow it to happen.

We can protest and solve the problem by reacting appropriately to the root cause. Turn off corporate media. Turn off your TVs and radios stop your newspapers. Make it local, a community campaign. Block by block. Get out and walk. Get out and talk to your neighbors. Relight the social movement of the seventies. Turn off, zoom in, talk about it.

    ! DOWN WITH CORPORATE MEDIA !

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By glider, February 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm Link to this comment

Inherit the Wind,

On the contrary it is you who do not understand DK’s views.

Under the single payer that DK favors the hospitals you refer to would be reimbursed.  Your contention that they will go bankrupt in 5 years if we don’t pass this sellout bill amounts to extortion, lacks context, and is a dubious claim to boot.

DK and most people don’t argue that throwing trillions of dollars of middle class dollars to elite Banksters “worked” to save their asses.  The little detail you gloss over is that it was a massive sellout of the public that could have been done far cheaper and in a way where the banksters would of been held accountable.  Instead it was not and people of your ilk are now saying under present circumstances it is not reasonable to demand more of them.  Well, that is what proper government should be capable of fixing in spite of the “ironclad” agreements you want them to hide behind now.  They created the laws that made this crime “legal” and if they want to change and represent the people they can force justice.  However, you can relax, your preferred scumbags have bought of “our” representatives and you have little to worry about.

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By Inherit The Wind, February 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment

As usual, DK has pretty good ideas, his heart in the right place, and pointing in the right direction.

And, as usual, he understands only about half.  What he misses, is that if NO health plan happens, 1000 hospitals will disappear in 5 years that are now close to the brink.  Many of them are the largest employer in their town or city and with their demise will come a HUGE loss of the jobs in them, plus ALL the repercussions that their collapse will bring. 

DK doesn’t understand that hospitals are NOT insurance companies and therefore should NOT be the insurer of last resort—which they are because they are forced to treat EVERYONE in their emergency rooms—but aren’t paid for it.

Sure, it’s not that hard to figure out that the single payer plan should be an expansion of Medicare, Medicaid, or the Federal plan for Federal workers.

But DK STILL doesn’t understand the bail-out, the stimulus and the fact that they DID work, are working, even if not as well as we like.  Nobody LIKES that AIG is paying bonuses, but the contracts they are paying them under are iron-clad.  And since AIG managed to NOT go into bankruptcy, unlike GM and Chrysler, they weren’t able to force renegotiation of those contracts. 

Yeah, it stinks, but you have to lay that on Bush and his Goldman, Sachs advisers who wanted a) To keep AIG alive or Goldman would fail as well and b) to kill Lehman Bros.

I agree, Dennis Kucinich should be in the White House: Once a month to have dinner with President Obama.

That’s to give him outsider views that may help keep the President’s vision clearer.

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By gerard, February 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment

“So let’s regain the initiative. Let’s take the tremendous wellspring of support, which we received from the American people a year ago, and use it to help repair the economic lives of our people.” (quote from Mr. Kucinich above)

Yes, but specifically how?  To “regain initiative” we need 1.  Leadershiop 2. Access to media 3. Financing 4.  Articulate spokespersons 5. Community and neighborhood organizing beyond class and status 5. Democratic decision making among an cooperating constituencies 6 A democratically decided program, statement of purpose, goals and methods. 
  Quite do-able.  But whare are we on a scale from 1 to 10:  Beginning to think about it?  About ready to start?  Lacking only in leadership?  Lacking in will, belief and unity? Too confused?  Too scared/angry?  Too hopeless?  Too disappointed to care?  Too scattered by stress and other important needs? Other?
  What might be the first step?  The second?  What might happen if we ....?  All such questions and more desperately need attention.  Who will ask them?  When?  And How?

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By Aarky, February 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment
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I have asked both my US Senators from Arkansas to vote against any health reform bill as it stands. I certainly feel as Kucinich, that as present, the reform is basically worthless. As yet I have not heard one Democratic member of Congress point out that many millions of the voters in this country vote Republican but don’t have insurance and will suffer and die early just like Democrats. What the Hell is wrong that they don’t point out the obvious?

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By iopine, February 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

When will the progressives have their Free Party! Rep Kucinich your inivited, but
could you set a date and place. The left need to get busy. I concur with
Anderson about the democratic party. I was initially a Kucinich supporter of the
democratic presidential slate, and while your policy inclinations are superior to
Obamas , you too would have had scant luck getting anything thru, the only
way is to mobilize the people and then maybe you have a shot. Remember how
Winston Smith would romanticize about the working people just needing to
wake up and shake themselves and everything else with it and there would be
no resistance but they never do wake up, ( although we’re up). I voted for
Obama because he was seeming special , and he is the only democrat president
candidate Ive ever voted for and the last. The tea partiers are talking about
getting control of the local republican party apparatus does this strategy have
legs rep Kucinich. Any lastly the left needs to develop a pitch to the right
working people many of them would be on the left if there was a left , mr
Kucinich , maybe you should stop wasting yourself in the democratic party. I
appeal to your humanity to consider the possibilities of being a real movement
leader. Stop giving the democratic party the cover that somehow they represent
your ideas and inclinations. Unless your desire is to thwart the development of
a real independent and strong left. I m getting paranoid here! Come on when is
our Free Party, and we will invite some tea party people and have a dialog and
really scare the establishment then maybe they will do something. FDR did nt
do anything until he thought the country was headed to major social upheaval.

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By Ron Ranft, February 4, 2010 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment
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Dennis, I think you are one of the few good guys left in the government, however, on this one you are wrong. You know it and I know it and most Americans know that first of all the only solution both short term and long term is a Single Payer Health Care System that includes dental, mental and eye care. Second, you cannot separate the health issue from the economy or jobs issue. They are intertwined. And Americans no longer see their government as representing them. While Congress screams about the recent Supreme Court decision, inside they are happy as rats who’ve found a round of cheese. I remember you and others saying that there were 180 people in Congress who were for single payer. Then they said they were for the public option, and now they say, this is the best we can do so accept it and let’s move on.

We are supposed to buy a car reinvented by people who can force us to buy their product which is a car with on 2 of 12 cylinders working, 1 of 9 gears, square wheels and no steering wheel or seats and they tell us not to worry that they will fix it later. As long as they can force us to buy it they don’t have to ever make it work and they won’t. They being Congress.

I know that the government is the only institution that can save us from the sharks. Unfortunately for us the sharks are now in charge. The People have to change how elections are funded and votes counted by putting more good guys and gals in charge. Until we do we will always get the short straw or the poke in the eye with a sharp stick as my Dad used to say.

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By FRTothus, February 4, 2010 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment

This man should be in the White House.

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By G.Anderson, February 4, 2010 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment

Dear Mr. Kucinich, I like your political message, I like what you say. You may view me as being too cynical, however, I think it would be beter to be realistic about our situation than believe in hopeful, if only dreams.

There is never going to be real health care reform, there will never be real banking reform, real credit card reform, or student loan reform. And the reason is, that our country no longer has a representative Democracy.

So what the people want, what they need, no longer matters to those in charge, and those in charge are not who we vote for, I mean those in charge of the people we vote for.

I know you are not like that, but there aren’t enough congressmen or senators anymore that are like you to make much of a difference.

The politics that you represent, the political process of this country, is no longer a force for change, or reform. It’s time people understand this, so they can think about what they want to do next.

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