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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Kayfabe continues, as Republicans fall in line with Democrats against single payer

I mean, come on. You don't think all those Republican votes to abolish ObamaCare meant anything, did you? Red meat for the base, purely. Even if the Democrats lose the Senate in 2014[1], Obama's got the White House 'til 2016, and the veto pen. If the Republicans were serious, they'd have held hearings about the ObamaCare website debacle, and asked -- as we asked -- "What did Obama know, and when did he know it?" And so what hearings are they holding now? That's right: Hearings that show problems in a single payer system. Isn't this all just a little transparent? So, here's McConnell, turning on a dime:

Republicans’ Suprising New Position On Obamacare

Granted -- wait, Think Progress can't afford a copy editor? -- I didn't call this. But I don't think it's all that surprising.

Since winning his primary, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — the man who has repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act “root and branch” — is embracing key tenets of reform, which has provided health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians.

Speaking to reporters last week, McConnell reiterated his support for repealing the ACA, but suggested that the state’s health exchange, established with $252 million in federal grants, should not be dismantled. Campaign manager Jesse Benton and other campaign advisers later doubled down on the claim and went even further, arguing that Kentucky should also maintain the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid.

The state has been a model for effective Affordable Care Act implementation, enrolling over 400,000 people in health insurance coverage since October.[1] ...

The comments aim to repackage the key tenets of President Obama’s health care law, its exchange of private plans and funding for Medicaid expansion, as unique Kentucky solutions, designed and built by state officials far away from Washington D.C. It’s a page right out of the Democrats’ playbook: embrace the most popular elements of the law without having to carry any of its political baggage.

Not it's not. It's a page right out of the same playbook both parties use. While every rentier in the health care industry laughs all the way to the bank.

NOTE [1] Note to Democrats: Stop sucking!

NOTE [2] Too bad that good coverage from ObamaCare is random by state, among other things. How much sense does it make that everybody doesn't have whatever good Kentucky has?

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Submitted by mellon on

The free trade agreements are there to raise prices, and lock in every single motion towards total privatization. Basically, they started giving away the store 20 years ago with GATS and NAFTA, - for example, see GATS's "Understanding on Commitments in Financial Services"

There are numerous others.. For kind of a look inside their goals, this is informative-

So now they have to pretend gridlock because in fact, they don't have practically anything left that they can do besides keep pretending to do things that end up making things WORSE, not better, all the while trying to pass away the control (and they hope, the blame) over the situation to global trade bodies so when we finally toss all the current crooks out, the new representatives, whoever they are, will run into the utterly unaccountable and utterly amoral WTO, or TPP or TISA or TTIP tribunal, and will hit a brick wall.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

I am not clear on how this would work; surely that which has been signed can be declined as well. Should the PTB decide that such organizations were not working to the benefit of the country as a whole and wish to pull out, they could do so even if they had to impeach any courts which ruled against such an action. That is, after all, the prerogative of a sovereign state.

Not saying it will ever happen, but such an outcry could be raised that pulling out should not be all that terribly difficult should they elect to do so.....right?

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Submitted by mellon on

They are boxed in by our trade policy. Look, I hate to say that people have been brainwashed but they have. They have created a huge alternative reality that ignores basic facts about healthcare, human nature and mathematics. Also, there is no nice way to say this, we're dealing with compulsive liars who are desperate to cover up a massive betrayal of the country. They gave away the keys to the store. Our trade policy has been focusing on closing off the various strategies that countries have in the past used to save money on drugs, so the well connected US pharma industry can CHARGE MORE MONEY FOR DRUGS. Thats more important than the people of the country who have proven themselves to be extremely easy to fool, as long as the MSM helps, and it does. They are talking about single payer, but, its barred by the free trade policy. - A recent story about the FTA-based dispute between Dutch insurer Achmea and Slovakia (which Slovakia actually lost, but tellingly, its being framed as a victory) shows the problem. They gave and are giving away our future for free, so that if we want it back, we're going to have to pay the biggest kings ransom in history to get it back. They lied to you, and they lied to me. Both parties are in cahoots. Its all a sham, because they have this big mess to hide. There's NO nice way to put this. It goes back >20 years but they are literally burning the midnight oil tring to grab as much as they can and lock it in before we wise up.

Look at the FTAs, Look at the trade policy! You have to dig because they are deliberately hiding it. You can't raise prices and make healthcare affordable at the same time, you see?

http://www.pnhp.org/sites/default/files/Nick%20Skala%20GAT%20and%20Healt...

http://www.oneillinstitutetradeblog.org/slovakia-prevails-investment-tre... (note: its last paragraph)

http://spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/54060/10/dutch_firm_achmea_loses_a... (again, the info is at the end, they gave up)

(2012) http://www.pnhp.org/news/2012/august/dutch-insurer-intends-to-block-sing...

One thing you have to know is that single payer has to be really single payer, meaning one way of paying for health care, not 5000. So single payer means telling insurers and benefits management firms that they have to shut down by a certain date. And doing it. Otherwise, there is no savings at all. Its imprtant because they are devoting a lot of energy to muddying that all important fact.