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June 19, 2009

FINANCE COMMITTEE PUNTS ON PUBLIC OPTION.... The Senate Finance Committee is moving forward with its health care reform plan. It's not exactly encouraging.

A draft proposal in the Senate to overhaul the nation's health-care system would require most people to buy health insurance, authorize an expansion of Medicaid coverage and create consumer-owned cooperative plans instead of the government coverage that President Obama is seeking.

The document, distributed among members of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday afternoon, addressed none of the funding questions that have consumed House and Senate negotiators in recent days. But it included an array of coverage provisions that were drastically scaled back from earlier versions, as lawmakers seek to shrink the bill's overall cost. The proposal, for instance, would reduce the pool of middle-class beneficiaries eligible for a new tax credit meant to make insurance more affordable.

The absence of a "public option" marks perhaps the most significant omission. Obama and many Democrats had sought a public option to ensure affordable, universal coverage, but as many as 10 Senate Democrats have protested the idea as unfair to private insurers. In its place, the draft circulated yesterday outlines a co-op approach modeled after rural electricity and telecom providers, subject to government oversight and funded with federal seed money.

It's the result of negotiations between Baucus, two other Democratic senators on the committee, and four Finance Committee Republicans.

Ezra Klein was the first to get a hold of the Finance Committee draft proposal, and he called the version "quite diminished" from the original Baucus approach, thanks to Baucus scaling it back after the CBO put a $1.6 trillion price tag on it.

Ezra described the approach as "comprehensive incrementalism," because it makes everything in the system "a bit better." He added, "This version of health reform is far from what the country needs. It is far from what any health-care experts would develop left to their own devices. But it is still a monumental initiative and, if passed, it would be the most significant step forward since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid."

Of course, given all of the discussion lately about the cost of care, the inclusion of a public option is the one measure that would lower costs most effectively and efficiently. It's also the one measure Republicans, insurance companies, and some center-right Democrats can't stomach.

It's worth emphasizing that the Finance Committee draft proposal is only a draft proposal; there's still the HELP Committee measure to consider; and then there's the House, where there are more than a few Dems who've said they won't support a bill that lacks a public option.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters yesterday, "The give and take, the back and forth of different ideas -- you may call them snags, we call them the legislative process."

That line about watching laws and sausages being made keeps coming to mind.

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the people of Iran have shown the way, the only thing the people of the US can do to get the message over to these lawmakers who are being paid off by the Health Industry, is to take to the streets. If we do not get decent healthcare this time we never will and the people will continue to go bankrupt or even die because of the lack of care and the greed of the health insurance companies.

Posted by: JS on June 19, 2009 at 8:07 AM | PERMALINK

This makes absolutely no sense. I only want to hear one word from Obama on this: VETO!!

Posted by: Danp on June 19, 2009 at 8:09 AM | PERMALINK

Welcome to American plutocracy...

Posted by: Vokoban on June 19, 2009 at 8:14 AM | PERMALINK

Or VITO the knee capper.

Posted by: Fuggeddaboutit on June 19, 2009 at 8:14 AM | PERMALINK

I think public demonstrations are needed at this point. I'm going to look around and see if anyone has planned any in my location (LA).

We need to start getting some numbers out onto the streets. If the Iranians can do it, we ought to be able to.

This is pretty damned important.

Posted by: bdop4 on June 19, 2009 at 8:17 AM | PERMALINK

One way to fight back would be to list a Congressman's campaign contributions near the top of a story. For example:

The bill is a result of negotiations between Baucus, who received over $449,000 during the last two election cycles, two other Democratic senators on the committee, and four Finance Committee Republicans.

The American people will see these "contributions" for what they are, even if the corporate-controlled media don't think they're worth mentioning.


http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2009/05/15/100525.htm

Posted by: SteveT on June 19, 2009 at 8:23 AM | PERMALINK

JS and and bdop4 - We're essentially on the same page about public demonstrations except that I immediately envisioned a huge march on Capitol Hill.
But I suppose that would be out of financial reach for millions around the country who like to go.

