Why I’m for killing the health care bill, and why it will not be killed.

19 Dec 2009 01:34 pm
Posted by: Donna

It’s not just because it’s a watered down giveaway to the insurance companies, one that mandates a large number of people to purchase a product from a private corporation with nebulous guarantees that they will get the service they are paying for but absolute guarantees that the power of the government to be brought down on them if they don’t.

No, it’s because of this: The California legislature has passed single-payer health care for their state. Twice. Governor Schwartzenegger has vetoed it both times. As soon as they elect a Democratic governor, the largest state in the union will have single payer. Other states will follow suit. Single payer advocates in Maryland are pushing a plan of their own and have considerable legislative and popular support for it. The health care “reform” before Congress right now specifically disallows the creation of single payer plans by states. Think that’s not a big part of the sense of urgency to get something passed by the end of the year?

I’m not fooled for a second by the “please don’t throw us in the briar patch!” theatrics of the insurance lobby or the GOP in Congress. Believe me, they want this turkey passed every bit as much as the DLCers do. The kibosh on single payer is every bit as important, if not more important, than the mandate. For those who naively think passing some form of reform will “bring us one step closer to single payer”, I’ve got some swamp land in Mesa to sell you.

So no worries, cheerleaders, you’ll get your bill and the perfect will not be the enemy of the good. It will probably help a lot of people get health care that they need. That is an unvarnished good. But know that this is a further entrenchment of private insurers and pretty much a guarantee that we will not have single payer in this country for a long, long time. If ever.

And to my Republican and conservative readers: Now that you know this, doesn’t it put you in the untenable position of having to support the bill?

6 Comments

  1. Comment by Italiana on December 19, 2009 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the additional info, Donna.

  2. Comment by Rate Crimes on December 19, 2009 11:20 pm

    Spot on!

  3. Comment by Alan Scott on December 20, 2009 5:32 am

    Donna,

    Here is a news flash, your Bolshevik State, Caleefornia is broke. They are cutting back on their Government provided freebies. They won’t be able to afford a single payer system unless Nancy Pelosi brings home the bacon and gets the rest of the country to pay for it.

    If this was doable, Rino Schwartzenegger would have proudly signed the Bill.

  4. Comment by Donna on December 20, 2009 9:01 pm

    Newsflash, Alan, free market fairy dust and tort reform will not make health care affordable and accessible to the majority of Americans. The proponents of single payer in CA and other states have figured out how to pay for it and it will not require any more federal bacon, and will probably require less, since the profit margins of insurance cos. will no longer be a factor.

    BTW, for every $1 California gives the federal government, it gets 80 cents back.

  5. Comment by Alan Scott on December 22, 2009 2:49 pm

    Donna,

    “And to my Republican and conservative readers: Now that you know this, doesn’t it put you in the untenable position of having to support the bill?”

    No. Now that the camel’s nose is under the tent, you folks will eventually put the whole middle class on medical welfare. No socialist program has ever gone backwards in US history. You people have won a major victory, though you don’t seem to realize it. We do.

    ” The proponents of single payer in CA and other states have figured out how to pay for it and it will not require any more federal bacon, and will probably require less, since the profit margins of insurance cos. will no longer be a factor.”

    You totally amaze me. You actually believe that the increased costs of providing universal health care can be made up by wiping out the profit margins of evil insurance companies? OK, I’ll bite. Prove it.

    I have also stated that California is broke and can’t pay it’s obligations. It has two choices. Two choices only. Cut back on entitlements, or get bailed out by the Feds.

    With President Obama handing out pork to bribe Senators to vote his way, with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, don’t try to tell me that California won’t be bailed out by the American Taxpayer.

    Do not tell me that you liberals won’t be happy with all of the presents that ObamaClaus will buy you this festive season, with MY tax dollars.

  6. Comment by Alan Scott on December 24, 2009 2:59 pm

    Donna,

    Congratulations on the birth of this Rose Mary’s baby that Harry Reid pushed through the Senate with every earmark known to man. Be proud of what the people you put in to office have accomplished.

    We fought every step of the way to stop it, but we failed miserably. It is really just all about winning, isn’t it?

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