This Page Is A
Historical Repository That Documents The Sham That Was Promised
To Us As Health Care Reform. It Should Also Serve
As A Public Embarrassment To The Crooked Assholes Who Destroyed
This For All Of Us, All For The Sake Of Corporate Profit As Well
As Political Bribery.
While this bill is not what was originally
intended, it is a good start to build upon to end the
insurance company exploitation and abuse of client policies.
It will eventually put an end to denial for pre-existing
conditions. There are some positives here, but it is a far cry
from the Conyers-Kucinich plan, HR-676. When we achieve that
plan, only then will America truly have outstanding
"We the People" Know The Good Few
On Capitol Hill That Fought On Our Behalf. The Rest Of You
Should Be Tried For Treason. Plain And Simple. You Are Either
Political Scum Or Immoral Corporate Sleaze.
Many thanks to those who continue to fight
the good fight for health care reform, particularly Congressman
Dennis Kucinich from Ohio and Congressman John Conyers from
Michigan, to name but a few, who have championed this important
cause for all Americans, Democrat and Republican,
rich and poor.
THE HEALTH (S)CARE DEBATE:
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW & WHAT YOU NEED TO
The Best Public Option: Single Payer
Universal Government Paid Care
Hopefully this explains the necessity of single
payer HR 676 to the FOX news crowd.
Congressional Representatives Fighting Against Government Run Health Care
Should Give Up Their Own Government Paid Health
(They Get It For Life)
Boy, these insurance companies really have hearts of gold,
don't they? They finally agree they won't kick out sick kids - "but it'll cost
you." They're going to
milk every last dime out of this until the new law kicks in:
Insurers said they would comply with
regulations the government issues requiring them to cover children with
pre-existing conditions, after a dispute with lawmakers over
interpretation of the new health-care legislation.
The Obama administration has made near-immediate coverage for sick children a
priority in its health-care overhaul. But shortly after the bill's passage last
week, insurers contended that the law didn't
require them to accept sick children until 2014.
Obama Signs Historic U.S. Health Care Bill Health-Care Reform Is Now Law
Washington Post (blog) -
Ezra Klein -
032310 The president has signed the bill.
I know this has confused some, but health-care reform is now
law. The Senate's vote on the reconciliation fixes will ...
About 32 million Americans who don't have health insurance will
get access to coverage when the $940 billion health care plan
What does that mean for
Americans who don't have insurance, or who are in danger of
losing it? A few shared their thoughts with CNN about health
care reform and how it affects them. Then we sought expert
opinions on how reform might really work in their lives. (Read
In a private meeting in the Capitol just now, a dozen or more House liberals
bluntly told Nancy Pelosi that there was no
chance that they would vote to pass the Senate bill in its current form
— making it all but certain that House Dems won’t opt for this approach, a
top House liberal tells me.
Landmark health care overhaul bill heads to Obama's desk CNN -
Alan Silverleib, Ted Barrett -
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
celebrate during Sunday night's health care vote. Washington
(CNN) -- A sweeping bill overhauling the US medical system goes
to President Obama's desk on Monday to ...
Obama lauds House for passing health care
bill Washington Post -
Ben Feller -
AP WASHINGTON -- Capping a long day and a consuming political
journey, President Barack Obama celebrated the passage of health
care legislation with hugs, high fives and an emboldened
attitude. Said the president to the nation, "Tonight, ...
One step remains in Senate; GOP set for
battle to the end Boston Globe -
Lisa Wangsness -
As Democrats celebrated their health care achievement last
night, Republicans countered with a warning: They will fiercely
challenge those parts of the package that must still win
approval in the Senate. GOP leaders are preparing a ...
Alan Grayson On
Health Insurance Care
The Great Public Option Health
Care Rip-Off We Are Being Screwed By Politicians And Wealthy Corporate
Institutions NewsFocus: Congressional Representatives
Fighting Against The Health Care Public Option Should Give Up Their
Government Paid Health Insurance (They Get
It For Life) NewsFocus, by Tim Watts 060609 Americans should be outraged by the fiasco known as
health care reform. First off, the best plan for the people is
hands down HR-676, the Conyers-Kucinich plan. It is the only
not-for-profit health care plan out there. With over 33% of
health care going to the health insurance industry, it is
the one plan capable of single handedly bringing down the
exorbitant price of health care.
What is most galling in this endeavor is the
greed and politicization that has taken over, with no regard for
the initial concept of caring for the people. At this point the
Republican Congress and conservative blue-dog Democrats have
opted to side with the multi-trillion dollar insurance industry,
rather than giving any substantive regard to their constituents.