Posted by: Norwood Woman on June 19, 2009 at 8:27 AM | PERMALINK

"...as many as 10 Senate Democrats have protested the idea as unfair to private insurers."

Unfair to private insurers?! Unfair to private insurers?! 10 Senate Democrats?! Is that a joke?

Any bill without a strong public option represents cowardice in the extreme.

What the hell is wrong with these people?

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian on June 19, 2009 at 8:27 AM | PERMALINK

One large event planned well in advance would be a more powerful symbol, and I would fly out to DC for that.

But I think the need right now is immediate. We need to form some type of quick response network to make regular public displays which can show a constant public anger over their prostitution to the healthcare insurance industry.

Doing both would be a good strategy IMO.

Posted by: bdop4 on June 19, 2009 at 8:33 AM | PERMALINK

What the hell is wrong with these people?

They're hoors. This is what they do.

I'll tell you one thing: they need to be flooded with constituent letters and emails telling them that mandates to purchase private insurance without offering a public option will result in a lot of us dropping insurance altogether. Fuck that noise - the government REQUIRING us to support a bloated private enterprise that makes no attempt to serve us well.

I'll say it again: WE could easily solve this issue once and for all if we all agreed to drop our policies at the same time. The bloated ticks in the insurance industry would quickly shrivel and die, leaving no obstacle to single-payer. It's bad enough that currently they have every person who has anything they wish to protect in the country by the short hairs but to be REQUIRED to do business with them? UNACCEPTABLE.

Posted by: Jennifer on June 19, 2009 at 8:36 AM | PERMALINK

On truthdig -one estimate that Max Baucus gets around $1500.00 per day from the Insurance industry!
Now we all know why this is going to be tough fight.

Posted by: JS on June 19, 2009 at 8:42 AM | PERMALINK

The healthcare issue was the main reason I didn't jump on the Obama bandwagon at the beginning. I really wanted someone who would push universalcare. What was the point of giving Dems a mandate when they screw us this way on almost every issue.

I'm an ex-pat who can't move back home b/c I will never get healthcare in the US. I was diagnosed last year as high probability for MS. (I have to have a second incident for it to be confirmed as MS.) I spent 3 weeks in the hospital, had an MRI and a battery of tests that cost me about $3000 out of pocket at the end of my stay.

After the diagnosis I applied for a govt. program specifically for MS patients and was accepted. My medical costs for hospitalization and doctor visits are now substantially capped and my medicine (which is $500/month with insurance) is free. I went home to visit in March and read in the paper about a man who lost his job and his health insurance and didn't know how he would pay for the $7000/month he needed for MS medication.

The irony is that my Swedish friend complained about how high Japanese medical costs are. I laughed and told her she should try America.

Posted by: tokyo ex-pat on June 19, 2009 at 8:42 AM | PERMALINK

Nixing the public option takes the 'reform' out of 'health care reform.' That would not be change we can believe in.

But as Pelosi says, this is part of the process. The Senate committee is intentionally lowballing this, and the House will eviscerate it and will demand a public option. At least I hope so. And I am eager to see when and how Obama will use his considerable persuasive abilities via the bully pulpit, starting next week on ABC.

Posted by: terraformer on June 19, 2009 at 8:48 AM | PERMALINK

This pile of crap will cost a ton of money upfront (delivered by the truckload to the insurance companies) while quite possibly INCREASING costs down the road rather than controlling them. It must be defeated. The House Progressives had better keep their promise to vote it down.

We have one of the most corrupt governments in the world. It's just that the corruption has been legalized.

Posted by: Steve LaBonne on June 19, 2009 at 8:50 AM | PERMALINK

"not exactly encouraging"???? They are completely tone deaf losers (DEMS) who back away at the first sign of a real FIGHT...I'm over them all...no more money, no more work, no more voting - I say just sit at home and take care of yourself and someone near you if you can...BUSH began the demise of the American Dream and DEMS are finishing it...for them it's all about the protection of their own positions and futures...let the REPUGS have it...I'm old and don't give a damn anymore...

