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  •  I finally saw my premium cost... (3+ / 0-)
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    Liberal Thinking, Dunvegan, tnproud2b

    I think it was the bill out of Waxman's committee... It said the cost to the uninsured would be 11 or 12 percent of income.

    When I took out my calculator, I found that that amounted to about what I was paying for my self-employment insurance in the end (I finally had to give it up after the slimy company kept raising the premium every few months).

    Eleven or 12 percent is pretty high. I know it's not as bad as what some people with preexisting conditions are paying. But still. Does this disturb anyone besides me?

    •  Disturbs Me (1+ / 0-)
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      Dunvegan

      But, I'm still waiting to see what happens in reconciliation. That's what the final bill will look like. Until then, the plans are all over the map.

      Personally, I prefer a simple single-payer system. People keep saying that we won't get it, but I think that if reform goes down the tubes this year then we will have a single-payer system within five years.

      Why? Because a solid majority of Americans are upset with the system now and the pain will just keep getting worse. The for-profit industry has no meaningful restraints, so they can just keep ratcheting up premiums until the country literally can't afford them any more. At that point, any person running for Congress who doesn't back a single-payer plan will be toast.

      •  Yes, in a way, delays are helpful... (2+ / 0-)
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        Liberal Thinking, Dunvegan

        ... because the numbers are in our favor. I know the wingnut attack machine will be in full force in August, but, meanwhile, as time passes, hopefully the word will get out that half-measures just don't add up.

        But I do hope the delay isn't as long as five years!

        •  Don't Throw Up Your Hands (0+ / 0-)

          Right. I just think that people should keep this in perspective. This is a major change, and it can reasonably take a long time to get there.

          At the same time, I don't think our opponents gain much from delaying or defeating reform at this point. The clear majority of Americans want change and we are increasingly acquiring the tools to get popular programs passed. Internet politics is still in its infancy, but it's gaining every day. We have the tools to discuss what's best, reach consensus on a way forward, learn about politicians, select those that will work with us, direct money to them and away from those who are problematic, as well as organizing other political resources to get out the vote.

          Our opponents are limited mostly to traditional methods: lying to the public and bribing politicians. That becomes increasingly expensive when the public can organize and act cheaply through the Internet.

          The tragedy is that right now there are people dying for want of healthcare. So, we have to do what we can to get reform now. Still, we cannot be discouraged by seeming delays and setbacks. In the end, victory is certain. We will have everyone covered and a much fairer system, either now or in the near future. That's my prediction.

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