When you hear Congress members remark that a government backed
public-option would be too attractive and hurt the private
insurance industry, you know their priorities are not in our
best interests to begin with. Most glaring of all, where is any
mention of a single payer government paid for plan? ... (Read
See Who The Insurance
Industry Has Working For Them On Capitol Hill:
It got a brief mention on some of the cable channels, but the only major TV
network that carried live coverage of this healthcare reform rally in D.C.
yesterday was Fox - and then, only to ridicule it:
The reason? AHIP, the health insurance lobbying organization, was meeting in
(where else?) the Ritz-Carlton. A coalition of groups led by unions including
SEIU, AFSCME, UFCW and Health Care for American Now declared the meeting site a
"corporate crime scene" and
attempted to make a citizens' arrest:
In a reverse twist on the old protestors' tactic of getting arrested to make
a point, union leaders and other backers of President Obama's healthcare plan
issued "citizen's arrest" warrants for health insurance executives Tuesday –
accusing them of exploiting consumers. ...
The Plight of Some
In The Insurance Industry To Make A Buck
If this doesn't make you angry, then you're in the
The Health Insurance Racket
This will make you sick, but then the healthcare
industry would only profit.
America Needs The Conyers-Kucinich Bill HR
676 A Not-For-Profit Universal Health Care System That Would Save Trillions In
Under A Decade (Learn What The Insurance Industry Doesn't Want
You To Have)
By Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Our health care system is broken,
H.R. 676, the Conyers-Kucinich bill, is the only
comprehensive solution to the problem. It is also the system
endorsed by more than 14,000 physicians from Physicians for a
National Health Program. Nearly 46 million Americans have no
health care and over 40 million more have only minimal
Congressman Kucinich of Ohio On Healthcare In America
HR-676 is the only not-for-profit health care system, saving us trillion$.
Health Care or Insurance
Care? It's Time to Respond!
Dear Friends, The President's health care policy speech was brilliant but
when you get into the details another picture emerges.
Unfortunately, at this point, the proposal outlined last night
is the ultimate corporate giveaway. It's not health care, it's
insurance care. As many as thirty million new customers for an
insurance industry which makes money not providing health care.
The only way this country will see true health is by investing
in real health care. That is the essence of HR676, the single
The President opened his speech speaking of how we have solved
the economic crisis - how? By rewarding those who caused the
crash! Is this the way we solve the health care crisis?
Rewarding the insurance companies? Helping insurance and
pharmaceutical stock to soar, propping up markets while skimping
on health care? The very same system which caused the health
care crisis is being rewarded with the guarantee of tens of
millions of new customers mandated - by law - to have health
care. The latest plan rewards the very companies that have
denied treatment, denied care, denied drug coverage while their
profits grow daily.
The only way this country will see true sustainable economic
recovery is through investment in the real economy, priming the
pump through job creation. The only way this country will see
true health is by investing in real health care.
The "public option" has been relegated to insignificance. What
we will now get is yet another "private option", not a public
option, because single-payer is "off the table." We the people
deserve better. We have been faced with general warfare in Iraq
and Afghanistan - multi-trillion dollar bailouts for arms
merchants, $12 trillion in bailouts for Wall Street, bailouts to
coal and nuclear industries, and now proposed huge subsidies for
the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. What's wrong with
this picture? Everything!
(letter from 9/9/09)
The health care decision-making process in Washington is
horribly tainted by the campaign contributions of insurance and
pharmaceutical interests. Under the pay-to-play system health
care becomes insurance care, the public option shrinks to
irrelevance, the choice we are left: What kind of private,
for-profit insurance do you want? This is not acceptable. We
must respond now, and not settle for a plan which subsidizes
insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies and sets the
stage for the privatization of Medicare. We want Health Care for
all the people, Medicare for All, which is exactly what the bill
John Conyers and I wrote,
accomplishes. And the only way we will achieve it is to organize
and take action in our communities to effect real change at a
state and national level. Let us initiate immediately an action
plan to intervene and provide health care for all:
Please contact your lists, your family and friends. Please
sign the petition for a single payer system. I will deliver
the petitions directly to your Congressperson.Petition to download,
print and circulate among
friends and neighbors - including an instruction sheet.
A National Health Care for All Conference Call from
Washington, DC, at 10 pm EDT, Thursday, September 10th
1-800-230-1096. Join us, so that we can discuss our new
beginning and ways in which we can all help. Pre-registration
is necessary in order to reserve sufficient phone lines.
Please RSVP here.
When you call in and the operator asks, "what conference
call?" tell the operator, "Health Care for All."
