If you have "no place to go," come here!

PNHP actually on NPR!

It's very "balanced"... Baucus: "We will come up with a uniquely American solution."

But at least a story....

Blendon is an expert on "polling" from Harvard. Wonder who he is?

Then they quote Obama that if he were starting from scratch, single payer would be the way to go.

Announcer takes it off the table; you could hear the smirk in her voice.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

nyceve was on Orange today asking people to contact Sen Richard Lugar to urge him to sponsor the senate version of HR 676; which indicates that they have some indication that Lugar is open to it. That would make it bi-partisan and would be an enormous boost. I won't have a chance to post about this, but maybe Guaranteed Health Care or PNHP will be blogging about it. If this comes off it will be a MAJOR victory for Hoosiers for Commonsense Health Care.

Submitted by lambert on

Thanks for the transcript, DCB. Here's the end of it:

But Blendon says opponents of a government-sponsored health system are equally vehement, which is another reason why no president since Harry Truman has put such a policy on the table.

"It shows the sense of controversy they felt they would face if they did that," Blendon says.

Even Obama demurred when he was asked point-blank about single-payer back in August.

"A lot of people work for insurance companies, a lot of people work for HMOs," Obama said. "You've got a whole system of institutions that have been set up."

What he left unsaid was that that's a fight too big even for him to win.

Apparently, controversy is too big a price to pay to save $350 billion and $17,000 lives.

And, as I said, you should have heard the smirk in her voice. Villagers.

Submitted by hipparchia on

obama needs to take just an hour or two out of his busy life to look at single payer. hr 676 isn't that long, and there are any number of websites that have made the salient features of both hr 676 in particular and single payer in general into a few easily digestible bullet points.

iirc, one of those bullet points is that true hmos would still exist if they're non-profit [or would convert to nonprofit]. a second bullet point is that there's funding built into the bill for retraining and up to 2 years of unemployment benefits for former insurance company employees that would be displaced. a third bullet point is that the transition to nonprofit status [of all hospitals, etc, not just the hmos] is slated to happen over 15 years.

not usually mentioned is the fact that many insurance companies that sell health insurance also sell many other kinds of insurance too, and that they could probably also go on selling supplemental policies under single for non-essential things like cosmetic surgery, or upgrading to a private room from a semi-private room....

but yeah, way easier to just a few thousand people die every year.