Posted by: Dancer on June 19, 2009 at 8:53 AM | PERMALINK

Perhaps I have missed something along the way, but I keep wondering whether anyone has estimated the cost
of doing nothing. How about - emergency room visits,people having to declare bankrupcy, people going to the doctor when they have advanced illnesses that could have been cured with early detection etc. I read about several people using the emergency room in Texas hundreds of times at some huge cost, seems like it was nearly 40,000.00 for a handful of people. What does that add up to in 10 years?

Posted by: JS on June 19, 2009 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

how many of those sons of bitches are paying for their own healthcare coverage, instead of sucking off the taxpayer-financed healthcare congress has entitled themselves to.

Posted by: linda on June 19, 2009 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

What does that add up to in 10 years?

10 years from now, it adds up to a single-payer system and the abolition of for-profit health care and insurance- because the cost of the mess we have now will be truly unsustainable by then. Better to wait than to screw things up even more with the Finance Committee's sick parody of "reform" which will only make matters worse while poisoning the well for future real reform.

Posted by: Steve LaBonne on June 19, 2009 at 9:04 AM | PERMALINK

Health reform without a public option is NO reform at all! Private insurers are out to make profits and make bigger profits when they deny you care.

Posted by: KC on June 19, 2009 at 9:07 AM | PERMALINK

Generally speaking these bloodsuckers are at the teat of the public, get excellent health care and don't give a rats ass about people who don't have health care. it's nauseating to hear these ingrates pontificate while recieving the best health care afforded humans . My son will be launched from my policy at the end of August. COBRA will be $450 a month. I wonder what Lindsey Gram is planning for his kids? Just a small inquary. Is the Insurance doled to our Congressional dignitaries include coverage for their kids once they graduate from college?

Paying for my son's coverage becomes like a Tax. Has an analysis been done to see how much more in taxes would be paid by eveyone if a Gov. backed plan was instituted? My guess is that Americans would be willing to be taxed an extra $1000 each a year to have the same health coverage as Lindsey Gram and John McCain...

Shame on the leaders of this country who scurry under rocks to keep their Health Care Provider bucks while denying their own constituents a fair shake at affordable Health care. It infuriates me to no end.

Posted by: stevio on June 19, 2009 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

Webster's is quick - New meaning of gutless, spineless, useless is, in one word, Baucus.

Posted by: berttheclock on June 19, 2009 at 9:16 AM | PERMALINK

One often forgotten fact about COBRA - Do not let payments lapse during that 18 month period. Should you miss one payment, prior to having another plan begin, there will be no pickup by the new insurer. So, if you had preexisting conditions which were being addressed by the former plan, the new insurer will, undoubtedly, not pay for them. COBRA is a, much ballyhooed by the right, system which needs massive overhaul.

Posted by: berttheclock on June 19, 2009 at 9:28 AM | PERMALINK

There was a time when it was true to say that "we have the best politicians that money can buy." Now we can only say that "we have politicians that money can buy."

There are the Max Baucus types who are bought by corporate Amerika with campaign contributions.

There are also the Evan Bayh types who are bought by corporate Amerika with money flowing from corporate interests directly into the family checkbook. Susan Bayh (Evan's wife) is on the board of directors of Wellpoint (Anthem/Blue Cross/Blue Shield) and 5 pharmaceutical and biotech corporations. She received $337,000 from Wellpoint alone in 2007. Naturally, Evan says that this is not a factor on why he is opposed to a public option.

Evan Bayh is not alone among congress-critters who have wives being paid to be on boards of directors of corporate Amerika.

While both types are disgusting, which version is actually more insidious?

Posted by: AngryOldVet on June 19, 2009 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

The so-called center-right democrats have always been, still are, and will always be, cowards.

Posted by: rbe1 on June 19, 2009 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

"The give and take, the back and forth of different ideas -- you may call them snags, we call them the legislative process."

I call it a waste of time, leading to potentially disastrous consequences. First, do no harm.

