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  •  can you go back and read what you wrote? (0+ / 0-)

    I know plenty of people who would fight like dogs against any plan that forced them to give up their current plan.  (think union job)   It's not about forcing you to keep the plan you have, it's about allowing you to pick a plan that better suits your needs.
    And yes, she has learned powerful interests can't be shut out of those meetings.  They have the infrastructure and databases in place to make this feasible under the economic realities the next president will inherit.  

    Your mention of Obama's plan being "not all that different" from Clinton's suggests to me you expect all of us to see Obama as the presumptive candidate and only look elsewhere if another candidate offers something clearly superior.  

    •  You're mistaken (0+ / 0-)

      I do not see Obama as the presumptive candidate. All the democratic candidates' health care plans are similar in that they ignore what I believe to be the best health care reform we could enact - Medicare for all. Single-payer universal health care. I don't believe for a second that the powerful insurance and pharmaceutical industries will simply lay down and allow significant changes to the system from which they profit. They will fight ANY reform if given the chance. That's why they must be excluded from the discussion. They CAUSED the current mess - why should we trust them to help reform the system? The other problem I have with all of the candidates' positions on this issue is that they appear to ignore self-employed and temporary contract workers, who must struggle to be able to find and afford decent health insurance.

      I have worked for health insurance companies (actually documenting those infrastructures and databases you mention for one of the largest health insurance company in the country) and the level of waste and inefficiency is staggering.

      Given all the negatives about a Clinton candidacy and presidency, I have a difficult time figuring out why people want to go through all that again.

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