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The problem with Obama's D faction in a nutshell

According to the US Census, 50 million people had no insurance last year, up from 46 million in 2006. Kathleen Sibelius* reacts:

"I don't think there's any question the economy has taken a huge toll on the numbers of insured Americans. It makes it more important than ever that we rebuild this market."

Oh, OK.

I would have thought the most important thing was to save lives, since 45,000 poeple die each year because they can't get health care, but then I'm not one of The Big O's neo-liberal stooges.

NOTE * Yes, that Kathleen Sibelius.

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Valley Girl's picture
Submitted by Valley Girl on

"It will be a balance," Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Reuters in an interview recorded for C-SPAN's Newsmakers. "We definitely want consumers to get the bang for their buck .... On the other hand, we want to make sure that people don't see their companies exit the market, that we don't have a disruption."

Bang for the buck? We want to make sure that people don't see their companies exit the market... etc. Apart from "bang for the buck" being really offensive, who is this We and They of which she speaks? Oh, never mind, rhetorical question....

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Submitted by Stephanie on

...that they can't afford to use? I'd be really interested in that number.

Personally, my deductible went up from $500 to $1000 a year ago.
This year, effective 10/1, it's up to $2000, which of course I don't have. So if the doc wants tests or something...who knows.

Of course, still fortunate to have some coverage, tho it goes up 40% for seeing any kind of specialist, and meds will be up 25% if there's no generic. Of course the drug companies must protect those patents.