Man, I MUST give Russell Mokhiber at SinglePayerAction another major nod of approval. He is not letting up and I must say is becoming one of my heroes on this subject. Please visit and sign up. There should be 300,000,000 people rushing there to get on board and support them. There is 1 MILLION, already. What are YOU waiting on? The Insurance Companies to get wealthy?
Here’s your average Democratic liberal on single payer:
I’m personally for single payer.
But we don’t have the votes for it.
John Kerry said the same thing today.
Wouldn’t it be a crying shame if he didn’t have the votes to win his next election?
This reminds me of the reTHUGlicans who tell their constituency that Obama is a Socialist or Muslim or born “over there”, yet when actually held accountable, they change their tune.
Yes, it is high time we vote these corrupt bastards out of office.
Oh, and did I ever tell you to Follow The Money to know what the REAL reason is why we aren’t getting Single Payer, Not-For-Profit HealthCare?
The health sector was the No. 1 overall sector, spending $133 million during the second quarter of 2009. And within the 100-plus industries that CRP tracks, the pharmaceutical/health products industry was again the top dog on K Street, spending roughly $68 million during the quarter.
Several of the businesses and organizations within the health sector fronted multi-million dollar lobbying operations. The biggest spenders in this arena are:
Pharmaceutical Rsrch & Mfrs of America $6,150,000
Pfizer Inc $5,580,000
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $5,171,929
American Hospital Assn $4,160,000
American Medical Assn $4,115,000
Eli Lilly & Co $3,590,000
Amgen Inc $3,400,000
Merck KGaA $2,110,000
Now for something a little different: a view into another blogger’s view of the subject. Seems like Chip sees that the Criminals who get their money from those listed above are “dumping us”. Can you imagine? How dare these people do what they always do: fuck Americans?
Any thinking person knew this was coming, or worse.
Chip links to Ralph Nader’s thoughts on the subject and explains that there is a massive Single-Payer rally tomorrow in DC (Want to wager on how much press this gets?):
Their campaign-money-greased minions on Capitol Hill and the corporatist Think Tanks and columnists are seizing on President Obama’s aversion to conflict and repeated willingness to water down what he will fight for.
The loud and cruel baying pack comes in the form of William Kristol (“This is not time to pull punches. Go for the kill.”), Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) (“If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”), and Charles Krauthammer yammering wildly about medical malpractice and tort law. Krauthammer does not substantiate his claims or mention the many victims of malpractice as he gleefully predicts “Obamacare sinking.”
All these critics have gold-plated health insurance, of course…
Single payer health insurance is supported by a majority of the American people, majority of physicians and nurses, and nearly ninety members of the House of Representatives. (See H.R. 676 and singlepayeraction.org.)
A clear replacement of the private health insurance companies with federal insurance, as Medicare for the elderly did in 1965, allows for clear language. Twenty thousand people die in America each year because they cannot afford health insurance, according to the Institute of Medicine. Hundreds of thousands more suffer because they have no insurance to treat their diseases or injuries.
Single payer means everyone is covered from birth, as is the case now in every western nation. Imagine no lives lost or suffering due to no health insurance.
Fuzzy proposals, regularly altered and over-complicated due to the hordes of avaricious corporate lobbyists, make politicians like Obama very susceptible to lurid descriptions and lies by his vocal, well-insured opponents. Finally, the Obama people are using “health insurance reform”, rather than the misnomer “health care reform” which opened them up to charges that government would take over health care. All proposals, including single payer, are based on private delivery of health care…
In 1950, when President Truman sent a universal health insurance bill to Congress, the American Medical Association (AMA) launched what was then a massive counterattack. The AMA claimed that government health insurance would lead to rationing of health care, higher prices, diminished choices and more bureaucracy. The AMA beat both Truman and the unions that were backing the legislation, using the phrase “socialized medicine” to scare the people.
Fifty-nine years later, “corporatized medicine” has produced all these consequences, along with stripping away the medical profession’s independence. Today, the irony is that the corporate supremacists are accusing reformers in Washington of what they themselves have produced throughout the country. Rationing, higher prices, less choice, and mounds of paperwork and corporate red tape. Plus, fifty million people without any health insurance at all.
On Thursday, July 30, 2009, there will be a mass rally for a single payer system in Washington, DC. It is time to put what most Americans want on the table. (See www.Healthcare-Now.org for more information.)
BTW: Chip lists the folks who are screwing us and gives links and numbers so you can contact them.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, from left, stands with House Democratic “leaders” Steny Hoyer, Pete Stark, Henry Waxman, Charles Rangel, and John Dingell to announce health-care legislation on Tuesday. These guys are dumping us. Email or call them NOW!!
Email President Obama
Now, what are you waiting on?