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  •  Remember who Obama picks for these things (2+ / 0-)
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    hester, poxonyou

    Obama Appoints Monsanto Man as FDA Food Safety Czar

    http://current.com/...

    Something about foxes and henhouses.

    •  Why are u willfully trying to dismiss this? (3+ / 0-)
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      dansac, Fabienne, Bush Bites

      Seriously.

      EVERY rate hike will be something that can be brought up against an elected official. This is something EVERY American will feel in their pocket books and a place for them to seek recourse through their elected officials. This is huge and means a path for consistent reforms as the burden of constantly pushing for innovation and good coverage will fall on Congress.

      This is a path to real health care reform continually occurring IMO. We may disagree, but this is a purely progressive measure and if you don't trust Obama to implement it I can tell you it's something EVERY politico will hear about as they run from their constituents.

      •  Fool me once, shame on you (1+ / 0-)
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        linusben31

        We've been screwed so many times now, it's quite foolish to not look at everything in a critical light no matter which party, or politician/president, it's coming from.

        •  Then make a critical argument. (0+ / 0-)

          Because I haven't read one yet.

          This to me seems like an a purely good idea.

          Create a regulator with the power to stop excessive rate hikes. Every senator and house member will have their constituents calling about increases in their insurance bill. This will lead to sustained discussion of the health care industry in this country and that leads to sustained reform. Plus, this becomes a bipartisan issue as the NHS is in England. Conservatives and Liberals will be on their constituents pocketbooks sides; because the industry can't run an ad dismissing the real money they're vacuuming from American pocketbooks.

          This aligns Congressional interests with those of the people; that's why I bet the fight to kill it is HUGE.

          And STILL the President can't count on progressives to stand up for this reform, it's sad and pitiful of you IMO.

      •  "Trust" ? (0+ / 0-)

        New Evidence of Pharma's Sweetheart Deal

        http://www.tnr.com/...

        Sorry. The S.S. Trust sailed out of port a long time ago.

        •  This puts Congress on the side of voters money. (0+ / 0-)

          No commercial can mask the rate increases and with the power to control this in Federal hands; Congress will take a sustained interest in the health care industry. That leads to sustained reform that will undoubtedly be bipartisan.

          You don't need to trust in that; just read the proposal and tell me how this isn't good news for reformers.

          It's a path to continued change and innovation, IMO.

      •  Because we're Democrats (0+ / 0-)

        We think things through instead of following in lock-step like Republicans do.

        Sure, it means there's dissent in our ranks, but at least there's intelligent debate.  I wouldn't belong to a party that required lock-step loyalty.

        Change TX-32, Change the Nation. Send Democrat Grier Raggio to Congress.

        by CoolOnion on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 07:16:17 AM PST

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    •  Of course, you could also pick up OSHA. (1+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron

      The Chamber and other business groups have been complaining vociferously about Deborah Berkowitz. Seeing as how she came straight from the Culinary Union and AFL-CIO and what not.

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