Posted by: qwerty on June 19, 2009 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

Ezra described the approach as "comprehensive incrementalism," because it makes everything in the system "a bit better."

The health care industry knows that the current path it is on is unsustainable in the long run. But they will fight valiantly for every inch of the way during their retreat. And they are obviously succeeding.

Baucus and his fellows on the Senate Finance Committee have just signaled that they are ready for a parley with the industry's emissary Tom Daschle, and if there is no counter push from interest groups and the public, they will settle for some small changes that will give the industry another decade of profits in return for more or less cosmetic concessions.

Posted by: SRW1 on June 19, 2009 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

I'm beginning to think that honest opposition from a decent republican is preferable to the constant stabs in the back from the likes of Baucus.

Posted by: rbe1 on June 19, 2009 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

As other posters have alluded to, what really needs to be answered is from what area of Max Baucus' or Peter Orzag's ass is this $1.6 trillion figure coming from?

Is this the cost over and above what we are already paying in healthcare costs? Is it net of the billions (if not trillions) of premiums that will be paid into the public healthcare option (if it actually happens)? Or is it just the raw cost of the proposed system?

A lot more context is needed here.

Nobody has even attempted to provide a meaningful explanation of the context in which this number exists. All they say is that it came from the CBO. I honestly think there is no politician (aka corporate whore) on the senate finance committee that could answer that question.

Posted by: bdop4 on June 19, 2009 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We have no one to run for these offices but shakedown corporate sellouts. The solution is not political.

Posted by: Orley Allen on June 19, 2009 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

Has a Congressperson ever answered the question about their healthcare vs. the rest of us? I keep hearing that is the question to ask, but I never hear the response. Anyone have a record of such a discussion? How does a Baucus or Pelosi or Kennedy answer the question?

I have no health coverage, but am "fortunate" to have VA coverage, for now. Of course, I am limited to location and providers. I am not sure what my costs for emergency care would be, if I had to use such services. Many questions have been asked on blogs, but few answers.

I am committed to Oneness through Justice and Transformation
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Posted by: st john on June 19, 2009 at 11:28 AM | PERMALINK

If Obama doesn't go to the mattresses for the public option, he is a one term president.

Posted by: Michael7843853 on June 19, 2009 at 11:42 AM | PERMALINK

"This version of health reform is far from what the country needs. It is far from what any health-care experts would develop left to their own devices. But it is still a monumental initiative and, if passed, it would be the most significant step forward since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid."

Bullshit. This is nothing, this is worse than what exists because it makes changing things even harder. Max Baucus is a fucking scummy sellout to the insurance industray - why am I surprised? The rest of the "democrats" from Montana all vote like Republicans (Governor signs anti-Washington far right b.s. gun rights bill, Tester comes out against global warming, etc.), so including Baucus in the Montana DINO bunch fits just fine.

If Obama doesn't draw a line in the sand and say "I will veto this bill if it is passed in this form," then we will know we were bullshitted again, like I was when I worked for JFK, the "liberal icon" who wasn't very iconic.

Eugene Debs had it right back in 1912: "It's better to vote for what you want, and not get it, than to vote for what you don't want and get it."

This "reform" is nothing more than a politican's pujblic blowjob to the pinstriped pimps of the insurance industry.

Posted by: TCinLA on June 19, 2009 at 12:13 PM | PERMALINK

So this time we're gonna have to stop health care "reform". This bill is just outrageously bad. It's not incremental improvement it's a wholesale giveaway to the insurance industry that will do nothing to lower costs.

Anyone making over $30k gets screwed. This bill actually makes the govt the enforcers for private insurance companies. we must pay (whatever the insurance companies say we must pay) or the IRS comes after us for 75% of what the insurance company says we should pay. all the money ($1 trillion) besides the susbidy for those that make under $30k goes to inefficient programs and not reform.

there better be a back bench revolt in the house or a veto threat or we're screwed and the democratic legacy will be finalized as one of craven disengenuity.

this bill breaks both of Obama's health care campaign promises and has things backwards. a strong mandate and no public option.

