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In an article I just read on Huffington Post, Jim Cooper claims:

Something major happened yesterday. Democrats and Republicans, working together, unveiled a bipartisan comprehensive health care reform plan. Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and Howard Baker did what Congress is failing to do.

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Jim Cooper, a Blue Dog conservative Democrat representing Nashville TN has come forward in a HufPo article to lavish praise on the excrement piled before the public by Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and Howard Baker.

This proposal in a nutshell: require all human beings that live in the United States to purchase private insurance plans from private insurance companies.   Voila!  Problem solved!

There's more to it than that: there are various deck chairs on the S.S. American Health that will be moved from the aft promenade deck to the forward deck in order to shift weight to the front of the ship and discourage the bow from pointing skyward.  

Now, being from Tennessee, I am quite familiar with the arrogant, smug Congressman Cooper. Those of you who were fighting for health care for all Americans back in the ancient days of the first term of Bill Clinton will recall that Jim Cooper helped torpedo Hillary Clinton's health care reform plans.

Just for fun, google "Jim Cooper health care reform Hillary Clinton" and see what you get: first two hits are "Jim Cooper, key Conservative Democrat Backs Public Health Care Option" AND "Jim Cooper Working to Kill Public Health Care Option".  That's Jim Cooper in a nutshell.

But the purpose of my diary is to point out the wit and wisdom of Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee in his HufPo article and how it relates to the issue at hand: health care.   As many of you have already concluded by using your own brains and surveying the information available from the U.S. and around the world, the only real solution to our health care crisis is to impliment a single payer plan in the U.S.  Anything else amounts to little more than waving your fist at the sky and supplicating for affordable health care from the Insurance Gods.

First off, Congressman Cooper opens his little missive with this:

Right off the bat, I want to be clear: I support health care reform.

((cue laugh track))

We are not here to slow it down. That's the Senate's job.

 ((more laughter))

Why, one would almost get the idea that Congressman Cooper cares about health care reform

We are here because we see health care reform bogging down in the Senate, and we worry that the chance to achieve this great victory for the American people is slipping out of reach

Makes me want to reach for a hanky as the tears start to well up in patriotic gratitude!

Congressman Cooper's main point seems to be that the Reconciliation process will kill health care reform, so we must save it by--- killing it off before it ever gets to the reconciliation process!   Genius!  That's the sort of pre-capitulation that doesn't come along every day, er, well actually it does, which is part of the problem.

My favorite part of Congressman Cooper's article is the quote from the top of this diary:

Something major happened yesterday. Democrats and Republicans, working together, unveiled a bipartisan comprehensive health care reform plan. Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and Howard Baker did what Congress is failing to do. They met all of President Obama's goals, and they fully financed their proposal.

 Except, of course, that President Obama has said very forcefully that he wants a public health insurance option. Oh, and who died and made these assclowns Popes of Health Care Reform???  Last time I checked they were all a bunch of has-beens who were turned out of office by the voters or (as in the case of Baker) have been irrelevant since before many kossacks were born.

I'm worried. And I'm speaking out today because I've been through a failed health care reform process before. We can't afford to repeat those mistakes this year. Let's follow President Obama's lead and work together to finally provide health care to every American. And let's do it right now.

Congressman Cooper is worried!  He's been through a failed health care reform process before!!  

Please Congressman, seek the comfort of your wife or the wise counsel of the priest/preacher/rabbi of your choice.  We can't have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from previous failed reform attempts causing worry and anguish and misjudgment, not when the people of this country need sound reasoning to fix our health care system.

Congressman Cooper, what worries me is that you and Tom Daschle and Robert Dole are pimps for the insurance industry and that all your hand wringing and "concern" about the possible failure of the reform effort is nothing more than crap designed to make the average observer think you give a rat's ass.

Congressman, please quit posing as someone who favors health care reform when you have in fact torpedoed health care reform in the past and are trying to do so again.

If you live in Nashville, please help find someone to run against this clown in next year's Democratic primary.

