Promises made in the orgasmic throes of hubris caused by the clamoring crowds of his adoring and hopelessly ignorant supporters. Yeah, baby...I'll call you...it was fantastic...you were great... (finger pointing).
And the bull rolled off the nickel....
I like you Chris Peterson--for single-payer efforts let's think about you: https://www.healthcare-now.org
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I wonder if demodogs are smart enough to use this to win mid-term? Then again I'm sure they'll stay on their proven message Russia did it, fbi did it and that old fav we're the lesser evil.
Thanks Deirdre Fulton and CD you should keep hammering on this with repugs and demodogs.
Again, Obama blew it when he had the chance to have a single payer plan for all Americans. There is too much profit being extracted from what should be a basic human right especially in the 'richest country'. However things that make sense rarely get through congress when there's profit to be made, especially if it can be siphoned off the lowest 2/3 of the populace. Increase the medicare tax on a sliding scale so the wealthy pay their fair share and help support the poor. All we see today are proposed cuts to social programs of all stripes and increases the the insane defense budget which makes no sense at all.
When did Obama have a chance for a single payer health care plan? Ask Sanders. There never was a chance.
Single-payer/universal health care is not an option, period. We would need to maintain our separate system for the poor. Providing anything more than emergency room services for our poor would be like trying to fill a sieve with water. Deprivation of adequate food and shelter take a very heavy toll on human health.
The Clinton wing in Congress kicked off 2015 alone with voting to virtually end food stamps to the elderly poor and the disabled (cut from $115 per month, down to $10). This reflects the fact that the US has long abandoned any concept of "the common good."
From salon.com in 2010:
"I would say that in the Senate, there are at most 10 votes for a single-payer plan,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-described democratic socialist, who isn’t shy about his own preference for that kind of solution, told Salon this week. “In the House, I have no idea but it’s a small minority … It’s absurd to say, ‘Mr. President, go forward and make your bill single-payer,’ when you’ve got 10 percent of the Congress supporting you.”
Common Dreams: magic!
Consider the amount of money that flows into political campaign funds from the US health care industry. This is a $3 trillion dollar industry. If the industry drops a billion dollars, a third of one percent of gross income for a year, that means every representative and senator in Congress just get handed something close to $2 million dollars to vote the way the industry wants them to do.
With the possible exception of Bernie Sanders, the other 537 are totally corrupt and serve the highest bidder. Also quite a bit of money flowers into the two major parties too.
OBAMA DID NOT BLOW IT!
Please read the Constitution. Congress legislates, not presidents. Obama wanted a public option. This means we the people would have the choice of buying private insurance of public insurance (single-payer).
Just 3 senators (Nelson, D-NE; Lieberman, I-CT; and Landrieu, D-LA) prevented a public option because they announced that they would not vote for the bill if it contained a public option. To get a bill passed that Obama could sign into law, Harry Reid had no choice but to bring a bill to the floor without a public option.
The poor have single-payer health insurance. It is called Medicaid. The ACA proposed expanding Medicaid, but the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not force the states to do this (I wonder if the Court also thinks Lincoln could not force the Confederate States to give up their slaves).
So, now states with Republicans in power did not expand Medicaid, while states with Democrats in power did expand Medicaid. Not that different than some states having slaves and other states abolishing slavery.
In 2015 Republicans controlled Congress. Democrats could not get anything passed that Republicans did not introduce. So blame the Republicans and not the Clinton wing of the Democrat Party. Hillary tried to get universal health insurance in 1993, but the Republicans opposed her. The only reason we have the ACA is because Democrats had control of both houses of Congress.
This is also true of Social Security and Medicare. Had FDR and LBJ not had control of Congress, those social welfare programs would not exist because Republicans opposed them. They now want to privatize them. However, The Donald says he will not do this. Let us see if he walks the walk as well as talking the talk. Remember that he said he was going to throw Hillary in jail. Is she in jail?
Good point, Olhippy. Thanks.
What is this nonsense? Single payer universal health is the only option and doesn't need a separate system for the poor
Excuse me, but what we are currently doing is like trying to fill a sieve with water -- it all leaks out into advertising, administrative costs, executive salaries and profits.
Obviously work, organizing and education need to be done:
Except that if he had waged that war, we'd be in a hell of a better position to say that single payer is what we should have done in the first place. Instead, we're pretty much where we were in 2009 - that is square one. It ain't gonna happen until we demand that it happen. I don't give a flying f*ck what the vote count is today. We need to change the vote count and the way to do that is to demand that it change.
I'm really sick of this "art of the possible" bullshit that HRC foisted upon us, which is what is being said when someone argues that the votes aren't there. That's a dog whistle for "it ain't gonna happen and I ain't gonna try." It's time for the art of what we need and makes sense, based on the evidence and our best judgment, not based on the effects on the status quo.
Short of a military coup and the installation of a benevolent dictator its not going to happen. The deep state and power elite want people dying earlier, not living longer. Corporations and money determine who get elected, as does MSM who are owned by that group . They are all interlocked and agree whats good for them is more money and profit, and health care is profitable. That part that is not profitable (old, sick, poor) is privatized.
Thr constitution was designed by the power elite to prevent the will of the majority to rule and to protect the minority who owned property and capital from the majority. Its always going to be that way. The system works as intended.