Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What Keith Olbermann Said 

SPECIAL COMMENT - Ruined Senate bill unsupportable; Conservatives have destroyed this version of health care reform [ Full transcript and video, (MSNBC, Dec. 16, 2009) ]


No single payer? No sale. No public option? No sale. No Medicare buy-in? No sale. I am one of the self-insured, albeit by choice. And I hereby pledge that I will not buy this perversion of health care reform. Pass this at your peril, Senators, and sign it at yours, Mr. President. I will not buy this insurance. Brand me a lawbreaker if you choose. Fine me if you will. Jail me if you must.

But if the Medicare Buy-In goes, but the Mandate stays, the people who fought so hard and so sincerely to bring sanity to this system must kill this mutated version of their dream, because those elected by us to act for us have forgotten what must be the golden rule of health care reform. It is the same one to which physicians are bound, by oath: First do no harm.

And here: Special Comment: Not Health, Not Care, Not Reform by Keith Olbermann, Wed Dec 16, 2009 (Daily Kos).

What Howard Dean said. Here: Health-care bill needs major improvement to be worth passing By Howard Dean, Thursday, December 17, 2009 (Washington Post)
If I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill. Any measure that expands private insurers' monopoly over health care and transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to private corporations is not real health-care reform. Real reform would insert competition into insurance markets, force insurers to cut unnecessary administrative expenses and spend health-care dollars caring for people. Real reform would significantly lower costs, improve the delivery of health care and give all Americans a meaningful choice of coverage. The current Senate bill accomplishes none of these.

What Bernie Sanders said. Here:
As of this point, I’m not voting for the bill. ... I’m going to do my best to make this bill a better bill, a bill that I can vote for, but I’ve indicated both to the White House and the Democratic leadership that my vote is not secure at this point. And here is the reason. When the public option was withdrawn, because of Lieberman’s action, what I worry about is how do you control escalating health care costs?

What Markos Moulitsas said. Here: Remove mandate, or kill this bill by kos, Tue Dec 15, 2009.

And here: 20 answers by kos, Wed Dec 16, 2009.

What David Waldman and Digby said. Here: Does the "health care" sales job rest on a "free lunch" pitch?, by David Waldman, Wed Dec 16, 2009 (Congress Matters).


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