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Ugyur: Can we stop with the triumphalism on HCR, please?

Cenk Uygur:

[T]his celebration is premature and over-hyped. The insurance companies are still in charge. In fact, they have 31 million new customers handed to them by the government. The issue of costs has simply not been addressed. As things stand now, there is absolutely nothing that can stop insurance companies from raising your premiums tomorrow. And they will, at some point. That's a guarantee. ....

The drama over the passage of this bill was always fake. The Democrats had overwhelming majorities in the Senate and House. I never once doubted they were going to pass the bill. That wasn't the question. The question was what kind of bill they were going to pass. And the kind they passed was as weak as possible. Every branch of the health care industry absolutely loved it, from the drug makers to the large hospitals. ...

The underlying problems still exist. Yes, they stopped some of the bleeding and some of the bandages they applied were large, but the patient still has cancer. The rates are never going to stop going up as long as our only option is private insurance companies who are legally bound to make as much money from us as humanly possible while delivering the smallest amount of service. The wound festers and grows (with 31 million new customers). When will it pop back up again? The next time they decide to raise the rates.

When is that? Well, that's the ticking time bomb. And it has not yet been defused. I wouldn't put up any "Mission Accomplished" signs yet and I wouldn't promise the American people that we have a historic fix to the health care problem in this country. Especially when they're going to see differently the next time they get the bill.

Of course, Obama could have jawboned them to hold off 'til after the mid-terms, in yet another secret deal. And as for 2014 and after? IBGYBG....

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