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Posted on Jan 21, 2010
White House / Pete Souza

By Eugene Robinson

If President Obama has decided to give up on health care reform, he should just come out and say so. Then we could all get on with our lives—those of us with health insurance, that is. But I don’t see how his talk about some sort of slimmed-down package, reduced to its “core elements,” could possibly inspire Democrats in Congress to do anything but run for the hills.

Republican Scott Brown’s victory Tuesday in Massachusetts, grabbing the Senate seat that was held for decades by the late Ted Kennedy, left Democrats rattled. Actually, frantic would be a better word. Thus far, Obama has said nothing that would help calm the waters—or help the party get out of what now can officially be called the Health Care Mess. If anything, Obama is making it messier.

In an interview Wednesday with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Obama said this about health care: “I would advise that we try to move quickly to coalesce around those elements of the package that people agree on.” He said that we have to keep insurance companies from “taking advantage of people,” that we have to contain costs, and that we have to give small businesses help to provide health insurance to their employees.

That’s all well and good. But there is already a measure on the table that would do these things—the bill passed on Christmas Eve by the Senate. Now that the Democrats no longer have a filibuster-proof majority, it is all but inconceivable that the Senate could produce a new bill with all those elements. And it’s not possible to do health care reform a la carte.

One thing that “people agree on” is prohibiting the insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions. But doing that in isolation would cause insurance premiums to skyrocket. To make it work, you need a mandate that forces everyone—including millions of young, healthy people—to buy insurance, thus effectively subsidizing the older, sicker people whom the insurance companies would be forced to cover. But if you make low-income and moderate-income people buy health insurance, you have to give them financial assistance because otherwise they can’t afford it.

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Later in the interview, Obama acknowledged this chain of “interconnected” imperatives that any workable health reform package would have to accommodate. And why shouldn’t the House just pass the Senate bill?

“I think it is very important for the House to make its determinations,” Obama said. “I think, right now, they’re feeling obviously unsettled and there were a bunch of provisions in the Senate bill that they didn’t like, and so I can’t force them to do that.”

Would a full-court press by the president have been able to cajole or coerce the House into passing a reform bill that many in the Democratic caucus consider insufficiently progressive? It looks as if we’ll never know. On Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi flatly declared that for now, at least, she cannot find the 218 votes needed to pass the Senate bill.

“I’m not going to get into the legislative strategy,” Obama said in the ABC interview. That has been the White House approach all along, and it managed to bring meaningful health care reform legislation closer to final passage than ever before. But close doesn’t count: Reform didn’t make it across the finish line.

Yet.

Pay no attention to the Cheshire Cat claims by Republicans that they’d love to cooperate on a bipartisan reform bill. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has already ruled out modifying the current bill, insisting that the Senate has to start the process from scratch. There remains another way, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., mentioned it Thursday: Pass a reasonable reform package using the parliamentary tactic known as budget reconciliation, which would require only a simple majority of 51 to get through the Senate rather than a supermajority of 60.

The problem with budget reconciliation is that it would require considerable intestinal fortitude on the part of nervous Democratic senators following the Massachusetts result, even though it left them with an 18-vote majority. I don’t know if that courage can be summoned. I’m certain that it won’t be if the message from President Obama is: “Whatever.”

The president can surrender and blame Republicans for killing health care reform yet again, or he can fight tooth and nail on behalf of the 46 million Americans who remain uninsured. But he has to do one or the other. He can’t do both.

Eugene Robinson’s e-mail address is eugenerobinson(at)washpost.com.

© 2010, Washington Post Writers Group


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By Travel Insurance USA, May 15, 2012 at 12:17 am Link to this comment

I think the President should make good his word and continue to fight for the healthcare reform, as many Americans still do not have insurance coverage, and possibly cannot afford to do so. That poses a long term problem in the nation as it means that these people will be plagued and bogged down by their medical bills in the future.

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By Carl, January 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment

Will Obama Fight for Health Care Reform?

No. Doesn’t anyone read the news!

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By the worm, January 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment

obama will ‘fight for health care reform’ only if it makes money for the health
insurance industry and big pharma. Obama has not governed with the public
interest foremost in his policy and decision making, and he is not likely to begin
now. He is simply a pawn of the status quo and will remain so until replaced in
the 2012.

