Hanging an Albatross Around Der Gropinator
Talk about a tin ear. I hope this works, and that he gets his ass handed to him if he vetos it. I find it rather pathetic that the Republicans quoted here are still blathering about "bloated bureaucracy" when discussing health care. I mean, really- who in this country actually has efficient, high quality service from their health insurance provider, assuming they have one? At this point I think most people would rather deal with the IRS than their insurance company:
On a largely party-line 43-30 vote, the Assembly approved a bill by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, that would eliminate private medical insurance plans and establish a statewide health insurance system that would provide coverage to all Californians. The state Senate has already approved the plan once and is expected this week to approve changes that the Assembly made to the bill.
B840 would provide comprehensive medical, dental, vision, hospitalization and prescription drug coverage to every California resident. Anyone could see any doctor or go to any hospital.
"SB840 creates a system of comprehensive health insurance benefits for all Californians that guarantees free choice of doctors and hospitals," Kuehl said. "It creates access for all Californians by steeply reducing administrative overhead and emphasizing preventative and primary care instead of endlessly cutting coverage and access to care or increasing consumer spending."
Republicans and insurance groups oppose the bill, saying it will create an inefficient government bureaucracy.
"This takes us in the wrong direction," said Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian, R-Stockton. "This creates a government-run system akin to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Do we want health care taken care of by another bloated bureaucracy?"
Let's not kid ourselves. Insurance companies are huge, and huge donors to both parties but Republicans in particular. I have always believed that health care would be the "big" issue that helps create serious social change in this country, and the Republicans are fools not to understand that.
The equation is pretty simple: health care costs that rise faster than inflation, a skyrocketing population without any/significant coverage, an aging boomer hump who will require ever more expensive care paid for by savings that lose real value as the dollar is devalued by irresponsible monetary policies from Republican government, a stagnant economy that doesn't create jobs with benefits, totally screwed up Medicare and bankruptcy bills, and a housing market that is steadily losing equity value...
That's the formula for, dare I say it, revolution.
And I'm with Sirota:
Ho Hum, Largest State in America About to Create Universal Health Care System
Letâ€™s see - the largest state in America is on the verge of creating a single-payer universal health care system - addressing one of the countryâ€™s top political and economic concerns. Yet, as far as I can tell, neither the largest newspapers in America, the New York Times and the Washington Post, havenâ€™t written a word about it in the last three months.
And some still wonder why the public thinks the political discourse in this country is a joke.
If only I could laugh about it.