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  •  What's Wrong? Read "Sick and Wrong" (0+ / 0-)

    "Sick and Wrong" by Matt Taibbi  Rolling Stone Sept 3 edition, it says it all.

    The fix is already in. Dems are just rearranging deck chairs to make noise right now. Activity does not equal progress. IF a public option is in the final bill (big IF), it will be a crippled version. And with all the give aways to the  HC industry, we'll be lucky if we can afford burial insurance.

    "Sick and Wrong"
    by Matt Taibbi  Rolling Stone Sept 3 edition

    In the end, the Blue Dogs won. When the House commerce committee passed its bill, the public option no longer paid Medicare-plus-five-percent. Instead, it required the government to negotiate rates with providers, ensuring that costs would be dramatically higher. According to one Democratic aide, the concession would bump the price of the public option by $ 1,800 a year for the average family of four.
    In one fell swoop, the public plan went from being significantly cheaper than private insurance to costing, well, "about the same as what we have now," as one Senate aide puts it.

    The party could now sell voters on the idea that it was offering a "public option" without technically lying, while at the same time reassuring health care providers that the public option it was passing would not imperil the industry’s market share.

    Q: What do you call 500 Congress-slugs at the bottom of the ocean? A: Divine intervention. (with apologies to the couple dozen honest ones.)

    by CitizenOfEarth on Tue Aug 25, 2009 at 01:38:24 PM PDT

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