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By Steve E, January 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

Excellent point Pundaint.

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By pundaint, January 25, 2010 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

I am now just waiting for Obama to leave office.  I hope he loses a
primary challenge, but I will believe in Change I can vote for, by voting
against this democratic poseur, and those who would ally with him.

I demand a left wing Democratic Party, and will allow Republicans to hold
the offices until left wing Democrats can be found.  The experiment with
right-wing Democrats has proven to be a failure and they must be
purged.

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By Alan MacDonald, January 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment

Here’s how we can test if Obama will fight for anything—- and everything.


Until Thursday, confrontation with this corporatist Empire was opaque, disguised, and not likely to come to a head soon——but then the supreme court’s overreach for the moneyed elitist Empire crossed a ‘bridge too far’, and much like the catalyst of monopoly ‘tea prices’ in Boston Harbor by the British EMPIRE this disguised and occupying Empire in our own land became an easy target for a Second American Revolution.

The “anger and frustration” will not die down. The crimes of the Empire will not disappear. The storm of populist rage and revolutionary spirits will only grow higher and wider in a general conflagration of the people vs, the Empire, and so, Obama can either let the arc of history bend him, or he can get in front of it—- if he is really going to do as he said dozens of times in one speech and “fight for the people” (against this corporatist Empire).

We can give Obama a little test of his bonafides (some might say, of his balls). Since the supreme court has presented us with the accelerated call to arms by allowing the economically and politically oppressive Empire to totally dominate all spheres of our lives with its unlimited bribery of all corrupt politicians (of both the existing corporate Parties/Party), Obama can prove his real metal by announcing, in his ‘State of the Union’ that he is changing his party affiliation to Green Independent, since that party will not allow any candidate to accept the new unlimited corrupting bribery of the corporatist Empire—- and that he expects all honest Senators and Congressmen to do the same if they are to truly represent the people rather than the corporatist Empire.

Obama can essentially call everyone’s bluff (on the angry right and left) and “call-out’ the corporatist Empire’s supreme court enabled money control of our American democracy for the fascist take-over of the country that it is. He can point out to the frustrated average American people viewing on their cheap TV’s (from both the left and right), and to his Congressional audience (of both Republicans and Democrats that are willing to listen) that since there is no legislative or other means to reverse or wipe-out the supreme court’s ‘sell-out’ of our democracy to the corporatist Empire, that he is willing to solve this unsolvable problem——along with solving our health care problem, our economic tyranny problem, our imperialist war problems, and all our other common problems that have been created by the cancer of this moneyed elite corporatist Empire upon our country, by voting for democracy against Empire and moving to essentially a new ‘Peoples Party’ in the form of the Green Independent Party, which does not take money from the Empire which oppresses us. [Cheer, cheer, cheer]

Obama can issue a challenge those in Congress who want to “represent the people in stead of the corporatist Empire, to meet me in the new ‘Peoples Party’ in November, which the whole country and all honest citizens now will know is the only sign of non-moneyed, non-corrupt, and non Empire choice—- and we will use their contributions and public funding only to overturn any who stay behind in the Empire’s lair of the corrupted Republican and Democratic Party!”


Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine

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By Shift, January 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

Only brain dead people would now believe that Obama would do anything for the people.  He is 100% corporatist.  His actions prove it.  His words are chocolate covered bullets.

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By the worm, January 24, 2010 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Dear Mr Robinson,

The Democrats health reform reveals the same pattern of priorities as do other
Obama and Democratic decisions - it caters to corporate needs and not to the
public interest. 

Look at his priorities.

1. Decision - Ignore previous Republican crimes, misdemeanors and profligacy:
Constituencies - Republican voters and Republican Senators and
Representatives he hoped would become ‘bi-partisan’.
2. Decision - Support a stingy stimulus half of what was needed and two-
thirds tax breaks, increasing the deficit and further reducing the stimulus to
one-third of what was needed: Constituencies – Wealthy investors, special
interests.
?3. Decision - Kill the only option that would have slowed the cost of health
care & led to universal coverage: Constituencies - Health insurance and
pharmacy industries.
?4. Decision - Accelerate the Bush bailout, $4.3 Trillion in bailouts, guarantees
and purchasing assets from the private sector at well above market value:
Constituency - Financial industry and banks.
?5. Decision - Escalate a meaningless and fruitless war, $600 Billion:
Constituencies - military and corporate mercenaries.
?6. Decision - Gut real financial reform and substitute finger wagging and silly
taxes and fees: Constituencies - financial industry and the wealthy.
?7. Decision - Not help people with bankruptcy and mortgages remediation:
Constituencies - financial industry, banks and wealthy.
and ?
8. Decision - Fiddle around and not pass a jobs bill (Already spent to much
money, cut taxes and increased the deficit – so, sorry, no money for the middle
class and American voters): wealthy and Republicans.

