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Barack Obama, Feb 19, 2008

Well, The System's Broken [...] Certainly I don't accept, in the richest county on Earth, that we should have 47 Million people without Health Insurance, and Millions of more people being bankrupted because of a Medical Bill.
As President of the United States, what I've proposed to do, is to make sure that we got a plan that covers ALL Americans.
The key to making this happen, is to overcome the resistance we're going to see from Drug Companies, Insurance Companies, HMO's. Over the last 10 years alone, Drug and Insurance Companies spent over $1 Billion, in preventing Health Care Reform from happening. That's going to require then, a mobilization of energy among the American People, to insist on a Congress and a White House, that are actually going to deliver this time.

(emphasis added)

You heard it, I heard it. ... We believed it.  

AND we Voted for Real Change -- Change to Fix our Broken System, a Status Quo system, held captive to Corporate Profits.

Barack Obama on Health Care -- BarackObamadotcom
February 19, 2008

Barack Obama, Feb 19, 2008

[Continuing ...]
My Plan begins by covering every single American [...] if you are one of the 45 Million Americans who don't have Health Insurance, you will have Health Insurance that is available to you. No one will be turned away because of a pre-existing condition or illness. Everyone will be able to buy into a New Health Insurance Plan, that's similar to the one that every Federal Employee, from a Postal worker in Iowa to a Congressman in Washington, currently has for themselves.

-- If you can't afford this Insurance, you will receive a subsidy to pay for it.

-- If you change jobs, your Insurance will go with you.

-- If you need to see a Doctor, you will not have to wait in long lines for one.

-- If you want more Choices, you will also have the option of purchasing from a number of affordable Private Plans, that have similar benefits and standards for Quality and Efficiency.
Finally, we will break the strangle-hold that a few big Drug and Insurance Companies have on the Health Care Market. [...] It has become clear that some of these Companies are dramatically over-charging Americans, for what they offer.  They sell the EXACT same Drugs here in America, for DOUBLE the price, as they do in Europe and Canada.
We are NOT going to get Change unless we can overcome the resistance of the Drug Companies, Insurance Companies, the HMO's those who are making a major Profit, from the System currently.

(emphasis added)

We did NOT Vote for Triggers, or for Co-Opts, or appeasing the Blue Dogs (and their Special Interests Lobbyists) --

We DID Vote for someone, who said he got it!  Who said the System was Broken.  Who DID say we needed a Public Choice, in addition to a Private one.

We DID Vote for Barack Obama, who promised us the same standard of Care, that is available to the Congress!

The 2008 Presidential Candidates' Health Reform Proposals: Choices for America
Editor: Martha Hostetter -- October 2, 2008
Author(s):  Sara R. Collins, Ph.D., Jennifer L. Nicholson, Sheila D. Rustgi, and Karen Davis, Ph.D.

Obama's Approach:

Private and Public Group Insurance with Consumer Protections and Income-Based Subsidies. Senator Obama has proposed a plan for universal coverage that would build on the current system of mixed private and public group insurance.

Some of its features are similar to the universal coverage law now being implemented in Massachusetts. All employers, other than small businesses, would be required to offer health insurance to their employees or contribute to the cost.

Eligibility for Medicaid and SCHIP would be expanded. Small businesses, self-employed individuals, and people who do not have coverage through their employers, Medicaid, or SCHIP would be able to purchase a plan through a new insurance market called the National Health Insurance Exchange.

Through this exchange, people could choose a private plan or a new public plan similar to that offered to federal employees and members of Congress.

All insurance carriers would be required to offer plans to all applicants and could not charge premiums based on health status.

Small businesses would be eligible for tax credits to offset their premium costs and individuals would be eligible for income-based premium subsidies.

(emphasis added)

Of course, since you were paying attention during the Campaign season, you knew most of this already.  And you knew that Obama stood for providing the People, a Public Health Insurance Plan, too:

A Detailed Analysis of Barack Obama's Health Care Reform Plan
By Robert Laszewski -- March 21, 2008

Obama breaks his health care reform plan down into three parts saying that it builds "upon the strengths of the U.S. health care system."

The three parts are:

  1. Quality, Affordable & Portable Health Coverage For All
  1. Modernizing The U.S. Health Care System To Lower Costs & Improve Quality
  1. Promoting Prevention & Strengthening Public Health

Obama claims that his health care reform plan will save the typical family up to $2,500 every year
Obama’s key components here include:
   * Establishing a new public program that would look a lot like Medicare for those under age-65 that would be available to those who do not have access to an employer plan or qualify for existing government programs like Medicaid or SCHIP. This would also be open to small employers who do not offer a private plan.

   * Creating a "National Health Insurance Exchange." This would be a government-run marketing organization that would sell insurance plans directly to those who did not have an employer plan or public coverage.

   * An employer "pay or play" provision that would require an employer to either provide health insurance or contribute toward the cost of a public plan.

   * Mandating that families cover all children through either a private or public health insurance plan.