I need your help to initiate this action. If you believe, as
I do, that we can and must begin a new long-term state-by-state
grassroots effort to create a single-payer, not-for-profit
health care system,
Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Outlines Health Care Reform
not for profit health care
spells out bill HR 676
An open letter from Congressman Kucinich on
In mid-May, in an effort to reach consensus, President
Obama secured a deal with the health insurance companies
to trim 1.5% of their costs each year for ten years saving
a total of $2 trillion dollars, which would be
reprogrammed into healthcare. Just two days after the
announcement at the White House the insurance companies
reneged on the deal which was designed to protect and
increase their revenue at least 35%
The insurance companies reneged on the deal because they
refuse any restraint on increasing premiums, co-pays and
deductibles - core to their profits. No wonder a recent
USA Today poll found that only four percent of Americans
trust insurance companies. This is within the margin of
error, which means it is possible that NO ONE TRUSTS
Senate Health Bill Passes; US Senate Fails Us Miserably CommonDreams.org - 122409
A Big Win For PhRMA, Health Insurance Companies, Obama, Reid, Nelson, Lincoln,
Lieberman; A Big Loss For The American People And the Progressive Movement.
Today’s vote in the Senate to pass their health care reform bill was a big win
for many people. It was a big win for the drug companies, the biologics
industry, the hospital companies, and the for-profit health insurance
corporations. They will all get billions of government dollars piled on to
their ledgers, and and millions of Americans now forced to buy their products.
The vote was also a huge win for the lobbyists who just saw their profits jump
thanks to this great opportunity to show their clients just how powerful their
hold on Washington really is. ...
"Any plan I sign must include an insurance exchange -- a one-stop shopping
marketplace where you can compare the benefits, costs, and track records of a
variety of plans -- including a public option to increase competition and keep
insurance companies honest." - President Obama - Weekly Radio Address - July 17, 2009
Senate Democrats get 60 votes to move healthcare bill along Los Angeles Times -
It's the first of three major hurdles in the Senate en route to an anticipated
vote by Christmas. Victoria Reggie Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy,
greets Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., after the vote. ...
Senate Dems eye finish line for health bill msnbc.com -
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama cheered a crucial health care vote in the
Senate on Monday that put historic legislation well on its way to pre-Christmas
passage and which sharpened already edgy partisan tensions. The
middle-of-the-night vote, ...
Harkin: Public option is not dead Key Dem insists plans for a
public health care system will be 'revisited' NewsFocus: We will believe it when we see
it. Here's a tip: Put up or just shut up!!
Stakeholders in Health Insurance Reform Debate Gave Big to Senators OpenSecrets.org, December 24, 2009 9:30 AM
Senators who opposed the health insurance reform bill passed on
Christmas Eve received an average of nearly 30 percent more political donations
from political action committees and individual employees of health and health
insurance-related groups and companies since 1989, a Center for Responsive
Politics analysis has found.... (Continue)
An ugly finale for health-care reform Washington Post -
Dana Milbank - 122109
Going into Monday morning's crucial Senate vote on health-care legislation,
Republican chances for defeating the bill had come down to a last, macabre hope.
They needed one Democratic senator to die -- or at least become incapacitated.
White House as Helpless Victim on Healthcare
InformationClearinghouse.info, by Glenn Greenwald
- Dec 2009 From the start, assuaging the health insurance
and pharmaceutical industries was a central preoccupation of the White House --
hence the deal negotiated in strict secrecy with Pharma to ban bulk price
negotiations and drug reimportation, a blatant violation of both Obama's
campaign positions on those issues and his promise to conduct all negotiations
out in the open (on C-SPAN).
We Are Being Steered To A Plan Benefiting The
Insurance Industry Why No Mention of HR-676, The Single-Payer Option? (Universal Health Care) NewsFocus, by Tim Watts 100809 With the health care debate raging, the scare tactics have abated for the
most part, however, the disinformation and need for greed have not let up. With
over a trillion dollars per year in health care profits on the line, it is easy
for those that understand what's at stake to realize the impetus for the
deception of the public. Since most Americans fail to read anymore, preferring
to be spoon-fed their news by a lazy, if not overly complicit corporate media,
few understand the ruse being played out in front of them.
First off, HR-676, universal health care for all, is hands down the least costly, yet the best
coverage and health plan for Americans. Every single American would get
coverage, while still being able to see the doctor of your choice. So why argue
about being forced out of your costly private insurance plan for a government
plan when the
bottom line is that you still get to choose your doctor?
Secondly, all other plans still allow the insurance companies
to profit handsomely, raking in over 33% of health insurance premiums for their profit, driving
up the cost of American health care while putting themselves in league with the
excessively lucrative oil companies, all during arguably the worst economic
downturn in this country's history.