Obama’s priorities are the health insurance and pharmacy industry, military-
mercenary complex, the financial industry and banks, and the wealthy.

Why has Obama lost the support of the voters? Based on the decisions Obama
has made, these appear to be the reasons for the lose:

1.  Republicans are better off with real Republicans;
2.  Independents, who wanted change, see the status quo protected and
coddled;
3.  Democrats see a so-called Democratic White House and so-called
Democratic Congress pushing Republican policies and catering to traditionally
Republican constituencies. ??

Obama has made decisions, and health care reform is one of them, that have
hurt most Americans, and, he is either:

1. Oblivious to them,
2. Doesn’t care, or
3. Erroneously assumed the military-mercenary, health insurance-
pharmaceutical, financial-banking industries and wealthy constituencies would
remain loyal and rescue him from troubles.

Obama is apparently constitutionally unable to support the middle class and
the traditional Democratic constituency.

It is not difficult to understand why Obama’s ratings and his ‘agenda’ have been
rejected and Democrats no longer enjoy the support of the majority of voters.

Health care reform in its current form, simply accelerates the transfer of wealth
to corporations and away from the middle class. Exhibit One: By law, people
will have to buy the private sector’s inferior products. Exhibit Two: By law,
health insurers can use up to 20% of the mandated premium to make other
investments (see bailout above), pay bonuses, pay CEOs, hire lobbyists, appeal
sick people’s claims, donate to ‘sympathetic’ politicians.

Health care deserves to die, as do Obama’s other outrageous decisions. We
need a Democrat in the White House.

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By rollzone, January 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment

hello again. but Katydid: rollzone do. Medi…, is welfare: and is not competing with the insurance industry. they are a safety net. licensure is to the benefit of an insurance company, from a legal standpoint of responsibility; regarding not a right of a citizen: but a privilege. the role of the government is only identification of a party involved; and to tax to support its bureau. speed limits are posted with the same purpose: to determine a factor of guilt for the insurance company. the government has been successfully lobbied to support the insurance industry, but is not yet in the insurance industry. i am pleased by your personal attention. as for all the new world order bloggers, and the fact that this is not a bill written by Oboymamma: there will be no revolution. take two aspirins. pop some corn and drink a brew.

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By Big B, January 23, 2010 at 11:18 am Link to this comment

Thank god this incarnation of health care reform is almost dead.

Maybe we can get it right with a single payer system next time. Oh that’s right, there won’t be any single payer system in america until after the revolution.

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By Samson, January 23, 2010 at 9:21 am Link to this comment

Obama decided not to fight for health care reform back in 2007 and 2008 when he took $28 million from big health corporations to fund his campaign.

Obama then made it very clear that he was staying ‘bought’ by these big corporations when he invited all of their CEO’s to the White House for private meetings to shape ‘health care reform’ in early 2009.

Obama has never fought for health care reform.  What Obama has fought for is guaranteed customers and profits to the corporations who gave him $28 million to be elected

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By Samson, January 23, 2010 at 9:18 am Link to this comment

Actually, the Democrats don’t agree that insurance companies shouldn’t charge more or deny insurance on pre-existing conditions.

These bills both clearly say that the Democrats think that this is a great practice and should continue for four more years.  That’s what this bill really does.  It blocks any efforts to end these practices for four more years.

Yes, the voters and everyone outside of Congress agrees these practices should end.  The Democrats reaction to that is to pass a bill that delays and blocks any reform of these practices until 2014.

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By FiftyGigs, January 23, 2010 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

Steve E, Americans don’t realize how easy and how good health care can be, because we don’t know any other way. Most of us only know our system.

How it got this way we may never understand. It may be like the “chicken and egg” debate.

