In Sickness and In Health
health care issues
As promised, I'm following up on yesterday's epic crossposted blog entry by reviving Pax Americana's regular 198 Sundays feature. Since I'm trying to get my seditious ideas more widely disseminated, I'm going to pull the same trick and publish this in several channels. Read more about 198 More Sundays: Nice Bank, Be A Shame If Something Happened To It
Paul Krugman is quickly becoming a shadow of his formerly credible self. For the love of Jeebus, Paul, stop talking about health reform before you become as much of a joke as paid propagandists Keith Obamaman or Rachel Maddow.
Here's the sentence that really stuck in my craw:
A last general point: we really don’t know what it will take to rein in health costs, but that’s a reason to try every plausible idea that experts have proposed. Limiting tax deductibility is definitely one of those ideas.
Senior House Democrats have largely abandoned hopes of including a government-run insurance option in the final compromise health care bill taking shape, according to several officials, and are pushing for other measures to rein in private insurers.
Ed Rendell promised to sign Pennsylvania single payer legislation if it passed; but apparently he never expected his bluff to be called:
Pennsylvania’s Single Payer Health Care Bill - 4113th Edition
Governor Rendell of Pennsylvania has a Health Bill before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives called Prescription for Pennsylvania.
This bill is losing support with only 8 sponsors as of this writing.
HB 1660 currently has 35 sponsors.
Why is HB 1660 superior to Prescription For Pennsylvania?
HB 1660 guarantees health care protection for all Pennsylvanians thus delivering quality, comprehensive health care.
Rendell’s plan does not.
More horrors from MadamaB's mailbox: NOW has weighed in on the Health Insurance Reform Bill. Here's the action they're pushing:
Please send a message to your senators and House member asking them to assure that restrictive abortion language in health care reform legislation be withdrawn, that a strong public plan is included, that age discrimination is removed, that better cost control measures are included and insurance is made truly more affordable for everyone.
Or what, NOW? You're going to cuddle them to death? You're going to stop saying "pretty please?"
I am so tired of these women's organizations not having the ovaries to say, Read more about NOW Namby-Pambies In
My strong hope was that the House bill would follow Medicare. It has a national exchange that is funded directly by the federal government. There is national regulation of the insurance industry, and a nationwide public option. The House bill also provides for greater subsidies and higher actuarial value plans. I can envision how the public option and national regulation would help keep costs down, and make this national exchange a decent place to buy insurance.
I admit it, I signed Firedoglake's "kill the bill" petition, and due to that momentary burst of enthusiasm, I am now on the FDL mailing list.
Today I received this gem in my Inbox:
You were one of almost 40,000 activists who signed our petition to kill the Senate's bill - thanks so much for your support.
While the Senate's terrible health care bill passed early on Christmas Eve, the fight is far from over. Each chamber of Congress has to vote for a final bill that has yet to be shaped. At that point, President Obama's signature will deliver the final word on health care reform.
I did not sign anyone's petition to urge senators to vote yes on health care. Why? No one allowed room for comment. They knew this health care mess is wrong, and will cost We, the People more. I did not agree with the descriptions or statements. Here are my comments:
The health care game is a walnut shell game designed to bail out the insurance companies with new-by-force enrollees, some 33 million. This bill requires nothing of the insurance companies that they cannot circumvent by charging more. It sacrifices the needs of women. It sacrifices the needs of the people. It is not the most economic approach. That would be single-payer.
By David Swanson
Does the United States Constitution allow Congress to force people to purchase a product (health insurance) from a private corporation, and fine them or tax them if they refuse? The answer is a matter of debate, but there is little dispute that such an act of Congress would be unprecedented.
Sheldon Laskin, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore Law School who has argued that the Constitution forbids such a move, describes the new and dangerous can of worms it would open up: Read more about Health Insurance Mandate vs. the U.S. Constitution
America has at least 36 million uninsured citizens. Unpaid medical bills are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy. Approximately, 45,000 Americans die every year because they don't have health insurance. Read more about How we killed health care, and how we can bring it back to life
If it gets any more Bipartisan this Healthcare Reform bill will be issuing hunting permits for your quota of women entering and leaving women's health clinics.
Because this is supposed to be a bipartisan effort to fix healthcare and all, and that is all the left really wants to do is to fix it so people have access to Doctors in this healthcare reform. First a word from our regularly scheduled people that respect women and their rights: Read more about Two Extreme Lowlights of the "Bipartisan" Senate "Healthcare Reform"
Okay, so imagine you're running a company. You call four of your employees into your office: Baucus Bill Bob, Stupak Stupidity Sam, Public Option Pete, and Single-Payer Sue.
"Peeps," you say, "I have this problem. The company makes a life-saving product called "Say Aaaaah!," but it's really expensive and it doesn't reach enough people. Also, depending on where the product is distributed and to whom, it isn't always of the highest quality. I want it to reach everyone in the United States, and I want it to be a whole lot cheaper; in fact, I want to save money on production if possible. And, I want to make sure that production standards are consistently high.
Get back to me in a year with your proposed solutions. If I don't like them, you're fired. If I like them, you're promoted!" Read more about A Health Care Fable
On Sunday, I attended the New York Health Care Forum, hosted by Physicians for a National Health Care Plan. The panelists were Dr. Oliver Fein, Dr. Leonard Rodberg, and Dr. Martha Livingston, co-editor of 10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care. Dr. Livingston (yes, I know) was kind enough to agree to be interviewed by yours truly, so do stay tuned for that. If her presentation is any indication, it will be a doozy! Read more about My Report from the New York Health Care Forum
Private Insurance Successfully Fights Obsolescence Through Bribery (As Congress Applies Medicare 55+ Lipstick to the HCR pig)
[I am actually posting this on libbyliberal's behalf, since she's now on vacation. --lambert]