Originally posted to Mad Kossack on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 07:18 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Bush repealed Godwin's Law with a Signing Statement.

    by Mad Kossack on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 07:18:38 PM PDT

  •  Sigh... guess I have to call his office (2+ / 0-)
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    Greg in TN, Mad Kossack

    tomorrow and complain, as if it matters.  I walked right by there yesterday, but a that point only general grumbling was warranted.  Seriously, what's wrong with that man?- Nashville's not San Francisco or anything, but it's also not anywhere near as conservative as he is overall.

    And sure, we'll all get the chance to buy insurance for ourselves... which is great because we just know from all the glossy brochures how much BC/BS and Cigna care about us.  Until we need care that costs more than the $3-15K they'll happy collect to provide 'peace of mind,' of course; then they'll drop us in a NY minute.  Seriously, I trust car salespeople more than health insurers-- someone selling a car at least openly just wants our money, while insurers will pretend to like us for a price and bail the second their profit margin's threatened.

    Grrr...

    "Conservative principles" are marketing props used by the Conservative Movement to achieve political power, not actual beliefs. -Glenn Greenwald

    by latts on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 07:43:31 PM PDT

    •  have you noticed (4+ / 0-)
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      Greg in TN, jimreyn, newfie53523, prndl

      That NO ONE in Congress is opposed to health care reform?  Yet, real health care reform is in grave danger of failing?

      The biggest enemies of health care reform are the people who are currently crowing the loudest about how they want to save it from failing!

      Bush repealed Godwin's Law with a Signing Statement.

      by Mad Kossack on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 07:49:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  They want to (3+ / 0-)
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        Greg in TN, Mad Kossack, Karl Rover

        be able to say they've reformed healthcare, because they know the peasants are unhappy, but they want to do it in ways that benefit the moneyed classes.  It's just about creating the impression they've done something.

        "Conservative principles" are marketing props used by the Conservative Movement to achieve political power, not actual beliefs. -Glenn Greenwald

        by latts on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 08:08:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  They want to STOP healthcare reform and the only (1+ / 0-)
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          Mad Kossack

          way to do that FOR SURE is to RUN THE OPPOSITION but actually run it to kill it.

          Kind of like Ingsoc running the opposition in Orwell's "1984"

          "Rationally, single payer is the best system","our system is the worst, most expensive and least effective." - Ex-President Bill Clinton

          by Andiamo on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 08:12:14 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  Notice the apparent (1+ / 0-)
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        Mad Kossack

        definition of "reform": To pass a law through bipartisan action. Nowhere is it a requirement to improve access to health care or affordability. The passing of a law is the goal.

        If wanting the country to succeed is wrong, I don't want to be right.

        by Angela Quattrano on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 09:12:32 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  very true. (0+ / 0-)

          Because it's more important to "look busy" than it is to actually accomplish anything.

          Bipartisanship when Repubs are the majority = Dems rubberstamping whatever insane proposal is belched forth from the Repubican leadership.

          Bipartisanship when Dems are the majority = Dems showing their "seriousness" by opposing their own constituencies in order to embrace "compromise" which is always defined as whatever proposal is closest to exactly what the Republicans want.

          Bush repealed Godwin's Law with a Signing Statement.

          by Mad Kossack on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 09:52:08 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  I may be stupid (3+ / 0-)

    but this seems to me a plan, developed by Republicans, to tax Americans and force them to subsidize private insurance companies (we're already doing that with Medicare) so that the companies would have the right to reject treatment and kick people off coverage.

    Am I getting this right?

    The proposal is:

    + Raise Taxes
    + Subsidize Private Industry

    What am I missing?

    Obama plans to fund the vast majority of the public option by taking away the Medicare subsidy in Medicare advantage plans.

    What am I missing?

    Are progressive Democrats like, um, totally inarticulate in expressing the fact that subisidies for insurance and taxing health care benefits (including value added taxes, elimination of FSAs, etc) is, um, politically damaging?