Remember, in the lunacy of the left and right there’s a germ of truth. Radical liberals really do tend to fret about protecting the rights of people who would destroy those rights to satisfy some philosophical abstraction. Liberals haven’t developed the capacity to distinguish between rights to people who support rights, and rights to people who only want the power to destroy rights for others. The infection even reaches to the Supreme Court, which apparently can’t distinguish between people and paper.

Radical conservatives really do believe the Constitution is just a quaint document, and that the Truth is really held by a small set of God-anointed prophets. Conservatives can’t distinguish between people who really are holy from people who say they’re holy in order to get into the pants of Argentinian women.

This is what societal decay and degeneracy looks like.  I think it’s caused in part by the failure to reconcile the above two conditions, but whatever the cause, it’s clearly affecting our government and religious institutions. Up until now, we’ve had no clear indication that the business sector has been similarly affected.

Sure, you could argue that the Wall St debacle is proof, but I’m not so sure that wasn’t just Capitalists being Capitalists.

The health care debate is different. The issue of health care insurance—partly paid by businesses—is a defining symptom, because the choice is clearly whether businesses intend to be profitable or not. If our business leaders are thinking clearly, they’ll choose profitability (Obama) over some b.s. rationalization that it’s better to reign in hell than serve in heaven (i.e. the Republican way).

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By Steve E, January 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment

Today I phoned my doctor’s office and made an appointment for next Monday
afternoon. I pay no fees and all I do, if asked, is to show my provincial health card.
I know that I pay for healthcare through my yearly income tax like everyone else
here. No, I do not live in a communist country, I live in Canada. I consider the
American People more on the ball and dynamic than Canadians. Why oh why is
coverage for all Americans so difficult to organize? It is beyond me. A healthy
nation is a more productive nation. Allowing people to acquire healthcare
unencumbered is a win win situation for all.

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By Tony Wicher, January 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

Most Americans want Medicare for all and should not support this travesty of a bill.

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By Steve E, January 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

The one issue Obama is quite shaken about is that he realizes he has been
exposed way too early in the game.  Only one year into his botched Presidency
and all the Progressive blogs are denouncing him and it is not going to stop. He
expected his bullshit popularity and shallow, high minded, speeches would swoon
the American People through all four years. He is a liar and a cheap slight of hand
con artist from Chicago. Permanent war and no true healthcare along with
everything else, especially the protection of Bush and Company from prosecution
and the failed stimulus. What many people are not aware of is the ongoing sleazy
dismantling of the Constitution and Human Rights headed by Holder and the DOJ.
Most of this is not even on people’s radar screens because of the pathetic MSM.
Obama is a lightweight and a coward.

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By FiftyGigs, January 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

The fact is that business budgets for 2010 are nothing to write home about, and the insurance industry will find itself renegotiating health insurance with more businesses that will want fewer of their services.

In the United States, health insurance is subsidized by business, which is partly why it’s so expensive—neither the business nor the employee realize the full cost of the service. We’re at the point where even half the cost of insurance isn’t affordable… to business itself!

This isn’t just a matter of local profits. We’ve already waited too long, and now foreign competitors are realizing the benefits of their lower-cost health care systems. They’re competing better against us in many ways with more to come the longer this drags on. Not only are we late, but decades of mismanagement have left us in debt with less ability to ramp up an expensive undertaking.

So, who ya gonna call?

Not Republicans.

They believe government doesn’t work, and shouldn’t be allowed to work. Sure, you got handed markets and profits from Republican administrations of the past. Congratulations. Look at the value of what you got. Pig in a poke comes to mind.

Open your eyes. Republicans can’t compete on the global stage in any fashion. Not even with God’s own military deployed.

In weakening government—even if only for fun and personal profit—Republicans damage business. God bless our troops, but economically speaking all that military stuff is just a fancy way to deliver our tax dollars to foreign economies.

Sober experts of the left and the right, and those in-betweener’s, pretty much agree that Obama’s plan is pretty much on target. The question is: will American business choose prosperity and work with Obama, or decide on some vague benefit in having Republican stooges screwing things?

Sorry, typo. Screwing things up?

