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  •  You Don't Need a "Mandate" (1+ / 0-)
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    Just make healthcare a service paid out of (progressive) tax revenues. That mandates it in the sense that everyone pays in, but it has the virtue of being constitutional.

    The whole idea of the mandate was to shut the Republicans up. By adopting the Republican mandate the President could say, "Well, I adopted this Republican plan. What are you all complaining about?"

    You can see how well that worked. He should have just pushed through the public option. He would have gotten exactly as much grief from the Republicans, but he would have had stronger support from the liberal community. It could be argued that the public option at least allows you to avoid paying money to health insurance companies to line their pockets.

    But none of this fixes the problem. To fix the problem you have to eliminate profits. That's the only way you can save the hundreds of billions you need to get costs down below 15% of GDP (where this became a political issue).

    That's why progressives should stop worrying about what happens to the mandates and put their efforts into publicly-funded healthcare. We need to all back a very simple plan: the government pays for all essential healthcare out of a progressive tax. That's fair, it solves the economic problem, and it saves hundreds of billions that now go to rich people sitting by the pool in Maui drinking pineapple spritzes.

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