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  •  Dennis Kucinich has principles, as least (11+ / 0-)

    80% of success is just showing up! I've been here since 07/07/05. Communication Workers of America Local 6086

    by Churchill on Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 12:38:56 PM PST

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    •  And he's right - this bill sucks.. (6+ / 0-)

      ...and will destroy support for the Democratic Party if enacted.

      The current senate bill is definitely a boondoggle for insurers. It could be improved dramatically through reconciliation and could lay the foundation for true reform. But that is a big "if."

      People keep talking about what it does accomplish for the uninsured. The question is at what expense and whose. It will require those who currently do not have insurance to buy from private insurers and without adequate subsidies in most cases. I understand that you cannot cover pre-existing conditions unless everyone is in the pool, but this is not a good way to accomplish that. There are as many people on the left as the right who have a problem with this.

      So, the question really comes down to whether reconciliation will really be able to fix this thing in an election year. I am skeptical, because we know there are too many in the Senate and House who are too beholden to their corporate masters. They may agree before the fact to support a reconciliation package, but when push comes to shove, I doubt you will find a simple majority in either in either chamber who supports a proper fix. Without such a fix, this bill is worse than nothing for the majority of those currently uninsured (the possible exception being those added to the medicaid rolls—though it is very unclear if there are enough doctors willing to take on these patients), and it is terrible for the currently insured as well.  Thus, the corporatist Dems will succeed in pissing off everyone in the country with this plan.  And thereby forfeit future elections.

      Take a stand America.  Kill this bill.

      Send your old shoes to the new George W. Bush library.

      by maxschell on Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 01:44:38 PM PST

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      •  Kos opposed this same bill... (0+ / 0-)

        ...before supporting it, and before calling a congressman "a little prick" simply because (for very sound reasons) said congressman still opposes this turd of a bill.

        My estimation for Markos went down the toilet this evening when I heard his ridiculous hateful rant.

        The Goldstone Report: read it and weep for the people of Gaza.

        by DFH on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 01:17:51 AM PST

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      •  This bill helps many many people (0+ / 0-)

        including peeps in my family, and people - especially females - in their 20s and 30s who are excluded or charged enormous premiums for pre-existing conditions like fibroids, for pity's sake. A friend just lost her brother this week because he avoided a hospital visit - he had no insurance. He had a simple infection that could've been cured w/an antibiotic!

        Kucinich is an opportunist. I saw it personal and up-front when I campaigned for him in the 04 primary. Despite being from Cleveland, for pity's sake, he acted like he'd never heard of reparations when asked if he supported it at a black newspaper office in SF, then in 5 minutes said he was for it.  It was ugly, it was patronizing, it was unprofessional to the enth-degree. Then, for his 08 perennial run, he married a trophy wife young enough to be his daughter, as if that would make his ego-driven candidacy more legit. Puh-lease.

    •  Yeah, like his principled pro-life stance. (0+ / 0-)

      Which he dropped right before running for President.

      He just wants to get his face on TV. He is an empty suit.

      God has no religion. - Gandhi

      by OIL GUY on Tue Mar 09, 2010 at 02:03:12 PM PST

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