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  •  Medicare works. Everybody agrees. (5+ / 0-)

    Why is it not mentioned?

    Is it because in serving only the aged and disabled, it's a remnant of segregated programs?  Is it because there's concern that if the violation of the equal protection clause is pointed out, they'll just scrap it entirely like southern town used to shutter swimming pools?

    I think we're beyond that.

    Just open Medicare up and let whoever wants to Opt-In.

    How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

    by hannah on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 09:41:58 AM PDT

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    •  It's not mentioned because we're facing two probs (1+ / 0-)
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      Slanted media coverage and health care lobbying.

      And they're both coming from the same source.

      The corporations. Who see this as the biggest battle of all time.  

      If we win this one, they're on the ropes and they know it.

      If we lose, they can continue their parasitic attacks and drain the host into submission.

      We need two lists: those we will work to elect and those we will defeat. If you're not progressive, you're not a Democrat.

      by moosely2006 on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 09:52:56 AM PDT

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      •  You are so wrong about that (2+ / 0-)
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        phonegery, Egalitare

        From the Bill Moyers piece:

        BILL MOYERS: The President, as you were saying a moment ago, is saying to everybody who's not covered, we're going to mandate that you exercise that right. We're going to mandate that you buy some form--

        MARCIA ANGELL: We're going to deliver the private insurance companies a captive market. That's right. And they love that.

        BILL MOYERS: Say that again.

        MARCIA ANGELL: They love that.

        BILL MOYERS: The-- his policy does what? His program?

        MARCIA ANGELL: Delivers to the private insurance industry a captive market.

        BILL MOYERS: By the mandate.

        MARCIA ANGELL: By the mandate.

        BILL MOYERS: It says "Marcia Angell, you've got to--"

        MARCIA ANGELL: For whatever price they want to charge. Right. And so, this will increase costs. And let me tell you what he's running into, and he'd like to be able to pull a rabbit out of the hat, but he won't be able to. If you leave this profit-oriented system in place, you can't both control costs and increase coverage. You inevitably, if you try to increase coverage, increase costs. The only answer, the only answer, and he said it at the beginning of his press conference, is a single payer system. In his first sentence, he said, that is the only way to cover everyone.

        Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10

        by not2plato on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 12:19:54 PM PDT

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