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  •  Conservatives won't support single payer. (3+ / 0-)
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    Not sure how you can extrapolate the opinion from a hospital exec who's had enough to a "conservative third party."

    •  One person with this opinion is 'proof' that (2+ / 0-)

      it's a mainstream idea I guess.
      And because the rest of the world uses it, means it's not left wing? No logic here

      Nothing makes me more angry than listening to the Very Serious People at CNN and MSNBC claim that single-payer health insurance (i.e. Medicare for all) is some sort of left-wing policy. It's not -- and that's why the rest of the developed world uses some variation of single-payer insurance to cover everyone for less than America spends to cover its elderly and poor alone.

      Well, here's great proof from the Charlotte Observer that single-payer health insurance is indeed a mainstream -- dare I say conservative -- idea. Republican Hospital Executive Jack Bernard -- from pretty-damn-red Georgia -- expounds:

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 05:23:47 AM PDT

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    •  Well, it is still remarkable (0+ / 0-)

      that a Republican is willing to make this argument.

      But yes, the GOP as a party is committed to the idea of private profit as a consummate social good. So this idea won't fly with them.

      And as for a conservative third party? The only viable impetus for that within the GOP is the Libertarian wing, which is, if anything, even more committed to private profit.

      •  Also possible: The GOP accepts liberals again (1+ / 0-)
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        In approximately the same numbers as we have Blue Dogs. And once again it becomes populated with moderates. This used to be true and with a 21st century re-birth of New Deal, socially progressive, Keynesian policies it could happen again.

        In fact, statistically it's probably the most likely scenario when you look at 50+ year cycles. There is some chance that by the end of the decade we could see the start of such a resurgence. A long shot at this time, but not by any means impossible. A tipping point that falls away from Reaganism / Neoconservatism/ Neo-Fascism is not that improbable. And that would produce rapid change.

    •  His Wallet (1+ / 0-)
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      When it's their own income that's being taken by someone else, either a Democrat or a Republican will agree. This hospital Republican is just a Republican who's got robbed by a corporation, which is indistinguishable from a Democrat.

      Just as the many banksters who are Democrats are fully in favor of the private insurer system, because it's them.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 08:45:32 AM PDT

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    •  Plenty of conservatives support Medicare. (0+ / 0-)

      Which is single-payer.

      So I guess that puts in a bit of conundrum, political-strategery-wise.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:46:47 PM PDT

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