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They're double-crossing Obama

Breaking news on health care: The Washington Post is now reporting that insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield "is putting the finishing touches on a public message campaign aimed at killing a key plank in Obama's reform platform."

The Huffington Post sums it up as "Insurers Planning on Double-Crossing Obama."

We knew the insurance companies would eventually turn on the president, but this is much sooner than expected.

Remember, there's a right time and place for core values to be sold out... but not so soon!

One is reminded of the mobsters who bump into a restaurateur. One mobster says, "Luigi, I'm so sorry to hear about your restaurant burning down. What a shame!" The other whispers to him: "That's not 'til tomorrow!"

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

The dude fucking used their 1990s ads. How the fuck can you fucking forget that?

Sorry, but this deserved some profanity because of its shear stupidity

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Submitted by Damon on

And, obviously, there are plenty of dopes yet to be had. On this one, I'm actually 100% agreement with gqmartinez. This is so blatantly shameless as to make the blood boil. This is the kind of stuff that kills movements, and seemingly without them even realizing it.

They're double-crossing Obama

Are you fucking kidding me?

Submitted by jawbone on

Lazarus said when Carter wanted to pass universal healthcare, AHIP (a major part of BHIP-Big Health Industry Playahs) came to the administration, said they were on board, really wanted to be part of the solution, but, as the actual planning went forward, pulled out of the "agreement," Same with Clinton.

Now, gonna be the same with Obama.

It's what they do.*

Lazarus wrote about this in the LATimes:

Here we go again: Health insurers say they support reform
The industry was gung-ho when universal coverage became a going concern in the 1990s -- and we all know how that turned out. So why should anyone believe the outcome will be different this time?

It's a good quick read, filled with good information.

I have to confess I'd left Carter off my list of Dem presidents who worked for healthcare reforms/universal care. I apologize, Mr. President! I forgot.

Obama must not waste this opportunity, but it sure looks like he's learned the wrong lessons from the Clinton failure. I believe the Clintons failed bcz they prenegotiated, precompromised, tried to treat BHIP and the Repubs as responsible, honorable opponents who cared about the public.

Wrong. The Clintons failed because they didn't start as far to the left as possible, demanding single payer, universal care. Then the middle would not have been so far right.

Obama didn't learn that lesson. He says he learned that all the parties must be at the table. They were, dude! They were in on the private meetings. So, he says there will be "transparency." Except it seems most everything is still being done privately.... Sheesh.

*It's What They Do -- As in the story of the scorpion and the frog, AHIP is willing to kill everything to try to keep their fat profits, their nice little "protection" scheme going. Nice little house your got there --or car or savings account-- be too bad if something happened to it. Just pay us and we'll give you (some) protection. As happens with protection rackets, usually the vic doesn't get to keep the business or whatever anyway....

Submitted by Randall Kohn on

They and Obama are double-fucking us.

Unlike Clinton and Carter, Obama never had the slightest intention of working for real health care reform. This unfolding result was intended. Obama flames out as a one-termer, then cashes out by stepping into the finance sector. And the rest of us are under the bus.