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  •  Kitty, please name 1-2 other parts you see as (1+ / 0-)
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    We Shall Overcome

    most important to include in talks with others about the Obama Plan.  Thanks.

    •  Here you go (5+ / 0-)

      A major expansion of Medicaid coverage—fully federally funded—for millions of low-income


      working families who currently fall through the cracks

      A regulated marketplace that clamps down on insurance company abuses so people can


      no longer be denied coverage

      Requirements that insurance companies spend more of the premium dollars they collect


      on patient care

      Sliding-scale subsidies so middle-class, working families can afford the coverage they need


      to keep their families healthy

      Limits on out-of-pocket spending, giving Americans real health security and peace of mind

      Much-needed relief for small businesses so they can afford to offer coverage to their


      employees

      Improvements to Medicare that will help seniors and people with disabilities afford their


      drugs and their cost-sharing

      Better access to coverage for uninsured children so they can get the care they need Long overdue steps to modernize the system, improve the quality of care provided, and curb unnecessary spending so our American health care system delivers the best possible care

      Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed. Blaise Pascal

      by Kitty on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 01:24:12 PM PDT

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      •  sorry the html got messes up (2+ / 0-)
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        divineorder, littlebird33

        this was from a previous post of mine here:

        http://www.dailykos.com/...

            A major expansion of Medicaid coverage—fully federally funded—for millions of low-income
           working families who currently fall through the cracks

           A regulated marketplace that clamps down on insurance company abuses so people can
           no longer be denied coverage

           Requirements that insurance companies spend more of the premium dollars they collect
           on patient care

           Sliding-scale subsidies so middle-class, working families can afford the coverage they need
           to keep their families healthy

           Limits on out-of-pocket spending, giving Americans real health security and peace of mind

           Much-needed relief for small businesses so they can afford to offer coverage to their
           employees

           Improvements to Medicare that will help seniors and people with disabilities afford their
           drugs and their cost-sharing

           Better access to coverage for uninsured children so they can get the care they need Long overdue steps to modernize the system, improve the quality of care provided, and curb unnecessary spending so our American health care

        system delivers the best possible care

        Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed. Blaise Pascal

        by Kitty on Thu Aug 20, 2009 at 01:25:46 PM PDT

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      •  Those are all great, but try communicating that (1+ / 0-)
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        divineorder

        to people - our media is not up to that challenge, unfortunately. And while we try to do that, the right is scaring and confusing people with Death Panels that we also have to dispel. So, we the debate becomes public option - do you want the choice to have one or not ... i think people want that choice.

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