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Health care defeatism from people who should know better

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Obama must deliver on health care

In an ideal world, I'm for a Canadian-style single-payer system (also known as HR 676 or "Medicare for all"), but as a political compromise I would settle for something like what John Edwards and Hillary Clinton proposed during the primaries: mandatory health insurance, which would be portable with no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and the option for any American to buy into a public insurance plan. Momentum is building in Congress for this kind of reform.

I don't like beating up on liberal bloggers who give so much of themselves, but this kind of disinformation and defeatism is the biggest obstacle to victory. Medicare for All has 93 cosponsors, including three committee chairs, far more support than any other health care proposal. Moreover, we know from the Massachusetts experience that mandates do not work. We must insist on single payer!

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Submitted by Damon on

She was offered the Appropriations chair and passed for SoS?! WTF?! I hope the Daily News got it wrong. I'd never even thought about her being Appropriations chair, and not even having read that article, yet, that would have been HUGE. It would have meant real money or real issues. My God, if this is true I'm more disappointed than before. :(

BTW, I hope at this late hour that you've conceded that she's long since accepted the SoS offer. It's over. In fact, it's been over.

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Submitted by amberglow on

it was only that she was offered a spot on it--not the chair. They have seniority rules--and a spot like that would mean that 8-10? far more senior Senators had been passed over and they wouldn't stand for it--look at the Dingell-Waxman fight the other day--this is really important to all of them.

Clinton's approps offer

i still don't buy SoS til i see Obama himself announcing it, Damon. Remember all the VP stuff?

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Submitted by Damon on

Ok, so it's not as bad as I thought. But, I do agree with the author that even a seat is not small potatoes. To be fair, it being the Daily News I did have serious doubts about the story.

BTW, you just have a few more hours to wait until the announcement.