    "Hey, this guy wants to raise your taxes and force you to subsidize insurance companies!!!"

    How hard is that to explain?

    Frankly, I think the Democrats are being lead into a trap, because when it comes time to vote for this bogus co-op bill the Republicans are going to run away from it like the stinking dog that it is, and then the Democrats will be left holding the bag. Bipartisanship will yield a bill so odious that no one will want to own it.

    Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

    by upstate NY on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 07:54:24 PM PDT

    •  that has been the plan all along (3+ / 0-)
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      jimreyn, cumberland sibyl, prndl

      Undermine health care reform to the point that it isn't worth passing, then leave the Democrats holding the flaming, stinking bag.  

      It's baffling why they can't see this.

      Most of our representatives are a waste of a perfectly good majority.

      Bush repealed Godwin's Law with a Signing Statement.

      by Mad Kossack on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 07:57:06 PM PDT

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  •  This is from an article which explains... (2+ / 0-)
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    jimreyn, Mad Kossack

    why health care reform is soooooo difficult (I've posted this in a few diary comments)...

    Recent Congressional financial disclosures show that many key members have major investments in the health care industry. The Washington Post reported this week that almost 30 members of Congress who hold key committee memberships that will impact the health care debate also have significant investments in health care companies. The bipartisan group of investors includes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H.; the family of Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.; Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.; Sen. Michael Crapo, R-Idaho - in all, amounting to between $11 million and $27 million (the number is imprecise, since the disclosure forms allow some ambiguity).

       According to the Associated Press, Jackie Clegg Dodd, wife of Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., serves on the boards of four health-related companies and earned more than $200,000 last year. Sen. Dodd is sitting in as chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, in place of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

    The whole article is here.

    The ekpyrotic theory hypothesizes that the origin of the observable universe occurred when two parallel branes collided.

    by rubine on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 07:58:08 PM PDT

    •  It is very easy to move that much money (0+ / 0-)

      out of health care in one day.

      Anyone in a mutual fund owns health care related corporations.

      $11-27 million is less than a drop in the bucket. That much gets moved into/out of health care every single minute that the stock market is open.

      Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

      by upstate NY on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 10:15:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  So maybe they should be moving their money... (0+ / 0-)

        out of health care to avoid the appearance of impropriety.  Also the article didn't say they had invested in a mutual fund, it said they had invested directly in health care companies.

        Looks to me like our senators and reps have been bribed to vote against any public or single payer option.

        The ekpyrotic theory hypothesizes that the origin of the observable universe occurred when two parallel branes collided.

        by rubine on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 10:22:37 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Obama struck a deal with the GOP in 2007 (0+ / 0-)

    to let him win but in exchange he had to...

    "Rationally, single payer is the best system","our system is the worst, most expensive and least effective." - Ex-President Bill Clinton

    by Andiamo on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 08:13:23 PM PDT

  •  Primary challenges needed (1+ / 0-)
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    Mad Kossack

    Some of these us can be taken down on this issue alone! We need primary challenges all over the country. The clumsy end of the dinosaurs is near.

    Is it not written "There's a lot goes on we don't get told."? (Lu Tze)

    by MakeChessNotWar on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 09:23:30 PM PDT

  •  I promise not to pay those fuckers (1+ / 0-)
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    Mad Kossack

    I now have health insurance. The wife and I pay about $700 a month, as we are currently self-employed. She goes to various doctors, mostly due to an old work-related injury; I never go to doctors, that's the way I am.

    If this Mandatory Payments to Parasitic Corporations Act of 2009 passes I will either:

    1. Leave the country for one (Panama, for god's sake) that has a real, effective, cheap ($160 for two people per month) government sponsored healthcare system, or..
    1. Refuse to pay for my insurance, as civil disobedience. I'll take the risk. You can't make me fork over money to these corporations who will automatically deny coverage when I really need it. (The wife will undoubtedly choose to keep her insurance, or better yet, push even harder for #1)

    I love the U.S., but this is too much.

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