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By stellarwinds, January 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment

having this thing called health care go down the toilet is THE ONLY OPTION.

have oreobama implode before our eyes

is the only way to have 2 party charade go poof!

rethugs have 0 credibility.

even if they came back, they’ll screw it up even more.

the revolution will be even faster to come.

Let’s precipitate a total political and constitutional crisis.

it’s all rotten,  we need to break it all down to start it from scratch again.

either that or someone somewhere must find a way to vaporize the evil empire.

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By JV, January 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment
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Obama will Duck & Cover.

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By katydid, January 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

rollzone, you know not of what you speak.
“the government is not in health care”
    Medicare, Medicaid, and childrens CHIP are all about government in health care
    Mandated drivers licences
          licence plates
          liability insurance, are all about government in the automobile industry.  And I could go on. Why don’t you take your Reoublican inspired retoric somewhere where it might be apprecited.

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By BARB, January 22, 2010 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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ObamaCare is DEAD!!! Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats know that the message from MA was that the voters don’t want ObamaCare.  I doubt if Obama or even 1/5 of the members of Congress actually read the 2000 - 2500 page bill.


I don’t know why you bothered to include Obama-lover Eugene Robinson’s e-mail…he never answers his e-mails.

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By mmadden, January 22, 2010 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

When the public option / single payer was removed from the bill it became a dead as a door nail bill. They should quit now before they screw us out of what we have left.

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By jay1953, January 22, 2010 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

Why did Democrats make this thing so complicated to begin with?

Health-care insurance reform could have been passed with a series of legislation and perhaps where functional mandates that would have given us true reform. Why put this into a massive bill that was going to create so much opposition? Why bite off more than you can chew?

Once the public has it it will be hard to take it away, just like Medicare.

For example pass legislation or executive mandates:

-That insurance companies can not deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and that coverage can not be denied, period. This is just a yes or no vote. A one page bill. In essence you are either for the people or for the corporations. With us or against us. I can’t imagine any Republican with the exception of Ron Paul voting against this bill.

-Do away with restrictions from buying prescription drugs from abroad and importation. Why restrict competition? The right favors free trade, how can they oppose this? This will bring prices down.

-Allow those under 65 who want to buy into Medicare to do so. Again this is just a yes or no vote. So the logic is that the extra revenues would finance by the people paying into it. If the present bill can be financed so can medicare for all.

-Lower the medical pay ratios for insurance companies to be competitive with Medicare, say 95%. Profit off of human misery and sickness is immoral for those individuals and institutions that are not direct caregivers. A bit more difficult to pass but not with reconciliation. Their stock value will go down some may argue, so what? If you don’t like it get in another line of work or another type of investment in another industry like clean energy!

-Eliminate deductibles and co-pays for treatment and prescriptions. Again if insurance companies want to play they have to pay. Not only that 95% medical loss ratios will force drug prices down to their true value. We can go after this after we have some of the easier things that will pass.

-Make it illegal for insurance companies to second guess your doctor. If you doctor prescribes a medicine the insurance companies has to pay for it period. They would not be allowed to offer alternatives.

-Audit insurance and pharmaceuticals and make them justify their premiums and prices. With 95% medical loss ratios audits would be mandatory to verify compliance.

-Since health insurance companies are monopolies have them come under a regulatory agency similar to the public service commissions that regulate monopolistic utilities. Howard Dean came up with this idea.

If we can do just these things under different bills we would have health insurance reform in one congressional election cycle. The thing is to pass first the things that Republicans and Blue Dogs can’t oppose. Incremental change will lead to universal coverage.

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By Hulk2008, January 22, 2010 at 9:09 am Link to this comment

There are lots of Kennedy’s in the after-life. 

But Teddy is now easier to spot among them - after the botched healthcare reform and the Massachusetts campaign, he’s now nicknamed “Pinwheel Kennedy”.

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By Hulk2008, January 22, 2010 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

If the Republicans all want to “start over from scratch”, follow their suggestion.  And let’s do that with the Defense Department and the two wars currently under way. 

Since starting over is such a useful concept, re-doing the expense of war should be done hand-in-hand with re-doing health care. 

Think of the savings !!

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By RdV, January 22, 2010 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

Get a clue, Robinson.
  Despite your tepid and long overdue criticism you still don’t get it.

