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  •  It's not a "start" (3+ / 0-)
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    formernadervoter, CMYK, Finnegan05

    I keep seeing this from those advocating this bill.

    It's not a "start".

    Medicare/aid was a start.  Pick the creation of any social safety net program that is initially small, but can be expanded (as I believe Medicare was intended), and you'll have the start of something to build on.

    The Senate version is tinkering at best.  At worst, it is a redirecting large amounts of public dollars into private, for-profit hands with weak enforcement of the more progressive elements and safeguards still in the bill.

    The PO would of been the "start" proponents keep talking about.  The PO would of been small and largely inconsequential at first.  But it would of provided the example of the efficiency of a public plan, combined with the lower costs.  Every election, more voters would of been demanding to be allowed access to it.  That would of been the start.

    Things like disallowing the dropping of coverage when getting sick, and the no-prexisting condition requirements could of been passed as standalone bills without all the drama and political capital spent on this bill.  As standalone bills, those would likely of sailed through congress.  Possibly with some Repubs jumping on the bandwagon when they saw how wide public support was for such simple, straightforward bills that ended a distinctly slimy practice of the insurance companies.

    There is no "start" in this plan.  The progressive "start that we can build on" is not in the plan any longer.

    What there is, is a reshuffling.  A reorganizing that protects, even expands, the interests of the status quo.  There is the forcing of the purchase private plans from for-profit companies, and the subsidizing of it on the backs of the middle class.  That's not a start.  That's a regression.

    And Dems are going to pay for it politically in 2010/2012.

    Bad policy and bad politics.

    •  Superb analysis. Write diary. (1+ / 0-)
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      I pre recommend it.

      Gary Wills on Obama's Afghan occupation: "What really matters are the lives of the young men and women he is sending off to senseless deaths."

      by formernadervoter on Tue Dec 29, 2009 at 09:27:27 AM PST

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