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  •  OBAMA IS ON LIVE! (2+ / 0-)
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    Onomastic, KingofSpades

    HE IS ALL IN FOR THE PUBLIC OPTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    •  What? This I need to see. (2+ / 0-)
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      IT Professional, KingofSpades

      ....Joe Wilson wanting to debate Barack Obama is like tugging on Superman`s cape.... Rep. Barney Frank

      by Onomastic on Sat Sep 12, 2009 at 11:25:07 AM PDT

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      •  CNN & MSNBC (2+ / 0-)
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        Onomastic, KingofSpades

        I'm whooping and hollering with the crowd!!!!

        •  The folks at Fox, (3+ / 0-)

          really don't like the President, huh?..........:o(

          I'm what's called, a Political Neophyte. Thankfully, I've had the good sense to acquire knowledge, politically, at the Daily Kos.......:o)

          by secret38b on Sat Sep 12, 2009 at 11:29:51 AM PDT

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          •  IF premiums could be reduced 30-50% (1+ / 0-)
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            then the 4/5 of all Americans who can't afford them now, could begin to afford them, without subsidies, IF wages also began to track, rather than follow medical price inflation i that is essential- prices for medical services would have to stop rising like they have been.

            That might be unlikely if demand rises, prices will tend to rise as well.. without the ability to buy in bulk for the entire country like other nations do, we are stuck paying the highest drug prices in the world.

            So, we need a huge price rollback, really, prices cut in half, and the prices to THEN, stop rising after that, and we also need the losses of jobs to stop and reverse itself!

            Then, public option would have a fighting chance, IF the risk pool was the entire country and not just people who needed healthcare.

            This all seems to me like a tall order!!

            Another option is subsidizing he cost of it so it was affordable, bit that would probably take at least ten times the amount of subsidies that are being considered now.

            Wouldn't single payer be more politically feasible?

            Single Payer NOW MORE THAN EVER! Stop America from driving over a cliff.

            by Andiamo on Sat Sep 12, 2009 at 01:10:37 PM PDT

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            •  I HAVEN'T SEEN A SINGLE CREDIBLE ECONOMIST (1+ / 0-)
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              Onomastic

              seriously endorse a possibility of Obama saving any money with any of the hundreds(?) of intentionally vague "public option" schemes.. Ive heard many credible sources say that the whole private mandatory/public optional idea is so flawed by its intentional lack of cost controls that it can't.

              OTOH, single payer has worked many times in many countries to make healthcare affordable. They (the drug companies) claim that savings elsewhere due to single payer is the reason for a lot of the cost shifting to the US payers by multinationals that HAD to lower prices in other countries in response to governments purchasing as a group.

              Single Payer NOW MORE THAN EVER! Stop America from driving over a cliff.

              by Andiamo on Sat Sep 12, 2009 at 01:19:16 PM PDT

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        •  Fire'd Up and Ready to Go! (3+ / 0-)

          Loved it!

          ....Joe Wilson wanting to debate Barack Obama is like tugging on Superman`s cape.... Rep. Barney Frank

          by Onomastic on Sat Sep 12, 2009 at 11:44:22 AM PDT

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