Under HR-676, the Conyers-Kucinich plan,
the insurance company profit would not exist, forcing the cost of American
health care down. The reason being, HR-676 is a non-profit plan.
That is the primary reason why the insurance industry has
spent over one-million dollars per day to dupe Americans on health care reform.
Not only have they spent quite handsomely, but they've pulled in all of their
political favors from the politicians beholden to them through millions in
campaign donations. Every politician fighting against health care reform is on
the big money gravy-train from the insurance industry.
The biggest ruse is the public-option. They make it seem as
though they don't want us to have it, in essence out-Freuding many to then
scream and beg for it, so they think they're getting something they shouldn't have.
This is nothing more than psychological warfare. The Republicans and Blue-dogs want
Americans to believe the insurance industry doesn't want it, but truth be told,
even though the public-option may be government regulated to feature a lower
cost, it still delivers 46-million new customers to the insurance industry to
profit from. A huge win for the insurance industry.
Are you starting to get the picture?
The best plan for America is one that emulates the European
health care system, a government provided system that is free for all
Americans. With a single-payer plan, we get the freedom to choose our own
doctor, to visit the hospital of our choice, but with no premiums or co-pays.
Single-payer HR-676 is free health
insurance that will cost less than all other health care plans out there.
Don't be cheated by our bought-and-paid-for politicians, or a
deceptive health insurance industry. There's a reason they've spent
close to $400-million in this fight so far, to fool you so that they can keep their own share of over
one trillion dollars in health insurance profits.
If you're tired of being denied due to pre-existing conditions,
while enduring ever rising insurance rates, don't be a chump and allow yourself
to be spoon-fed a blatant lie. Take the time to look at non-biased sources of
health care info and get the real facts on
universal health care, single-payer HR-676. Hands down, the best plan
Fight for your right to the health care we all deserve.
Politicians Are Hiding The Best Health
Care Plan From Us All
The health insurance industry doesn't want us to have the best plan. HR 676, 'Universal' Health Care For All Americans!
It's all inclusive, more comprehensive and
cheaper too! The Cost:
Conyers-Kucinich Plan HR-676 $387B | Baucus Plan
HR 676 And Its Funding HealthCareNow.org Funding the plan:Maintain current federal and state funding for
existing healthcare programs; employer payroll tax of 4.5%, an employee payroll
tax of 3.3%, in addition to the already existing 1.45% for Medicare; establish a
5% health tax on the top 5% of income earners; 10% tax on top 1% of wage
earners, 1/3rd of 1% stock transaction tax, closing corporate tax loop-holes;
repeal the Bush tax cut for the highest income earners. (The ultra-wealthy would
finally pay part of their debt to society to fund HR 676.)
A clean sweep Lawrence Journal World -
Joe Douglas - Sep 14, 2009
HR 676 represents the key to jobs jobs jobs and new
economic growth to the nation. It will make the USA far more attractive to new
industry and hopefully ...
Number of US uninsured
rises to 46.3 million
Poverty rate in US soars 13.2%, number of poor Americans at
(NewsFocus: So with mandated health insurance for all,
the industry stands to add 46.3 million new customers, making
billions immediately and trillions in the next decade. The
insurance industry is no doubt turning cartwheels of joy. Given
this mandate from Obama, a public option is not going to
hurt these parasites in the least.)
Republicans Working With Lobbyists to Further Weaken Health Care Reform
HuffingtonPost.com - 122609
Liberal bloggers have attacked the health care reform bill now in the
conference committee. The all-but-eliminated-public option, the proposed taxes
on so-called Cadillac health plans won by union workers over years of
difficult labor negotiations, the attack on abortion rights, the lack of
restraints of insurance company fees, the rejection of competition in drug
pricing, all these and many more failings in the bill have been railed against
on this site and others. ...
NewsFocus: Reid and Pelosi aren't for
helping America. They proved that when they categorically stated that
impeachment was off the table. They have given Democrats a bad name. It's time
for a leadership change, now, or a people's march on Washington.
The Battlefield for Health-Care Reform Now Moving To A State Near You
Susie Madrak Tuesday Dec 29, 2009 4:00pm
Activism and organizing for
healthcare reform on the state level has the potential to be more effective,
because while state legislators are even more easily influenced by campaign
donors, they're also more vulnerable to local pressure. So it's important to
follow the fight in your state, make your position on strong regulation known to
your representatives and lobby friends and family to do the same. ...
Senator Bernie Sanders Says He Won't Vote For Current Senate Health Care Bill
Logan Murphy Thursday Dec 17, 2009 7:00am
Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders became the first to introduce a
universal health care bill on the floor of the Senate. (see above video) While
he eventually withdrew the bill after Republican delaying tactics, my hat is off
to the Independent Senator from Vermont. He has always stood up for the people
of his state and the country and he has big brass ones!
