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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Medicare doesn't need a "CEO" because it's a simple, rugged, and effective single payer system, not an insanely complex Rube Goldberg device

Get a load of this from Reuters:

Exclusive: Obama allies revive push for Obamacare CEO

Aside from the obvious "jobs for the boiz" aspect:

A group of healthcare experts close to the White House is urging the Obama administration to appoint a new chief executive officer to oversee Obamacare's online health insurance exchanges and safeguard the next open enrollment period that begins in six months.

The recommendation, in a report due to be released by the Washington-based Center for American Progress think tank, calls for a major shakeup within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which presided over last year's disastrous rollout of the federal market portal, HealthCare.gov.

The idea would be to take the exchanges out of the current bureaucracy and put them in the hands of a CEO with private-sector experience who could run them as true e-commerce sites. The CEO would answer only to President Barack Obama and his intended new health secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell.[1]

So, the so-called "progressive" Center for American Progress is fully on board with the neo-gliberal idea that "government should be run like a business,"[2] eh? Market state, here we come!

My hair has been on fire about this for some time. It couldn't be more clear that ObamaCare is the thin end of the wedge: That all government services will be delivered like ObamaCare because markets, and that goes for Social Security, too[3]. We have, again, a clear example of how Obama is the more effective evil, and that "progressives" are, if anything, more dangerous than conservatives. (Nobody ever asks "progress toward what?" and they never do quite explain. For good reason, I would think.

NOTES

[1] Orchestrate much?

[2] That is, with massive rental extraction, executive looting and, in this case, jobs for the Democratic nomenklatura.

[3] The "grand bargain" narrative is getting old, although a bunch of insiders are still raking in the big bucks pushing it. At some point, I'm guessing that the squillionaires, maybe even Petersen, are going to wise up and fund initiatives to push what CAP describes; no doubt Silicon Valley ones. If anybody who follows this stuff -- say, on CSPAN :-) -- could keep an eye out for that idea emerging, that would be great.

NOTE For those who came in late, here's a Rube Goldberg device:

UPDATE Yes, I'm aware that Medicare has a neo-gliberal infestation, and that they have deployed the favorite play in their playbook: (1) Degrade the quality of govenment services, (2) Privatize them, and (3) Profit. No underpants gnomes, they! So this is not a post to explain why Medicare has problems too; we know that.

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Submitted by mellon on

The US seems to me to probably the world's #1 promoter of numerous bilateral and multilateral (meaning they all simultaneously apply to us too) "free trade agreements" which attempt in various ways to enforce a value system that sees public healthcare and strategies that would try to save money on drugs by government buying in quantity, generics, etc. as bad. Thats why it seems literally impossible to me for the US to allow single payer here without major changes. I think that irregerdless of what any legislator or naive liberals have to say, the neoliberal agenda in the US government will block it, probably by some kind of covert aggressive means. My nomination for the most likely is what I would call fake single payer. Thats something which they call single payer but is not single payer, because it can't save money. Since making money is the goal, anything that saves money will be stopped in some way that they will try to obscure with the usual spin campaign.

Look at how all the money saving "bait" elements of Obamacare like deductible caps are being quietly eliminated!

Submitted by lambert on

Where do I send the money????????

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mahatma Gandhi