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    •  Ding! (6+ / 0-)

      Okay, you have my vote.  (when you run for President that is - I'm in California).

    •  Profit or not-for-profit single payer? (0+ / 0-)

      There's a vast difference.

      Not-for-profit single-payer medical insurance should be run through the government.  There should be a buy-in to Medicare to accomplish this.  It will start us on the road to catching up with civilized countries who have much, much, much better public not-for-profit single-payer medical insurance that covers everyone without exception (and countries like Norway, Sweden, and Denmark who have the best single-payer medical insurance set caps on how much the medical and pharmaceutical corporations can charge - and they enforce their laws!).

      What we've got right now is a coercive for-profit single-payer plan that enriches only insurance, medical, and pharmaceutical corporations as a monopoly, and We The People are forced to buy it or else pay a $1000 fine.  It's modeled on Medicare Plan D [prescriptions] that forces senior citizens and disabled people to purchase private corporate insurance to cover prescriptions.  That one came with 'buy corporate insurance or else' (a toothless warning with no penalty - like a senior citizen or disabled person could actually pay a fine at poverty level insurance benefits paid by Social Security Insurance or Social Security Disability Insurance).  Hardly seems fair that We The People should be responsible for future record-setting profits that enrich only corporate CEOs by increasing their yearly bonuses, and corporate shareholder bank accounts...?

      The tax base is high in countries with socialized medicine programs, but no one seems to mind paying the taxes because they all benefit.  They also have completely free education from kindergarten through college.  If a student can't live at home while in college, that student receives a stipend to pay for rent and food; no one graduates from college with a mountain of debt.  (These same countries also do not have extravagantly excessive military budgets to drain their treasuries..., which is why they have the best medical and educational systems in the world because they consider health care and education to be human rights, not a privilege to just those who can pay on top of what the insurance companies do not cover.)

      The corporate-owned $COTU$ declared the fees paid to private corporate insurance companies a "tax," but that still doesn't make it so since it's a coercive law..., and probably unconstitutional.  I'm not a fan of pretzel logic when it comes to laws that are broken with twisted reasoning that makes no sense whatsoever.  (Clarence Thomas used to work for Monsanto; there is currently a suit involving Monsanto before SCOTUS and Thomas should have recused himself, as well as one or both of the two most recent justices once employed by corporations; there is a clear conflict of interest.)

      Since 2001:  First it was the military-industrial-congressional complex who profited (Eisenhower removed the word 'congressional' from the speech so he wouldn't hurt the feelings of the congress at the time), then oil and mercenary corporations..., now insurance, medical, and pharmaceutical corporations want to be surgically attached to their very own Treasury Teats, just like the ones who benefit from illegal pseudo-wars against criminal gangs.

      Do you favor a Medicare buy-in or not?  [This is a jobs win-win situation.  A Medicare buy-in means Americans would have to be hired right here in the US to handle the extra paperwork.  The infrastructure for Medicare is already in place and actually working effectively, so there would be no overhead for corporate profits.  Income taxes and FICA and Medicare deductables would instantly impact the US Treasury and local economies (buying gas, cars, clothing, etc.).

      Really, your position on health care needs re-thinking.  Do you think health care is a right... or a privilege?  Do you think corporations should profit off of the misfortune of ill people who are going broke or bankrupt with medical costs because no one in government is willing to put cost caps on prices medical and pharmaceutical and insurance corporations charge?

      You need to help get corporations OUT of government.  Permanently.

      I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
       ~ Thomas Jefferson
      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.
      -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
      Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.
      -- Benito Mussolini

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 08:58:06 AM PST

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