Versailles: The real problem with health care isn't that you can't get it, but that it costs too much
RL demands mean no real time to post on this, but does the Baucus-Grassley bill to overhaul Medicare looks like No Child Left Behind for doctors to anyone else but me?
All this talk about national standards for care and increased quality looks great in the abstract -- who can be against quality -- until you ask yourself who's going to be setting the standards and defining the quality of care. If it's the insurance companies -- or some kind of pissant Blaire-ite public-private partnership that's a beard for the insurance companies -- then the bill is just another way to deny us care.
At a time when Americans are worried about whether they can get care, and when smart pols know that single payer approaches like Medicare for All are getting increasing support at the grass roots, Obama and the Big Money Democrats are marching resolutely in another direction.
They're not listening. So I guess we'll have to get their attention!
NOTE Note that the approach of the Baucus-Grassely bill dovetails exactly with Obama's lowered baseline for reform at last night's presser. It's almost like they were co-ordinated, and it's a big Fuck You to the public option and the progressive caucus. Quelle surprise.