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The Courts may shut down the Affordable Care Act leaving us healthcare deprived…

E. J. Dionne has a great column this morning: Will the Courts Wreck Health Care?

A quote from the column:

Ken Cuccinelli

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli made a revealing argument against the mandate. He kept referring to health insurance as a “private product.”

    There’s the rub. Health care is anything but a “private product.” The system is replete with cross-subsidies from hospitals, taxpayers and the already insured. There is no law requiring a car dealer to give you a new Lexus if you just walk onto the lot that compares to the statute requiring hospitals to treat you if you show up. We consider health care a largely public good, but we don’t pay for it that way. That’s foolish.

Read the whole column HERE.


A Bad Idea Whose Time Has Hopefully Not Come…

…and that is taking Medicare private to insurance companies, or letting private corporations voucher it. We’ve seen how overpriced and poorly administered (from a Senior’s point of view) “Medicare Advantage” has turned out, why in hell would we put all of Medicare under the same Corporate boot?

But that’s just what the Republicans want to do… They say, of course, that those of us over 55 will have no changes in our Medicare plans. They forgot to add “yet.”

As Paul Krugmann put it:

Oh, and for all those older Americans who voted GOP last year because those nasty Democrats were going to cut Medicare, I have just one word: suckers!

What will happen to those Seniors who are exclusively dependent on Social Security when they can’t afford to purchase vouchers and are cut out of medical care. This is what the newly proposed Republican budget plan leaves us with.

As for Barack Obama, we are not sure if he will stand up to this concept or will cave in as he has so many times recently. There needs to be a spine in the Presidency, but we are passing more tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy and, if we follow the Republican budget plan, we will increase the costs on the “middle class“… the class they want to eliminate.

E.J. Dionne, commenting on Obama’s response to this attack on Medicare, said this:

This will be Obama’s defining moment. Will he stand up for the principle that society takes care of those in need? Or will he cave in? I wish I had confidence in the answer.

Tom Harkin, who I am watching on the Senate floor right now, is pointing out that this is not a way of preserving Medicare, but is really a way of destroying the middle class standard of living and any safety net which we rely on for our ordinary way of life.

“The Republican assault on the middle class is breathtaking,” says Senator Harkin.

And we can only agree.

A Quote for Today…

As long as I’m discussing the Guns and Butter issue as it effects the folks in our Middle Class and the Government that seems to be screwing them, I thought I’d drop this quote, made about a week ago, by E. J. Dionne:

“Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid?”

Well, can it?

Quote for the Day that I have to agree with:

“I’m a chronic optimist about America. But we are letting stupid politics, irrational ideas on fiscal policy and an antiquated political structure undermine our power.

We need a new conservatism in our country that is worthy of the name. We need liberals willing to speak out on the threat our daft politics poses to our influence in the world. We need moderates who do more than stick their fingers in the wind to calculate the halfway point between two political poles.

And, yes, we need to reform a Senate that has become an embarrassment to our democratic claims. “

– E J Dionne in an essay entitled “In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game.”

The Public Option Only Looks Dead…By E.J. Dionne

Here’s a clip from Dionne’s op-ed in the WaPo this morning. It leaves me with confidence that we might get the Public Option after all.
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The strangest aspect of the debate over a public option for health coverage is that the centrists who oppose it should actually love it.

It doesn’t involve a government takeover of the health care system. The idea is that only consumers who wanted to enroll in a government-run health plan would do so. Anyone who preferred private insurance could get it.

Fans of the market rightly oppose monopolies. But in many places, a small number of insurance companies — sometimes only one — dominate the market. The public option is a monopoly-buster.

Centrists tell us they want to hold down spending and fight deficits. Strong versions of the public option, as the Congressional Budget Office showed in its scoring of Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s proposal, cut the costs of insuring everyone.

Unfortunately, the debate over the public option has rarely concentrated on the substance of the idea. Instead, it has been almost entirely ideological.

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You can read the whole thing HERE.