Posted by: Beauregard Janglez on June 19, 2009 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

The mighty dems in congress are on the verge of giving us a much worse system than we have now. Either reform the system with universal coverage and a public option or leave it alone. Half-way measures are bound to make it worse. We'll wind up with no better healthcare (as opposed to coverage) than we have now, but a much higher price tag for it.

Posted by: CDW on June 19, 2009 at 12:50 PM | PERMALINK

I was a huge Obama supporter but if he lets the Senate decimate the public plan option (why would coops been any better than state-based high risk pools?-- which fail miserably as they are too expensive for the average person), I may not vote for him again. Even if he is 10x better than any other candidate. What's the good of voting for an Obama if Congress derails any chance of reform. As a Kansan I have noone to lobby as Moore supports the public plan already, and the appalling Republican Senators from KS are so popular in backward Kansas there is no point to calling or writing to them (although I do). The best Democratic president in years and Congress in Dem hands and what do we get? Watered-down crap from Congressional Dems. What is the point of voting anymore? It's so discouraging to deal with Congress in the pockets of industry: I don't know how political activists keep going. As another poster pointed out somewhere, huge rallies against the Iraq war did nothing. The only thing that sways Congressional members is money in their pockets and so their voting constituents are screwed from the beginning.

Posted by: klara on June 19, 2009 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

why would coops be any better... --- upset again

Posted by: klara on June 19, 2009 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

This isn't anything resembling health care reform it's just more of the same with a slight change in the numbers. People like me will still be left without the ability to afford healthcare and people like my GF will be utterly unable to get healthcare due to a prior condition (which is a minor one at that)..

Posted by: Matt on June 19, 2009 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

MEDICAID IS BANKRUPTING STATES LIKE NY AND CA DON'T REPEAT THE MISTAKE WITH ANOTHER GOVERNMENT PUBLIC CARE FIASCO.

So President Obama and the Democrats in Congress wants to put the Nation in more debt by up to 1.6 trillion dollars or more, cut Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to hospitals and providers by over 400 billion AND raise another 700 billion in taxes in order to put through a government run public health care plan which will destroy our current health care system? All so only a fraction of the 15% of the uninsured population can have free health insurance. Sounds like a really great idea! To heck with the other 85% Congress has exempted itself from the plan but the rest of us will be forced to fall in line with socialized medicine like the failed Medicaid which is causing States like New York and California to go bankrupt.

Meanwhile the government run plan will outbid and thus drive private care out of the market entirely. Then EVERYONE will have coverage but fewer doctors to take care of the millions of additional people being forced into a plan by the government because without any skin in the game aka profit, the doctors will just leave the game or bail out due to pure exhaustion.

It"ll be so great. Shortages of providers, long long waiting lists, cuts in basic care, denials of basic care, preventative care and medicines. Life and death decisions on who gets what health care will be made by government bureaucrats based on political favoritism and who the government deems of "worth" to society. Sounds like hell to me.

A few questions President Obama and the Democrats should be asking before pushing through another failed government run program like Medicaid and Medicare that will raise the deficit and taxes all so only a fraction of the uninsured can be covered:

The CBO has determined that the government option is going to result in 1 to 3 trillion dollars of extra debt yet only cover a third of the uninsured. Is this an acceptable price to pay for so little return?

A lot of economists are saying that the higher deficits that this plan represents will cause inflation to rise making the dollar worth half its current value. Is this ok with you?

Many are predicting that there will be a shortage of doctors available to meet the rising demands of millions of more people who would be insured under the plan and that some physicians will retire rather than receive the lower compensation this plan calls for to pay for their services. Is this ok with you?

Will your plan result in the government rationing of health care for start of life, end of life, and chronic medical conditions?

Another government run health care plan, Medicaid, is causing States like New York and California to go broke, how do you plan to prevent another even bigger government health care plan from bankrupting America?

How can anyone support increasing taxes in hard economic times for the purpose of paying for another government run fiasco like Medicaid?