   * Expanding eligibility for government programs, like Medicaid and SCHIP.

   * Allow flexibility in embracing state health reform initiatives.

(emphasis added)

Funny, There was NO Mention of Triggers, NO Mention of Co-Opts, NO Mention of catering to Blue Dogs, back then were we were "shopping for a New Leader".

We did NOT Vote for Pragmatism and Triangulation -- We Voted for Real Change we could Believe in!

We did NOT vote for More of the Same -- We Voted for some who would Take Our Country Back, from the special interests!

We Voted, for someone who knew the Real Plights, of Real People.

For someone who knew the ruthless power of Corporate Lobbyists, and who was willing to stand up against them -- to stand up, and fight for US!

We Voted for President Barack Obama!

Will that man we Voted for ... Please Stand up NOW?

WE The People, are still hoping, ... still depending on it.

Depending on that man, to show up, and fight for US -- We the People!

(NOT Them, the Special Interests!)

And we will Thank YOU, Mr. President.

............................. also posted DocuDharma

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 03:22 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips (16+ / 0-)

    Tips for Real Change

    and for Standing up, against the Special Interests,
    and against the Status Quo.

    Those Special Interests, DO NOT Deserve,
    any more Time!

    WE The People NEED Help, NOW!

    (that IS what we voted for)

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

    by jamess on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 03:22:27 PM PDT

    •  I'm going to get flogged for this, I'm sure ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... but I haven't been understanding what all the angst over the triggers is about. This is not the final bill. This is one sorry-ass excuse of a bill that has been stuck in the Senate Finance Committee since forever, and is consequently holding up the entire show. Give 'em their blessed triggers. Give 'em free plane rides on Air Force One. Whatever. Just get that damn bill out of committee so that we can move this whole show on to conference, where the real business of law crafting can at last take place.

      The thing that'll kill this reform effort isn't the presence of triggers in one committee bill (especially when the other four committee bills all feature some form of trigger-less public option). The thing that will kill this reform effort is delay. Just like in 1993. If you can keep this thing from ever even getting to a vote, guess what? You've killed it. And somewhere, once again, William Kristol will smile.

      So, I suppose if the point of all the trigger vexation is to simply make it clear that triggers will not be acceptable in the eventual final bill - right, I can agree with that. However, if everybody is up in arms because they think triggers are right now being put in place for the final bill, then I'd say ... save your energy, we haven't even hit half-time yet, and we'll need your noise when the real yelling needs to start.

      If, of course, we ever get there.


      •  Interest perspective dzog (3+ / 0-)
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        jen, poligirl, jakebob

        I guess you have more faith in the Conference Committee, than I do.

        I'd rather, see No Bill, than a Bad Bill (ie a Bill without a strong Public Option). And then try again later, starting from the Position of Single Payer, if we have to.

        The Insurance Lobbyists are drolling over the Mandate
        to cover 45 million new customers, who have NO Choice, but the Private Insurer's crappy Policies.

        We don't need MORE time (ie Triggers) to know, to prove,
        that the Private Insurers already have a Monopoly on those crappy Policies!

        In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

        by jamess on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:09:44 PM PDT

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        •  Right James ... (1+ / 0-)
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          ... But my point is, I'm afraid a lot of folks throwing their punches now will not be there when the thing does enter conference. And the longer they jerk around with it in the SF Committee, the more likely the year will end with nothing having been materially accomplished, which would actually be worse than passing a bill of half-measures that could later be amended and revised (not that I'm advocating that, and depending, of course, on what the half-measures were).

          Anyway, I've gotten used to getting the "why aren't you pulling your hair out like the rest of us?" response around here lately. I've even had plenty of folks call me an "Obama apologist" - or something to that effect - which is ironic, considering who I was actually supporting in the primaries.

          I'll say this much, though: far from considering Obama's leadership either bad or misguided on this issue, I happen to think he's playing it about right. Not that I could convince most any Kossack who would beg to differ with me on that score, but factoring in some of the (intentionally?) under-reported aspects of this whole debacle, I suspect the president has read the political terrain fairly accurately up to this point. If I'm wrong, progressives can put me in the stocks and plaster me with noxious tomatoes when its all done with.


  •  from 70% to 52% (6+ / 0-)

    and most of that leaking of support is coming from Democrats and Independents. So...uh...Rahm. Is it worth it to try to appease what you consider the center?

    •  appeasing the Mushy Middle (3+ / 0-)
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      cdreid, Shahryar, poligirl

      will only lead to a Mushy Policy,
      that will not work, for the People, being squeezed.

      If the Drug and Insurance Companies,
      are happy with the finally Bill --
      then there is definitely something WRONG with that Bill!

      Mostly likely, it would then NOT fix "the Broken System" --
      that Obama frequently referred to,
      when asking for our Votes.