Now, Bernie has said that he will not vote for the current
bill. More from
The Hill: (Read
Drug-Makers Paying Off Competitors To Keep Cheap Generics Off Market
IntelDaily.com, Fri, 04 Dec 2009 13:53:00 +0000
Republicans and their allies in the business community talk a good game about
the virtues of free-market competition. But, as we've seen in the debate over
the public option, that stance often goes out the window when corporate profits
are at stake.
And now we've got another example -- one of the sleaziest and
most blatantly self-serving yet. ...
Single-payer solution Salt Lake Tribune -
Sep 24, 2009
I am a woman in her mid-fifties in good health. Thank goodness,
because I cannot afford to go to the doctor. Three days ago, I received my
quarterly health ...
I think Nick Kristof
makes a fine suggestion here and we should ask Congress to do it to show
they're working in good faith:
Let me offer a modest proposal: If Congress fails to pass comprehensive
health reform this year, its members should surrender health insurance in
proportion with the American population that is uninsured.
It may be that the lulling effect of having very fine health
insurance leaves members of Congress insensitive to the dysfunction of our
existing insurance system. So what better way to attune our leaders to the
needs of their constituents than to put them in the same position? ...
Al Franken Calls Out John Thune On Health Care Lies
MN had Wellstone and now we have another great Senator, Al
The Best "Public Option" Should Be A Government Paid (Free)
Single Payer Plan For Each And Every American, Universal Health Care. Why Isn't
Congress And The Media Talking About HR 676?
We already pay more than enough in taxes to afford this plan for everyone in
America, but we don't apply our tax dollars wisely. This plan is easily
feasible, if we ask for it.
Read more on this page about Single Payer Plan HR 676, the one they won't
Is This Real Reform? The Insurance Companies Got Everything They Wanted CrooksandLiars.com,
by Susie Madrak Monday Oct 26, 2009 11:00am
AHIP's Karen Ignagni Appears on MSNBC
So according to
this L.A. Times article, the health insurance got everything it wanted in
this healthcare "reform" bill - except the death of the public option. So as
relatively small a concession as that is unacceptable to them - which tells you
who really owns this country. (Not us.) All the more reason to push your
congress critter. Call today! ... (Read
Dems Want Some Healthcare Reforms to Kick In Before
Mid-Terms CrooksandLiars.com, by Susie Madrak
Monday Oct 26, 2009 2:00pm
Dems are pushing hard for something to show the voters. Too bad they didn't
just drop the Medicare age, but oh well: Democrats are pushing Senate leaders and the White House to
speed up key benefits in the health reform bill
to 2010, eager to give the party something to show taxpayers for their
$900 billion investment in an election year. ... (Read
Taking Away Patients' Rights To Further Enrich Insurance
Cliff Schecter Wednesday Nov 11, 2009 3:00pm
What a week. We've already seen Blue Dogs take
women to the back of the bus (or was it the alley?) with
Stupak's impressively Stupid Amendment. Now we're hearing that
those who supposedly worry about "too much spending" when it
comes to health care--you know, the meatloaf-brains who rejected
the public option, which would create competition and actually
bring down costs--are now blathering on about embracing "tort
Because you'd really
want to take away the rights of victims in a democracy to lower
the health care costs by...wait for it...wait for it... ".5%" (according
to the CBO).
All you really need
to know is that Blue Dogs/GOPers (is there any difference?) are
those in favor of this counterproductive course of action, yet
if you do indeed need more, watch the heart wrenching videos
recounting the tragic results of medical malpractice. To learn
more about the 98,000 lives lost due to medical error each
year--or 268 every day--go
to 98,000 reasons, a website set up by the American
Association for Justice. Once there
send a message to your Senator: Remind them you won't have
your rights further stripped away so they can scarf down more
caviar with their contributors at Big Insurance.
Teaming with the
liberal Brave New Films, a former Blue Cross pitchman is now
pitching against Blue Cross.
Andy Cobb, who
once tried to sell Floridians on a Blue Cross health insurance
plan, says he's fed up with the industry.
"I was a spokesman
for BlueCross and Blueshield of Florida," Cobb says.
"Call me a spokesjerk. People who make money for buying things
you don't need. And we're telling you lies."
"They, by which I
mean I, make money by standing in the way of reform," Cobb
says in the ad, which appears as a spoof of something like a
freecreditreport.com ad. "It's time for change."
Stupak Amendment Passes
Heather Saturday Nov 07, 2009 7:56pm
Well isn't this lovely? 64 Democrats decided to sell out
women's health with this horrid vote.