Posted by: Mary on June 19, 2009 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

The final Bill will have public option and probably will include a tax on health benefits (probably not on the full amount, though).
And the Bill will go through the Senate via the reconciliation process.

Posted by: Doug on June 19, 2009 at 8:31 PM | PERMALINK

Hey look! Mary Mary Quite Delusional is back!!

Hey Mary - aren't you afraid of those 600,000 black guys who are out to get you HillaryBots?

BTW - where were you with this complaint when the Goddess Hillary was still running last year?

Jeez, just when you think the monster is dead, you find you still have to drive a cedar stake through it and let the body lie out in the sunlight.

But don't worry, Mary, we're all happy to take out our frustrations on a large, slow, moronically stupid target like yourself.

Wecome back, you delusional bimbo.

Posted by: TCinLA on June 19, 2009 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

If the people the knew the facts about governments mismanagement of social security and Medicare that are going bankrupt they would unanimously be against the government making an even bigger mess out of health care. Consider this, the CBO estimates the Democrats plan will add up to $1.6 trillion or more to the deficit over the next 10 years and only cover 13 to 14 million of the 50 million without insurance. The plan would subsidize these people to the tune of $6000 per person by 2019. Where is this money going to come from? Answer, You and me with the Democrats openly proposing big cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, higher taxes and sky rocketing deficits that will lead to inflation that will hurt people the elderly on fixed incomes the most.

The U.S. debt currently with Medicaid and Medicare is $57 trillion, $11 trillion in Social Security, $11+ trillion in the current budget. That is about $80 trillion in the hole and growing by the day. Moreover, state like Ca and NY are going bankrupt due to the enormous costs associated with Medicaid, which sounds a lot like the "public option" the Democrats are proposing.

A government takeover of the health care will inevitably lead to higher (costs deficits and taxes) and lower quality of care. Than to solve the "problem" (that government created in the first place), politicians will impose even higher taxes and rationing of health care. The goal of the Democrats health care take over is to suck as much money out of our pockets as possible so the government has control of our money and how it is spent.

The ugly truth is that the poor and elderly on Medicaid and Medicare will be forced to bear the brunt of this with our Medicare premiums going up and services being cut in order to help pay for the health care costs of the uninsured. Think about it. The money has to come from somewhere.

Given the government's mismanagement of Social Security and Medicare (that are going bankrupt) how is it that anyone can trust the government not to make an even bigger mess of health care is beyond me. I guess if you like sky rocketing deficits, higher taxes, run away inflation and some bureaucrat making life and death decisions on who gets what health care if any, a government take over of health care as proposed by the Democrats is for you.

Posted by: Mary on June 21, 2009 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

TCinLA.

Government run Medicare and Social Security going bankrupt and you think the government taking over health care and putting the Nation into even deeper debt is a good idea? You need to look in the mirror because if anyone is delusional, you are.

Posted by: Mary on June 21, 2009 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

AMERICAS NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY!

Its official. America and the World are now in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. A World EPIDEMIC with potential catastrophic consequences for ALL of the American people. The first PANDEMIC in 41 years. And WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES will have to face this PANDEMIC with the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed World.

STAND READY AMERICA TO SEIZE CONTROL OF YOUR NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.

We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

And while all this is going on, some members of congress seem mostly concern about how to protect the corporate PROFITS! of our GREED DRIVEN, PRIVATE FOR PROFIT NATIONAL DISGRACE. A PRIVATE FOR PROFIT DISGRACE that is in fact, totally valueless to the public health. And a detriment to national security, public safety, and the public health.

Progressive democrats and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and demand that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

In Mexico on average people who received medical care for A-H1N1 (Swine Flu) with in 3 days survived. People who did not receive medical care until 7 days or more died. This has been the same results in the US. But 50 million Americans dont even have any healthcare coverage. And at least 200 million of you with insurance could not get in to see your private insurance plans doctors in 2 or 3 days, even if your life depended on it. WHICH IT DOES!

Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

God Bless You

Jacksmith WORKING CLASS

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