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  •  I remember Hillary's plan in 1993 (11+ / 0-)

    and the most striking thing about her whole process was that it seemed to exclude the very grassroot type organizations that one would need to institute change and instead gave seats at the table to vested interests determined that any change would be cosmetic.

    It was this and the secretive nature of the discussion that fueled a lot of opposition to her plan. I still don't see that she has changed her plans to deal with the percentage raked off the top by carriers and other players.

    •  As I never tire of telling folks (11+ / 0-)

      No electable candidate is ever going to just give us single payer.  The best we can hope for is a candidate who will get out of the way and allow it to happen - if we build the grassroots movement to make it happen.

      •  Almost, Chico but open hearings — on C-Spa (1+ / 0-)
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        Chico David RN

        (at the start) with everybody testifying, patients - both those with and without insurance coverage, MDs, nurses, Public Health people, sociologists, hospitals, patient's families, Dr.s office staff who have to deal with the forms and attempts at collecting and on and on.

        Imagine:
        "And what is the pay of the CEO? the COO? the board of directors? and how much do you spend on advertising? on PR? on the deniers?" To Pharmas; the HMOs and on and on. And always the patients and the relatives of those who lost relatives to denials. And those who can not get insurance. The hospitals going under because of the denials and the uninsured. Some state governors who are intelligent and knowledgeable about their state's financial problems with health care.

        It could be as riveting as the Watergate hearings. The networks might pick it up.

        And how about John Edwards as chief interlocutor?

        In 1858 Abraham Lincoln wrote

        "With public sentiment,
        nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions."

        Hillary: channeling her inner Repuglican: Free at last

        by samddobermann on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:29:53 PM PDT

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