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In Praise of Senator Max Baucus
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 10:35
by Mike Ferner

We may not yet comprehend how big a favor Senator Baucus just did for his 330 million fellow citizens. But from today on, it is my personal crusade to insure that he gets at least a footnote in the history books.
To be sure, I think Sen. Baucus’ legislation is a load of crap, but the good Senator and his colleagues, doing the insurance industry’s bidding, saved us from the chance that Obama’s “public option” version – itself not quite half a load of crap – might possibly become law. The decks are now cleared for a real battle over real health care: the AmericaPlan.

What is the AmericaPlan? Rest easy, dear friends, it’s not another 40 pounds of draft legislation. It’s already been introduced and it’s got a respectable number of co-sponsors.

The problem is, it goes by a variety of names – none of which are memorable in the least.

Here’s what I mean. The Colgate-Palmolive Corp. marketing staff sits down with their high-paid consultants and brainstorms something like this.

“I’ve got it! Let’s call it the ‘Expanded and Improved Teeth Cleansing Paste.’”

“No, that’s horrible. I say go with the ‘National Save-Your-Teeth-From-Rotting Gel.”

“You’re both crazy. The American people want something short and crisp, like ‘TC 67.’”

Stupid? Well, not a whole lot stupider than the names somebody dreamed up for the only health care legislation that actually does what’s needed: the “Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act,” the “United States National Health Insurance Act,” “HR 676,” or the remarkably incomprehensible, “Single-Payer.”


I’m not kidding you. Except for the last one, those are the various official names the legislation goes by. “Single-Payer” was somebody’s idea of a real snappy volksmoniker I guess.

It finally dawned on me how inept “Single-Payer” was, when I was marching in a local demonstration demanding health care for all recently. “Nobody out! Everybody in!” You know, the AmericaPlan.

“What do we want?” The guy behind the bullhorn asked.

“Single-Payer.”

“When do we want it?”

“NOW!”

“What do we want?”

“Single-P…” WtF?!!?

OK. Back to the AmericaPlan.

President Obama was Candidate Obama the last time he mentioned the AmericaPlan and Sen. Baucus had 13 doctors and nurses arrested in his hearing room for trying to get it discussed even briefly, so you may not have heard much about the AmericaPlan.

Suffice it to say there is indeed a single payer – the federal government – which replaces the health insurance companies and their morbidly obese salaries, bloated bonuses, private jets to private Caribbean islands and a totally unacceptable 30+% overhead.

That is the key.

Medicare – that socialistic program teabaggers can’t wait to take advantage of when they hit 65 – has an overhead one-tenth of the private insurance companies! That savings nearly pays for an entire program which brings everybody in; leaves nobody out. But to get there, our political leaders have to take on the very same insurance companies that make those big, fat, irresistible campaign contributions.

That’s where you and I come in.

Thanks once again to Sen. Baucus’ brilliant bill which, without the public option fig leaf, is more likely to die a well-deserved death, we have one more chance to pass the AmericaPlan, HR 676. To do it, we only have to do two things:

1) Start thinking of health care as a right, not a privilege.

2) Get mad. I mean really mad. As in banging-pots-and-pans-on-Capitol-Hill-for-as-many-days-as-it-takes mad. To keep our spirits up we can run Michael Moore’s “Sicko” for the first few days. When we get sick of that, it will be easy enough to organize an unending line of people to tell us their tragic stories of ruined families, foreclosed homes, pain and suffering as a way of life.

Or, we can do what we do really well most of the time:

1) Let our brains turn to mush while the Baucuses, the Obamas and the corporate news outlets make the AmericaPlan, HR 676, seem just too complicated for our little heads to deal with.

2) Throw up our hands and let the insurance companies continue to bury us in paperwork, ration our care, tell us which doctor we can see, decide who lives and who dies – which sounds pretty poor in the home of the brave and land of the free, if you ask me.

That’s pretty much the choice. As the wise sage once said: “It ain’t brain surgery, folks!” The information is all there. You won’t hear word one about it on the corporate news, but it’s completely accessible for anybody who wants to take control of a very important part of their life.

Bring on the pots and pans!



