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The problem with health insurance

Representative John Conyers has a bill in the House of Representatives to expand the Medicare system to provide affordable, quality coverage for all Americans. H.R. 676 has 86 cosponsors in the House, and has already been endorsed by 30 state labor federations, 94 Central Labor Councils, and 348 union locals and other labor organizations in 48 states.

It is not just labor, dozens of organizations (scroll down) have endorsed HR 676. We can win this one.

Over the fourth of July holiday politicians will be appearing in parades and other events. This is a great time to talk to them about Medicare for All (unless you would rather talk about FISA).

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Submitted by amberglow on

the Insurance Industry already opposes Obama's too-weak plan without mandates, and they're telling people:

on the one hand they'll consider mandates --"..."Senator Obama is willing to consider any sort of proposal that would bring together, not just the insurance industry but . . . the consumers themselves," said Obama adviser Dr. Kavita Patel. ...

Patel's individual mandate remarks were made in response to an insurance industry leader suggesting at the same forum that insurers will oppose Obama's plan as currently structured. Insurers are worried that the Illinois Democrat has not tied an individual mandate to "guaranteed issue," the industry's term for requiring patients to be covered without regard to pre-existing conditions. ..."

and in the next breath: "...the presumptive Democratic nominee "does not have plans to change his health care plan." ... he will bring together businesses, the medical community and members of both parties around a comprehensive solution to this issue." ..." -- http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/...

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Maybe it is time to include Dr. Kavita Patel in our political efforts. I am thinking of mild things, such as sending Patel a copy of the Resolution by the Natl. Conference of Mayors supporting HR 676, and so forth.

Under no circumstances should anyone be rude with Patel. That is not going to get us health care. The Free South Africa movement never employed rudeness and neither should we.

Submitted by lambert on

but IIRC there was an organization called the ANC involved in the South Africa efforts as well.

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

my historical reference is a little fuzy, but I was refering to changing US policy on apartheid SA, not overthrowing the apartheid system.

Submitted by lambert on

even if the organizations were different.

The ANC handled the impolite aspects, I would say.

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.