Nothing. PNHP's Oliver Fein:
Insurance companies play no constructive role in providing health care.
They do not give you a physical exam; they do not perform your surgery. What they do instead is fight claims, issue denials and screen out the sick, diverting huge sums away from much-needed care.
The savings rendered by cutting out private insurance companies and establishing a single-payer plan would be sufficient to cover everyone who lacks insurance now and to upgrade insurance for everyone else.
Our nation spends twice as much per person on health care as other industrialized countries do, but our health outcomes are significantly worse.Read below the fold...
Apparently, it's OK for a Confluence poster to write, in 2009:
As hard as it is for me to accept, I now have to face the face that the forces of theocracy not only control of the Republican Party, but also they are well on the way to taking over the Democratic party.Read below the fold...
Hail Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed! Cut off one limb and two more shall take its place!
Look, I'm totally sure that paying to bail out the insurance companies by cutting Medicare won't have any real effects on old people who are going to die soon anyhow. Especially given this great news:
Senators from both parties on Tuesday put new pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to turn the power to trim entitlement benefits over to an independent commission.Read below the fold...
Prediction: If the senate passes the health bill, the public option will devolve into a dumping ground for sick people that the private insurance companies don't want-- which is one of the reasons the bill doesn't kick in right away-- to give them time to thoroughly comb through their lists to cull millions of us from eligibility before they supposedly won't be able to any more.
Haw. Why am I never cynical enough? Read below the fold...
The only reason the Howler repeats himself is that our famously free press does. As for example:
This morning, the gods rocked with laughter: On Olympus, that is. Reason? On the front page of the New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg penned a report about the way current health reform bills would deal with American health care spending. On Olympus, her opening paragraph produced some muffled laughter:Read below the fold...
Marc Ambinder on Obama's Fort Hood speech. "I guarantee: They'll be teaching this one in rhetoric classes."
Truer words. What is it with these blogger boiz?
And how's that decision on Af-Pak coming?