 

Mike Ferner is a writer from Ohio. You can reach him through www.mikeferner.org
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The Public Option
ATTENTION!! Congress Has The Votes Needed To Pass A Public Option - TODAY http://bit.ly/TCq7O

Why A Strong Public Option Is Essential - By jacksmith - Working Class

Robert Reich explains the pubic option: http://bit.ly/dDYSJ http://robertreich.blogspot.com/

Hollywood Supports The Public Option :-) http://bit.ly/3XLwPi

It's not just because more than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 77% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (86% of democrats, 75% of independents, and 72% republicans). Basically everyone.

It's not just because according to a new AARP POLL: 86 percent of seniors want universal healthcare security for All, including 93% of Democrats, 87% of Independents, and 78% of Republicans. With 79% of seniors supporting creating a new strong Government-run public option plan, available immediately. Including 89% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans, STUNNING!!

It's not just because it will lower cost. Because a strong public option will dramatically lower cost for everyone. And dramatically improved the quality of care everyone receives in America and around the World. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

It's not just because it will save trillions of dollars and prevent the needless deaths of millions more of YOU, caused by a rush to profit by the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX!

It's not just because every expert in every field, including economist, and Nobel laureates all agree that free market based healthcare systems don't work. Never have and never will. The US has the only truly free market based healthcare system in the World. And as you all know now, IT IS A DISASTER!

It's not just because providing or denying medically necessary care for profit motivations is wrong. Because it is WRONG! It's professionally, ethically, and morally REPUGNANT!, Animalistic, VILE and EVIL.

THE REASON THE PUBLIC OPTION IS ESSENTIAL:

The public option is ESSENTIAL because over 200 million of you are trapped in the forest of the wolves. Which is the forest of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! With no way out except through needless inhumane suffering, and DEATH. While the wolves tear at your flesh, and rip you limb from lib. Then feast on your lifeless bodies like a dead carcase for transplant parts.

At the most vulnerable times of your lives (when you were sick and hurting), millions of you have had to fight and loose cruel, but heroic battles. Fighting against the big guns of the DISGRACEFUL, GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX! in the forest of the wolves. All because you have no place else to go. You have no other CHOICE!

But the PUBLIC OPTION will give you someplace safe to go. And it will give us someplace safe to take you. The public option will be your refugium (your refuge). Where the wolves cannot get at you when your down, hurting, and vulnerable. Where everyone who needs it can find rest, security, comfort and the care they need. Protected by the BIG GUNS of We The People Of The United States. THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE AND COUNTRY ON EARTH.

This is why it is so critical that we do not lead another 50 million vulnerable, uninsured Americans into the forest of the wolves, without the protections of a Strong Government-run public option. We The People Of The United States MUST NOT LET THAT HAPPEN to any more of our fellow Americans. If healthcare reform does not contain a strong public option on day one. YOU MUST! KILL IT. Or you will do far more harm than good. And millions more will die needlessly. Rich, middle class, and poor a like.

To those who would continue to obstruct good and true healthcare reform for the American people, and who seek to trap millions more vulnerable Americans in the forest of the wolves. We will continue to fight you. We are prepared to wage all out war against you, and will eagerly DESTROY! you. Time...is...UP! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! No Co-op's! No Triggers! NO INDIVIDUAL MANDATES! without a Strong public option on day one.

Healthcare reform can be the GREATEST! Accomplishment of our time and century. A time when future generations may say of us, that we were all, AMERICAS GREATEST GENERATIONS.

BUT WE MUST ACT!

I therefore call on all my fellow Americans and the peoples of the World. To join us in this fight so that we may finish becoming the better America that we aspire to be for everyone.

SPREAD THE WORD!

I have been privileged to be witness as many of you fought, and struggled to take your first breath, and your last breath on this earth. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Life is precious.

Whatever the cost. WE! MUST SUCCEED.

God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings

jacksmith - Working Class

Things You Can Do To Help NOW! http://www.everydaycitizen.com...die_n.html

No Triggers! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...77910.html

Triggers http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...83583.html

Krugman on heathcare (http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.c...ealthcare/)

Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...r_embedded)

John Garamendi on the Public Option and the Grassroots: http://bit.ly/TJMty

Howard Dean on the Public Option http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...r_embedded

We're Number 37! in quality of health care http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...r_embedded

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