Final vote tally 240-194 with Shadegg voting present.
Word is it will be stripped out in committee. We'll see.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an assortment of
national business groups opposed to President Obama's
health-care reform effort are collecting money to finance
an economic study that could be used to portray the
legislation as a job killer and threat to the nation's
economy, according to an e-mail solicitation from a
top Chamber official.
As reported earlier, House
leaders have stripped the Kucinich amendment from the House
health care reform bill. This amendment would help nullify
legal challenges against efforts by individual states to
enact their own single-payer systems. ...
Single-payer stripped from health reforms
John Byrne -
Friday, October 30th, 2009 -- 8:56 am A government-run healthcare program may
become an "option" for those who don't have employer-sponsored
healthcare coverage, but a government-run healthcare system will
leaders quietly stripped a single-payer provision from the House
version of the healthcare overhaul Thursday. The measure would
have allowed states to set up their own state-run healthcare
systems, where local governments would have become de facto
health insurers for residents.
Kucinich: Health reform legislation ‘a bailout for
insurance companies’ CrooksandLiars.com, by
Stephen C. Webster
October 31st, 2009 -- 4:01 pm
According to Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), the Democrats'
health reform legislation is basically a sham.
Appearing on MSNBC's The Ed Show on Friday night, the
House's most unabashed progressive condemned Democratic
leadership for removing his amendment that would allow states to
create their own single-payer systems. Then he called the entire
legislative package "a bailout for insurance companies."
Seven members of the Senate Budget Committee threatened
during a Tuesday hearing to withhold their support for
critical legislation to raise the debt ceiling if the bill
calling for the creation of a bipartisan fiscal reform
commission were not attached. Six others had
previously made such threats, bringing the total to 13
senators drawing a hard line on the committee legislation.
We learned yesterday that Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) has
distributed a three-page memo to his Republican colleagues, reminding them of
various procedural tactics they can utilize to obstruct, delay, and undermine
the debate on health care. Sam Stein called it "the equivalent of an obstruction
manual -- a how-to for holding up health care reform."
This morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
seized on the document: "The good news is that Senate Republicans finally, at
long last, have put a detailed plan down on paper. The bad news is that it's
not, as we'd hoped, a plan to make health care insurance more affordable; it's
not one to make health insurance companies more accountable; and it's certainly
not a plan to reverse rapidly rising health care costs and draw down our
"The Republican plan we've waited weeks and months to see ...
[is] not even about health care at all.
The first and only plan Senate Republicans could be bothered to
write up is an instructional manual on how to bring the Senate to a screeching
halt. We knew that was happening anyway, but they had the audacity to put it in
Former DNC Chair Howard Dean called on Sen. Joseph
to resign as chair of Senate
Homeland Security Committee if he can't bring himself to
oppose a Republican filibuster of health care reform
Appearing on "The Joe Scarborough Show" on WABC, Dean
stressed that he had no problem with Lieberman opposing the
bill on its philosophical merits, or lack thereof.
he insisted that it was irresponsible and unprincipled to not
allow the legislation to come to an up-or-down vote.
"I think that is a very complicated guy," said Dean. "He
does because he says he's a principled guy but there's nothing
principled about holding up a bill...
If he was a
principled guy he'd resign his chairmanship." ...
Billionaires For Wealthcare Crash AHIP Meeting
These guys are great! A different slant on getting the message out.
As recounted in a
front-page article in The New York Times, on the strength of a
single "yes" from a member of the Party of No, President Barack Obama described
the 14 to 9 Senate Finance Committee vote in favor of the Baucus health care
bill as "a critical milestone," adding, "We are now closer than ever to passing
health care reform."
With all due respect, Mr.
President, it is nothing of the sort. To the contrary, the Senate Finance
Committee has produced nothing less than a legislative obscenity. ... (Read
What If, Instead of Fox, Team Obama Tackled Insurance Profiteers
by John Nichols -
Monday, October 26, 2009
Suppose President Obama and his aides had decided to take on the
worst offender among the big insurance companies this fall. Suppose the White
House had highlighted the failure of the company to provide quality care, the
abuses in which it has engaged and the behind-the-scenes campaigning by a
self-interested corporation to influence the health-care debate in a manner that
helps it while harming Americans. ... (Read
public option would effectively be just another insurance plan offered on the
open market. It would likely be administered by a private insurance provider,
charging premiums and co-payments like any other policy. ...
NewsFocus: <sigh> As
suspected. It's not about health care, it's about insurance care.
See the YouTube video farther below: HR 676 Universal Health Care For All Americans Politicians Are Hiding The Best Health Care Plan From Us All.
