jamzo Baseline Scenario:
while ferguson speaks of “... entitlements (including Medicare)... ”
he omits the noteworthy entitlements
the profit entitlements enjoyed by those who make their money from the illness of others
the entitlement of pharmaceutical pricing in the united states
the entitlement of employer sponsored healthcare
the insurance company entitlement in the small business and individual person insurance market
the patent protection entitlement accorded to pharmaceutical companies
the lack of regulation entitlement provided to health insurance commpany medical-loss ratios
... of the Medicare Actuary's report on the Senate Bill -- we'll be spending a tiny bit more and bending the cost curve -- is that by taking single payer off the table, we're leaving $350 billion in savings a year on the table. That doesn't show that single payer wasn't "politically feasible"; it shows that the legacy parties are completely broken and deserve to die.
If this is accurate, it's potentially huge. As Glen Ford has pointed out, a Fed audit has the capability of being a game changer. Not in terms of left v. right or Dems v. Republicans, but in terms of people v. oligarchy, increasingly the only fight that matters. Read more about House Reportedly Passes Bill to Audit Fed
Following the spirited rally, the activists entered the Senate building to visit 26 Senators and present them each with a letter that requested their support for Senate amendment 2837. The amendment, co-sponsored by Senators Brown and Burris, would substitute single payer financing for the current senate health legislation and would create a federal health system, administered at the state level, which would be universal, comprehensive and financially sustainable.
Yes, the legacy parties -- led in this case by Kent Gregg (D) and Judd Conrad (R) -- really are out to loot Social Security and Medicare*, by setting up a board to do the cuts so Congress doesn't have to vote on them.