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  •  Excellent followup Kos (2+ / 0-)
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    Tennessee Dave, ADAY

    I agree.  A blue dog is a blue dog.  And if Cooper wouldn't be such a chickenshit and just loudly come out and support a public option, then there wouldn't be a problem now would there?

    It's time for a Progressive Party.

    by mdgarcia on Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 11:54:36 AM PDT

    •  ??? he did. In June. He doesn't like HR 3200 (0+ / 0-)

      b/c it doesn't bring down costs and doesn't offset new outlays with revenue.

      Cooper's fundamentally concerned about national debt spiralling out of control.  Healthcare costs are a big part of that.  HR 3200 doesn't adequately address the problem.

      •  That sounds like a respectable position (1+ / 0-)
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        Tennessee Dave

        but it isn't necessarily.  Under that logic a recession means we can't fix any long term problems, even if they pay off in the long run.

        The $1 trillion will largely go toward dealing with the previously undealt-with health problems of poor people, many/most black and Hispanic.   That's either taking collective responsibility for the neglect or it's irresponsible profligacy for the unworthy.

        What I find ironic is that most "fiscally responsible" Blue Dogs and lots of Republicans with their running concern trolling about the national debt represent districts that net take out of the public till, i.e. their constituents are not the people that are going to actually pay off the public debt.  Whereas districts like mine (MA 7th) that pay a lot more to the Treasury than we get back- i.e. lots of taxpayers who net will carry the debt- take an attitude of annoyance but relative duty and stoicism.  Economic illiteracy is a wonderful thing.

      •  Except that (1+ / 0-)
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        Tennessee Dave

        the public option is the only real mechanism in this whole healthcare debate that can lower costs.

        And Cooper is against the bill that has it.

        Tell you what.  Next time you talk to your buddy Jim, ask him what the final report of the CBO said about H.R. 3200 with regards to the costs.  If he is being honest with you, he will tell you that the bill would be deficit neutral after 10 years and could actually lead to a surplus.  Not only was that in the CBO's final report, it was mentioned in the official statement from the House Ways & Means Committee.

        Print those articles out that I've linked to, Ben, and see what Cooper says to that.

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