NewsFocus: What is so wrong about Single Payer Option in the
health reform bill and why are the Republicans fighting so hard to keep it
from us? Two reasons: 1) It will hurt the trillion dollar insurance industry
that lines their Republican pockets. 2) they want to hurt the Democratic party
for the next election in their zeal to get back in office. So, essentially the
GOP is willing to sell us all up the river on health care for money and possible
2010 votes. Republican Senator John Ensign actually admitted that they are afraid the American people
will find a Single Payer or Public Option too attractive. Seriously. They
don't want to let us have either because we might like them too much! Now
there's some twisted political logic for you.
The appropriated cost is around $10 billion a month, which is
enough to pay for the entire health care plan by itself. But that doesn't
include the future health care costs for injured American soldiers, which is
staggering. Nor the cost to the Iraqis or Afghans, of course. ...
The admission, published in the last sentence
of a Wall Street Journal
article, highlights the stakes of potential healthcare
reform for the private health insurance industry. Insurers
and investors alike are terrified at the prospect of a
so-called “public option,” which would create a
government-run health insurance program to compete with private
insurers. Because the government plan wouldn’t have to earn
a profit, the plan would be able to undercut the premiums of
private firms, pressuring profit margins. ...
Intershame.com — a site which aims to draw attention to misbehavior — those
five senators have collectively been the recipients of over $19 million in
donations from health care, pharmaceutical, and health insurance companies over
the course of their Congressional careers. ...
SPIN METER: Once Medicare's foe, GOP now boosts
it The Associated Press -
Beth Fouhy -
NEW YORK - Weren't Republicans against Medicare before they were
for it? It's a question vexing Democrats in the fierce battle
over President Barack Obama's push for a health care overhaul as
the head of the Republican Party has portrayed the GOP as ...
The Health Scare Being
Perpetrated By Those Protecting Big Insurance
The far-right and those bought-off by big
insurance are lying to Americans
Socialism Is Not A Dirty Word! Unless Of Course You Are A Capitalist Trying To Profit From Public Services
A Message To The Non-Thinking Lemmings Of America
NewsFocus, Op/Ed by Tim Watts 090209
Once again the ultra-wealthy have
fooled the mass populace of stupid Americans. In case you don't
know, let me clarify who the stupid ones are. Those are the
people who do not look at both sides of an issue or a story.
Those are the people that stay within the narrow confines of
their warped political paradigm, accepting only information from
those with their same political viewpoint, mouthpieces that are
also ignorant, or else getting kickbacks in profit to keep you
in the dark.
What? Someone would actually
profit by keeping you in the dark?
This can't be true you might say.
What possible scenario would exist where something like this
could occur? Well, first you need to crawl out from the big huge
rock you're hiding under for a moment and then we can try to
think real hard of an example. Let's think together now, real
Hey! I know, the health care
debate, or as I like to call it, health scare.
Let's see now. Our elected
representatives have written a bill that would reform the health
insurance industry and give us free health care, like
Canada, so that we can live a better life and escape from
exorbitant medical bills that crush families and drive many to
poverty, while others get filthy rich denying us all needed
medical services. ...
1-Percenters (Richest Americans) Launch Attack On Health Care The Rich Well-To-Do
Don't Want The Rest of America To Be Cared For By David Sirota 072409 Here's a truism: The wealthiest 1
percent have never had it so good. According to government
figures, 1-percenters' share of America's total income is the
highest it has been since 1929, and their tax rates are the
lowest they've faced in two decades. Through bonuses, many
1-percenters will profit from the $23 trillion in bailout
largesse the Treasury Department now says could be headed to
'Death panels' already in Medicare (But It's Not What You Think)
Kansas City Star -
Aug 24, 2009 The death-panel rhetoric has it all wrong:
government isn't making end-of-life decisions, it's facilitating
discussion between physician and patient. ...
Grandma On Healthcare
This is so close to what is happening right now. Thank you SNL!.
America's True Journalist Jon Stewart Debates Betsy McCaughey
Stewart Exposes The Lie Being Perpetrated
In The Health (S)care Fiasco
Jon Stewart vs. Betsy McCaughey- Part 1
Jon Stewart vs. Betsy McCaughey- Part 2
If YouTube pulls the
above links, then please view the interviews on the
Keith Olbermann Special
Comment On Health Care / Public Option
Go Get 'Em Keith! Sick 'Em Boy! Kicking Ass And Naming
Countdown Special Comment - Part 1
Countdown Special Comment - Part 2
Keith Olbermann Exposes The
Made Up Lie Of 'Death Panels'
Olbermann hits this one on the head.
