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  •  This doesn't rely on individals. (0+ / 0-)

    It does, however, focus the issue on the pocketbook of voters.

    People see a rate hike, they call their representative because Congress can stop it, it focuses the attention on WHY are the rates increasing, it leads to a discussion on how to deal with the issue. That means more reform.

    That is aligning voters interests with those of elected representatives and cuts down on lobbyists and industries power.

    •  Sounds good. Just like expecting Congress to (0+ / 0-)

      pass a single payer system because voters call their congressional representatives to vote for it.  The big money - ie, the insurers - will carry more weight than the voters.  Relying on the fantasy that individual voters will have more influence than the corporations/trade groups is not the basis for good policy.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

      by accumbens on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 07:07:14 AM PST

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