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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Obama Bails On Public Option

President’ Obama and his spin doctors announced today that they are not blindly tied to the public option for healthcare reform that he fought for during his campaign for the Presidency. The translation of that statement for those of you that do not speak Politicism is that the private healthcare insurance industry has won the battle once more. Fifty million people will still not have health care and the cost for those of you that do will continue to rise unabated.

White House ready to drop ‘public option’? - MSNBC

WASHINGTON - Bowing to Republican pressure and an uneasy public, President Barack Obama's administration signaled Sunday it is ready to abandon the idea of giving Americans the option of government-run insurance as part of a new health care system.

Facing mounting opposition to the overhaul, administration officials left open the chance for a compromise with Republicans that would include health insurance cooperatives instead of a government-run plan. Such a concession would likely enrage his liberal supporters but could deliver Obama a much-needed win on a top domestic priority opposed by GOP lawmakers.

What it all comes down to is yet one more politician that happens to be the President selling out the millions of people that fought so hard for him to get elected. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were the only ones with workable plans for a public option for health care during the election and that is why it was basically a battle of the super stars of politics right down to the actual vote in the presidential primary. And a public health care option is why so many people worked to elect a Democratic party lead congress in both houses.

As a Democrat, and now somewhat progressive in thought person, I feel like I just got stabbed in the back. If President Obama wanted the full healthcare bill passed then he could have simply negotiated with his own political party to get the job done. It makes no sense to me why he is even considering Republican debate on this at all. Or could it be that the healthcare insurance industry saw the potential to be knocked off like a Soprano character if a public option was passed by the congress and used its own negotiating powers to kill it instead? That sounds more logical. I find it unbelievable that the political party with all the votes to get real healthcare reform passed was or is being handed its head on a silver platter courtesy of the opposition. I’m not just upset with my President either, my political party ran for cover at the first sign of trouble when it came to healthcare. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and Senate President, Harry Reid may have said they were behind the President on healthcare reform but neither was willing to fight for it in the congress.

In the end the health care insurance industry will be handed free money by the government courtesy of the GOP as long as they (wink, wink) promise to cut cost to consumers. Ten years from now there will be not 50 million but 100 million Americans without healthcare but the government subsidy checks to the insurance companies will still be cashed. Isn’t that the way it always works, the little guys get screwed and the money gets doled out to the people screwing America over anyway!

Healthcare reform is officially a dead issue. Without the public option it is just another meaningless spending bill for special interest groups that have bigger teeth than John or Jane Doe in America. And that would be the way it is simply because John and Jane Doe don’t have healthcare insurance.


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Blogger sue said...

Matt I'm sick to my stomach, but wait, could it be a trick to throw them off their game?? Could we still get what we want, afterall the bill isn't written yet. And whats this talk about co-ops, do you like this idea?
Yesterday was fun, I can see myself getting addicted again!

5:30 AM  
Blogger sue said...

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5:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess being Canada is reporting that their health care system is imploding people are getting nervous about it.
Maybe if Obama just stuck with the 4 major issues instead of 1000 pages of hidden things.
1- controlling costs
2-Insure the people who need it
3-Keep your insurance if you lose your job at the same price and or for a period of time without payment or a reduced cost.
4-Get rid of the pre-existing condition clause.
Ir has become obvious that possibly more people are against an entire overhaul of a system they are satisfied with.

11:06 AM  
Blogger sue said...

I deleted the 2nd comment because machinist Jeff said a few things that made me stop and think. Of course I don't want the democrats to be sneaky, I want this bill to pass and be helpful for ALL Americans!

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Mat and Sue. The whole thing makes me sick too. I only hope they decide to ignore the lies, the polls, and fight for what will lower costs and work best in the long run.

1:45 PM  
Anonymous henry young said...

Why can't just those why pay taxes get health b'out that Obama and the rest of the health care reform starters??? NO seriously, this I could be in favor of, but not just letting any old person that comes to America, even the illegal’s to get health care and our taxes go up the roof???? No, sure, I will cont. to fight this...

2:52 PM  

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