Ten Things Obama Did Wrong on Health-Care
Reform CrooksandLiars.com, by
Susie Madrak Saturday Aug 08, 2009 4:00pm Helen's right,
damn it. And look at Gibbs' deflection: "We've had a pretty good
week." Sorry, Gibby, health-care reform is slowly slipping away.
Don't just stand there. Here are my thoughts on what the White House
did wrong, in no particular order: (Read
Hardball's Lawrence O'Donnell
Corrects An Ignorant Protester
This woman highlights the ignorant discourse whipped up by the
The Truth On Organized Mobs In The Health Care
And the far-right claims the town hall mobs
Rachel Maddow On
Orchestrated Town Hall Outrage
Rachel Maddow Exposes
The Vitriol In The Healthcare Debate
Proof That The Animosity Behind The Healthcare Debate Is
Sadly GOP Organized
Rachel Exposes The Fraud
Rachel Uncovers The Organizers
Corporate Thuggery Behind
Health Care Disinformation
Exposes The Lie On Death Panels For Old Folks
Rachel Maddow Offers A
Sane Viewpoint In
The Healthcare Debate
The Fight For Health Care In America Global
Research, by Shamus Cooke - June 13,
There’s a jumbled, increasingly hysterical tone
to the health care debate going on in Washington. On each side
of the uproar lie powerful and opposing interests: on one side
the giant corporations who make billions of dollars via the
status quo; and on the other, the majority of working people who
suffer immensely from it.
Creating a health care
“compromise” between these two interests is of course
impossible, but seeing the politicians in Congress attempt one
is at least good entertainment.
And although neither party
within the two-party system represents the interests of working
people, they nonetheless understand the immense importance of
health care for the vast majority of Americans, and the
political/social effects another major letdown will have. They
are thus begrudgingly forced to consider the desires of ordinary
This desire, however, becomes
mutated in Congress, especially after corporate lobbyists finish
tampering with it. Therefore, a nationalized single-payer system
such as Canada and England have — the type most desired by
working people here in the U.S. — is “off the table,” and all
kinds of rotten “compromises” have flooded the debate. ...
Big Money Is Trying Very Hard To Keep This
From The Public FAIR - Mar
Though more than 60 lawmakers have co-sponsored HR 676, the
single-payer bill in Congress, Obama has not expressed support
for single-payer; both the idea ...
This is the story of one of the great unspoken scandals of our times. Today,
the people across the world who most need life-saving medicine are being
prevented from producing it.
BlueRidgeNow.com - Feb
To The Editor: HR 676 is on the table, even if Sen. Baucus does
not want it to be. Not only is it on the table, but is the
“only” option to stop the gouging ...
Support HR 676 for health Modesto Bee - Feb
House Resolution 676 makes the playing field of affordable
medical care more level: Each will pay according to his ability.
Our police-fire-mail services ...
3,000 strong show up in support, except for the media.
The Movie That All Of America Needs To
See On Healthcare! This Is The Movie That Health Insurance Companies Don't
Want You To See.
Michael Moore's Award Winning, "SiCKO."
You owe it to yourself and your family to get the
real truth on health care.
Watch the full movie farther below down this page, or click herefor a larger
movie was free to view on Google
Video for well over a year, but now that the health (s)care debate is
raging, it has recently been pulled by the folks at Google. Gee, I wonder
SiCKO, The Movie
Michael Moore's brilliant health
documentary on what it is like to be sick in arguably the
richest nation on earth is a must see for all. You will be
surprised to see how other countries such as Canada, France and
Denmark do things to provide their people with healthcare, a
basic necessity for quality of life. We could easily afford
Health care reform is now a private option: WHICH FOR PROFIT
INSURANCE COMPANY DO YOU WANT? You have to choose. And you
have to pay. If you have a low income, under HR3200
government will subsidize the private insurance companies and
you will still have to pay premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
The Administration plan requires that everyone must have health
insurance, so it is delivering tens of millions of new
"customers" to the insurance companies. Health care? Not
really. Insurance care! Absolutely. Cost controls? No chance.
You will next hear talk about "co-ops." The truth is that
insurance company campaign contributions have co-opted the
public interest. ... (Read
Congressman Kucinich Rips
An Indignant Dr. David Gratzer
The term "dick" comes to mind as Gratzer tries to avoid
Health Insurers Rip Off Consumers For Billion$ Ex-Insider Testifies Before Senate On 'Fear
Washington Post, by
David S. Hilzenrath - Thursday, June 25, 2009
Health insurers have forced consumers to pay
billions of dollars in medical bills that the insurers
themselves should have paid, according to a report released
yesterday by the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee. ...