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  •  Good on ya, Cyberactor. (4+ / 0-)

    Maybe it is age.  Maybe it is having lived not only through BushII, but BushI, Reagan(only, thank God), Ford, Nixon and, yes, Eisenhower.

    Progressives tend to be idealists and expect the perfect.  Having a parent who was threatened with deportation in the McCarthy period, I would have expected my father to be bitter.   But he was a total optimist.  He lived through good democrats and bad democrats.  He lived through appalling Republicans.

    I've been thinking about this HCR bill.  Sure it is a windfall for the insurance industry.  But if we can insure 20-30 million poor people, is that not a good goal for a Democrat?  So what if it costs too much?  We put up with wasting trillions on foreign adventures that bring us nothing but hatred around the world.  We bail out banks which still act like robber barons.  If some health insurance makes Cigna rich, but gets guaranteed coverage for the working poor, isn't that worth walking away with?

    I'm incredibly disappointed with the Senate and I hate the obstructionists as much as anyone, but I want to get something positive out of this for some poor people.  We can fix the mess that will result over then next decade, but let's start the motion to public funding of health care by giving a leg up to those who need it the most.... those making less than $80k.

    Ok, flame away Kossacks. I've got asbestos skin as I have seen a worse America and one that was even less caring.  I've never had expectations that "America will do the right thing". But we still have a chance to do some good. We need to get something out of this instead of burning down the whole house.

    "Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly." - Voltaire

    by captainlaser on Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 03:13:59 PM PST

    •  this bill won't insure 20-30 million people (1+ / 0-)
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      it will force them to buy junk insurance they either don't want or can't really afford (otherwise they'd have bought it already).  

      By "junk insurance" I mean insurance with co-pays so high they still can't afford to go to the doctors.  Keep in mind many of the people showing up at those free health care clinics we keep seeing diaries about have insurance of this type.  It has lower premiums so it's all many people can afford, but it's often little better than having no coverage at all.

      What's more the excise tax with encourage employers to offer less generous health insurance coverage packages to their employees.  This bill is worse than nothing.  It will force individuals to buy coverage, and employers to cut back.  

      Expect a huge backlash from the middle class if this passes, and Republicans will be able to pick up votes by promising to repeal it.

      This country does not have the luxury to entertain idiocy as if it is reasonable. --Digby

      by Thought Crime on Wed Dec 16, 2009 at 03:38:55 PM PST

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