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  •  What happened on Friday? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Dream for just a second and then do it!" -- Kolmogorov

    by theran on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 05:21:21 PM PST

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    •  Gallup Released This Poll..... (0+ / 0-)

      If I'm an already nervous Democrat considering my ultimate vote on health care reform, I just became a helluva lot more nervous on Friday after looking at this.

      •  It's noise (4+ / 0-)

        If the Dems think like that, they deserve to lose.  They are already all-in on healthcare.  Failure to deliver something means a guaranteed (and deserved) rout.

        Remember after the convention when Obama was a little behind in the polls?  This is the same deal.  

        On the other hand, here is health policy expert Uwe Reinhart interviewed by PBS:

        The bad things are that our financing of health care is really a moral morass. It is a moral morass in the sense that it signals to the doctors and hospitals that human beings have different values depending on their income status. To give you a specific example, in New Jersey, the Medicaid program pays a pediatrician $30 to see a poor child on Medicaid. But the same legislators, through their commercial insurance, pay the same pediatrician $100 to $120 to see their child. ... How do physicians react to it? If you phone around practices in Princeton, Plainsboro, Hamilton -- I did this once, and I think I called 15 practices -- none of them would see Medicaid kids.

        So here you have a country that often relies on these kids to fight their wars, and yet treats them as if they were lower-value human beings through the payment system. I think that is unique. No other country would make a differentiation like that. So that's a disgrace.

        He may have a point, which is that Americans get what is coming to such a people.

        "Dream for just a second and then do it!" -- Kolmogorov

        by theran on Sun Nov 15, 2009 at 05:30:50 PM PST

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        •  I Think Most Would-Be Vulnerable Dems..... (0+ / 0-)

          ....would calculate that putting to death a health care bill their constituents wildly oppose would be less politically disastrous to them PERSONALLY than would passing a bill that enrages them.  The Democratic Party's Congressional majority probably doesn't matter to them much.  If I'm Travis Childers or Gene Taylor for instance, I would find it much more politically convenient to be in the minority and thus not accountable for my party's lack of upticket popularity in my district.

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