  Obama’s corporate insurance plan to require folks to pony up or pay more taxes, at a time when they are jobless & losing their homes was pronounced DOA by the one state that actually has the (Republican) plan that Obama is trying to peddle.
  You, who take your healthcare for granted just don’t get that.

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By bozh, January 22, 2010 at 7:53 am Link to this comment
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All our ailments and goodies come from our genetic pool;which are worsened by pollution, bad food, lack of movements.
So, if we all swim in one and only genetic pool, we shld be swimming in one life pool.

It took eons and tns of people to make me. It took that many people to produce archimedes,newton, einstein, edison, tesla, pasteur, bohr, planck, and thousands other geniuses.
It is not kings, aghas, lords, counts, pols, priests who bring on knowledge and progress, but possibly only 000001% of world pop.

And all of us made them. We are theirs and they are ours. All progress and fruits thereof belong to us all; ‘nobles’ included.
tnx

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By LA, January 22, 2010 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
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We have coverage for the well off, the young and the poor. Those in the middle (uninsured but with assets) will become poor (lose their assets) if they become ill. The well off will continue to pay for the poor through higher premiums and higher local taxes for their hospitals. Key are the 20-30 year olds still living at home or without assets. They just use planned parenthood and ER’s. That’s how health care will evolve—clinics and ER’s, both walk-in.

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By Fathoms, January 22, 2010 at 5:36 am Link to this comment

What the Senate Needs to Know:

You idiots made Health Care Reform unnecessarily complicated through your own tone-deaf obtuseness. Had you pursued extending Medicare to the entire population in an orderly manner and tackled PhRMA simultaneously, you would be reaping the benefits of a grateful populace furthering your ability to tackle other tough issues. As it is, you have squandered Public Trust at the alter of corporate special interests. In so doing you have lost the initiative with Progressive Independents. This is infuriating because we are being driven back to the protest vote by your pernicious mendacity.

What is your problem? When will you wake up? You were never intended by the Founding Fathers to be, “career politicians.” In fact, “Career Politician,” should be an epithet in common usage. This is the meaning of the, “Protest Vote;” in case you were ever confused about this pivotal concept. You had best understand this if you are ever to allay your endemic fear of being out of office. You were never meant to occupy the office as a career. You were meant to be Productive Members of Society who put material interests aside for a period of Local, State and/or National Service.

Get a Grip! Get a Clue! At present your neediness is destroying our Nation. You’ll eat at any trough and further the interest of the owner of any stable from which you obtain manna. All this at the expense of the Public Interest.

You Make Me Sick. Now Make Me Well.

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By godistwaddle, January 22, 2010 at 5:16 am Link to this comment

That Obama is a right-wing tool, saving predator capitalism, doesn’t surprise anyone who listened to him.

As Lenin knew, things must get worse before they get better, and who better to lead us to the worst than a mealy-mouthed Dem too craven to stand up to anyone who growls at him?

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By bogi666, January 22, 2010 at 4:25 am Link to this comment
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President O’Bushama never wanted health care reform, he wanted health insurance reform a ruse to channel tax money into the health insurance companies. This country doesn’t have a health care industry, it has a health insurance industry with health care workers.This is obviously evident as he never submitted a bill to Congress but instead dumped it on Congress to come up with a health insurance bill which required the agrrement of several diffent congressional commttee’s and they made an elephant out of a mouse.

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By writeon, January 22, 2010 at 1:21 am Link to this comment
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The simple answer is “no”, Obama won’t fight to save the hollowed-out carcass of his healthcare “reform.” He was never really interested in real reform in the first place, only in the word “reform”, which is something completely different.

If he couldn’t be bothered to fight for a cheaper, more effective, fairer, simpler, system; before, it’s highly unlikely he’ll bother now.

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By rollzone, January 22, 2010 at 12:07 am Link to this comment

hello. everyone fears they still do not get the message. government can offer without mandating, nor regulating, nor monitoring a healthy industry to near death. just stay out. offer reduced regulations on interstate trade. offer a medical voucher for the uninsured whom qualify. government is not in the health care, automobile, or home loan industry. stop runaway tort settlements, and out of wedlock babies. do not fund abortion. get illegals off the burden. do not raise taxes. do not raise taxes. stop spending. do not raise taxes. this might really shock you. put your drink down. lower taxes so we could better afford insurance.

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