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  •  In short, we're screwed (0+ / 0-)

    Just like the arcane tax system we enjoy, there are too many people with vested interests in the status quo to make for any meaningful reform, even if it's killing our fellow Americans.

    •  see above (1+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell

      it's not the promise or prospects, it's the time frame.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 05:53:02 AM PST

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      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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        Bob Friend

        I think once our nominee takes office, my first priority would be doing something about Iraq, rather than health care. Health care is an issue for me, however, and certainly should be a top priority.
        Any health care plan is going to take serious work by the President and Congress to work out a plan.
        And we all know how long that could go on, since even as a "minority party", the republicans have still been a huge obstruction to passing any kind of progressive legislation.

        •  The simplest plan (0+ / 0-)

          would be the most drastic - nationalize all the hospitals, and offer most doctors a chance to be employed by the govt, paid a salary, and given a list of patients.

          The other option would be to require all hospitals to be non-profit, have a community board that had to approve all major capital expenditures, and limit compensation to executives.

          But that won't happen - yet.

        •  they both can be addressed (0+ / 0-)

          Iraq and Healthcare and both can have a top priority.

          An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

          by wishingwell on Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 08:26:41 AM PST

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    •  It may be a 'revolution' situation. (0+ / 0-)

      We may have to wait for it to get worse, to the point where people are willing to tear it out from the roots, before we can make it better.

      That sort of thing does happen.  After all, the New Deal was only made possible by the Great Depression; or for a worse example, real progress in stopping slavery only happened after the slavers in the South hardened their position and won control of the Supreme Court.

      -5.63, -8.10 | Impeach, Convict, Remove & Bar from Office, Arrest, Indict, Convict, Imprison!

      by neroden on Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 06:31:39 PM PST

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