      In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

      by jamess on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 03:47:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Great diary and heartfelt. (3+ / 0-)
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    cdreid, triv33, jamess

    I would add to my wish list for Pres Obama's Joint Session of Congress speech, that he tells the American people the truth. For those who keep giving this administration the benefit of the doubt in the face of Pres. Obama's horrible leadership on his supposed reform goals (you know, the master chess move defense,) I respond that I don't care how successful his stealth moves may or may not turn out to be, I don't want to be played like that and I think many progressive Americans feel the same way. If you do not publicly state universal, affordable  health coverage for all americans on day 1, you stand against your own campaign promises and against the good of this nation.
    Please save the parsing of words and the vague bs and either stand or fall with your expressed campaign promises. The American people deserve to be told the truth about your intentions.

    "At least the war on the environment is going well."

    by spider webs unite on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 03:47:18 PM PDT

    •  Thx sprder webs! (1+ / 0-)
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      the Truth, to the People, and to Congress!

      What a unique Idea!

      Wouldn't it floor everyone -- if Obama decides to call out

      the Lobbyists and there Obstruction Tactics, in Prime Time?

      Now that would get some serious attention!

      In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

      by jamess on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 03:56:23 PM PDT

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  •  Change (2+ / 0-)
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    jen, tnproud2b
    Sorry Kossacks, you voted for the delusion of change. The self delusion during the primaries that it was Hillary's fault that we don't have healthcare reform and the delusional belief that Republicans would work with a President Obama as opposed to the evil Hillary.

    You deluded yourselves that a person who spent less than four years in the US Senate without accomplishing anything (yes he's much younger than Hillary), would somehow be able to make change just because he TALKED about it and would not have to do the heavy lifting to make change.

    Just like after the election of President Clinton in 1992, many progressives have sat on their behinds because they foolishly believe that you make change just by electing somebody.

    Sorry folks, an election is only the easy part of change. The Rethugs know this, which is why they have been able to grind real healthcare reform to a halt.

    •  Elections are always (1+ / 0-)
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      easier than governing.

      But your core Principles, should not change,
      just to suit the circumstances.

      That is one of the few things, I actually  respected about,
      G. W. Bush --

      W. for the most part -- stuck to his Principles.
      (as much as I disliked them)

      Obama needs to stick to "his guns" --
      without his base, without his principles,
      he's got "No place to stand",
      to move the World, with that giant Lever,
      of Hope and Change.

      In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

      by jamess on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:00:53 PM PDT

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  •  We did not vote for triggers? (0+ / 0-)
    How many people even knew what a trigger or a public option was one year ago?

    How many people know what a public option is now? I mean, aside from that they support it as long as it doesn't cost them anything.

  •  Obama needs to STAND THE F UP on Weds (2+ / 0-)
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    jakebob, jamess

    Ed Show just polled 67% of people in a poll wil NOT vote for Obama in 2012 if he ditches a PO.

    Ed's viewers are as liberal as it gets. When Obama said "I'm willing to be a 1 termer." did that mean he WILL feed us to the Private Insurance Industry come hell or high water, and torpedo the Democratic Party in the process?

    If so, it is 1000% proof of what many have long suspected, the Dems are a FOIL for the GOP, and only serve as the doormat to the Iron Heel of our corporate Masters.

    I hope I am wrong on that guess, I really, really, really do. Really, with all my might.

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?' - 1984

    by MinistryOfTruth on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:09:28 PM PDT

    •  thks for the comment MoT! (2+ / 0-)
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      poligirl, MinistryOfTruth

      Obama does need to show us, what he's made of.

      Just like, the Progressive Caucus in the House, is ready to stand up, for what's Right, for the People.

      The Senate needs to be harangued into line.

      It wasn't easy for LBJ to get the Great Society enacted.

      If Obama wants such a legacy, he needs to twist some Senate arms too.

      If not, well Jimmy Carter, was full of "good of intentions" too -- yet the People, had moved on, by the 1980 election.

      In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

      by jamess on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:17:40 PM PDT

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      •  Sometimes a loss is a win, and a win is a loss (1+ / 0-)
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        If Obama goes down swinging for a PO and it's the GOP or the Centrist Dems fault, he wins. If he takes whatever he can get, he losses, and we lose, and we never get another chance again.

        And I politically burn this Senate to the Ground.

        The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?' - 1984

        by MinistryOfTruth on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:24:54 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  DNC just hung up on me!!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    jakebob, jamess
    I'm so mad right now...they called & thanked me for my past support & told me they needed $$ to help Prez. Obama. When the man paused to take a breath I said I would not give one penny until...and the man said I dont have time for that right now & hung up on me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  •  The People DO know what they want -- (2+ / 0-)
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    poligirl, jakebob

    Do the Politicians know, what they want?

    Data Source:

    Socialized Medicine or just the Will of The People?

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

    by jamess on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:26:25 PM PDT

  •  one more time (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    poligirl, jakebob
    one more time -- click on the Graph, to enlarge Charts (if needed)


    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act -- George Orwell

    by jamess on Fri Sep 04, 2009 at 04:40:20 PM PDT

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