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PNHP: even though Obama house parties a "sham," participate!

Don McCanne, MD, Senior Health Policy Fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), on the Obama house parties on healthcare:

The scripted discussions for Sen. Daschle's community meetings exclude any consideration of a single payer national health program. The closest they come is to discuss a "public plan like Medicare" that can be purchased as another option to a private plan through an insurance exchange. Yet a legislative staff member for a Democratic Senator recently stated that the "public option" proposal looked at present to be completely blocked by the Republicans - they will only discuss changes based upon the existing private insurance industry. One of the reform negotiators, Republican Senator Mike Enzi, last week wrote, "... we must focus on promoting new options and choices for patients. This means expanding competitive, free market plans – not moving toward a single payer health care system."

Even though the process is a sham, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't speak up. We should do so, though in a civil but firm manner. The very first question asking what is the biggest problem in the health system can be answered by stating that our fragmented financing system based on private plans and public programs is wasting a huge amount of funds that should be used for health care for the uninsured and underinsured, and we can actually do that by replacing our dysfunctional financing system with a single payer national health program. We need to be certain that Sen. Daschle is shocked yet pleasantly surprised to see overwhelming support for single payer about which he has written is "brilliantly simple, ensures equity by providing all people with the same benefits, and saves billions of dollars by creating economies of scale and streamlining administration."

Be sure to stay at the meetings long enough to be certain that the single payer message is included in the submission to the Transition Health Policy Team. We need to send that message. It remains to be seen whether or not the bureaucrats are going to try to bury it again. If they do, then maybe it's time for a march on Washington.

If you go, read the whole thing, as it includes the Obama/Daschle talking points that will be guiding their operatives.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

It is a great idea and would be pretty funny if the single payer advocates made this backfire on them.

Submitted by ohio on

And then when you've showered, c'mon back because we're thinking maybe we should have a virtual house party Corrente style.

I read a thing that basically, you're supposed to sign up to host, then get all your friends to come over to your house or something and talk about this.

Clearly, these people do not know my friends.

But at minimum, a Corrente house party not in place of but in addition to? What do you say, smart dude? You can wear whatever you like and don't have to worry about driving home.

Submitted by lambert on


Why just have one house party? Why don't we have one every day for a week -- ending on New Year's Eve? (Now that would be Correntian, would it not?

Maybe we could get some speakers, too....

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Is this a ploy to seem interested in people's opinions to flash to the media for transcription? You know, like the moderated question asking website? Or is it a fundraiser? Most house parties are for fundraising purposes or to collect volunteer names and that's it.

Submitted by lambert on

Be sure to stay at the meetings long enough to be certain that the single payer message is included in the submission to the Transition Health Policy Team. We need to send that message.