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  •  What Obama passed was the GOP (3+ / 0-)
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    Into The Woods, CParis, kareylou

    healthcare plan.

    Back when the GOP was serious about governing and the welfare of the country.  It is sad to think it wasn't all that long ago.

    •  I think you give them too much credit. They (3+ / 0-)
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      haven't been serious about governance since at least the 70's. Nixon was probably the last serious Republican president, and look how he turned out.

      Since the mid-70's, their only goal has been to get as much money to the top 1% as possible. Everything else is a sideshow distraction to con people into voting for them.

      •  I beg to disagree. (3+ / 0-)
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        G Ford was nowhere near the bumbler he was made out to be. Actually a decent man, and a moderate by anyone's calculus.

        To me Ford was the "last moderate".  

        Exspectamus et vigilamus: quod nolite somnamus.

        by tapu dali on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 06:59:36 PM PST

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      •  Bob Dole's Health Plan? (0+ / 0-)

        Or Mitt Romney's?

        What we got was not much more "radical" than either of those.  

        It is not Class Warfare. It is more than that; it is a war for the survival of democracy.

        by Into The Woods on Mon Jan 17, 2011 at 08:38:54 PM PST

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      •  Nixon's plan of 1974 (0+ / 0-)

        Every employer would be required to offer all full-time employees the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan. Additional benefits could then be added by mutual agreement. The insurance plan would be jointly financed, with employers paying 65 percent of the premium for the first three years of the plan, and 75 percent thereafter. Employees would pay the balance of the premiums. Temporary Federal subsidies would be used to ease the initial burden on employers who face significant cost increases.

        Individuals covered by the plan would pay the first $150 in annual medical expenses. A separate $50 deductible provision would apply for out-patient drugs. There would be a maximum of three medical deductibles per family.

        After satisfying this deductible limit, an enrollee would then pay for 25 percent of additional bills. However, $1,500 per year would be the absolute dollar limit on any family's medical expenses for covered services in any one year.

        The health needs of children would come in for special attention, since many conditions, if detected in childhood, can be prevented from causing lifelong disability and learning handicaps. Included in these services for children would be:
        --preventive care up to age six;
        --eye examinations;
        --hearing examinations; and,
        --regular dental care up to age 13..

        Across the Nation, the average cost of a day of hospital care now exceeds $110.

        --The average cost of delivering a baby and providing postnatal care approaches $1,000.

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