Today's single payer post: torture chambers or emergency rooms?
I have been thinking about this old article in The Hill:
Dems hedge on healthcare
...“We all know there is not enough money to do all this stuff,” said Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), a Finance Committee member and an Obama supporter, referring to the presidential candidates’ healthcare plans. “What they are doing is … laying out their ambitions.” ...
... Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), a member of Senate Democratic leadership and a key Hillary Clinton ally who also sits on the Finance Committee, said he is “not sure we have the big plan on healthcare.”
“Healthcare I feel strongly about, but I am not sure that we’re ready for a major national healthcare plan,” Schumer said.
Schumer said he would focus “on prevention above all and cost cutting until we can get a national healthcare plan.”
As this video shows, a single payer system would significantly lower costs, so the whole can we pay for this argument is bogus.
But these same Senators have been happy to authorize the Treasury Department to borrow money from China and vote appropriations for the Defense Dept. to build a gulag of secret prisons, complete with torture chambers.
During the Bush years, hundreds of urban and rural emergency rooms have closed down, and at the same time our society has been building torture chambers. Rockefeller and Schumer cannot put all the blame on Bush. They need to take responsibility for their role in that.
The battle for HR 676 is a moral test.