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“Privatized health care has failed. ObamaCare is the federal government picking up the pieces of another failed, privatized industry.

The government has done this with the transportation industry, picked up the pieces, rescued the industry for the sake of the people of the United States.

The government did this with the failed private banking system, bailing them out because they gambled more money than they had, and the US and world economy would have collapsed without government intervention.

So, the next time you hear a Republican try to tell you ANY PART of a government program or industry should be privatized, just remember, they will take the money up front, and they will eventually fail.”

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  •  Umm.....asphinctersayswhat? (0+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 08:19:17 PM PST

  •  Pay Three Times (3+ / 0-)

    I've always said that "privatization" is a way to make the public pay 3 times for something.

    First Time -- to build the system (say Social Security)

    Second Time -- we pay to privatize it (as Wall Street rapes the program for profit)

    Third Time -- to bail out the mess created while we were being raped by Wall Street

    •  Here's Another Take on 3 Times: (2+ / 0-)
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      koseighty, Horace Boothroyd III

      I worked once for a private sector libertarian and once for state gov research admin.

      For the libertarian I did body repair. The libertarian charged the customer 3x what he paid me to fix the dents and dings.  1x for my wage, 2nd x for the shop overhead such as taxes, my share of facility costs, etc., and the 3rd x for his profit. Oh he also charged for raw materials and supplies above and beyond this.

      When I worked state research admin, we only charged donors 2x. Half their donation went to actual research, the other half went to overhead to pay for the state facilities used, --but 0x went to profit.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 08:34:32 PM PST

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  •  Privatized healthcare has totally failed (1+ / 0-)
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    PJ Parker

    And now we will be subsidizing it. Trading away the public option was the greatest mistake ever made by the Obama administration as regards healthcare.

    There was a breakout of common sense on Morning Joe today. The editor of some magazine was on who devoted a whole issue to the run-away costs of healthcare. Have to check the website for specifics, and just don't have the time right now, BUT

    According to him, the ONLY downward pressure on healthcare costs is Medicare, which contracts for specific prices and has a price table of they maximum they will pay for any procedure. He went on to say for example, a private person has an operation and the charge is 25,000. A Medicare patient has the same operation a day later for $7000. Hel also said that putting MORE people on Medicare is the one thing that would actually reduce our overall out of pocket costs for healthcare!!

    Of course we also miss the boat on a continual and daily basis by NOT negotiating drug costs in Medicare, the only fact you need to know in order to acknolwege how corrupt and beholdne our government is to corporate interests- they actually pass a law that FORBIDS them to negotiate prices in a government programin order to save the taxpayers a buck.

    Stop putting up with BS - when they talk about chained CPI, for example, say "Why don't you do something that will save money RIGHT NOW - like negotiate costs for drugs in Medicare and why don't you open up Medicare as the public option on the exchanges?"

    Like that will happen.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:19:21 AM PST

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