HR 4789: Quell the Individual Mandate with Medicare

March 26, 2010

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL): “We all know the health care bill is missing one important thing – and that’s the public option.”  The “Medicare You Can Buy Into Act,” HR 4789, currently has 80 co-sponsors.  “It’s a simple 3-and-a-half page bill that would let everyone have access to Medicare if they were willing to pay for it.”

After all the secret deals, can we overcome the Individual Mandate without a Public Option (one of the largest corporate betrayals in U.S. history, which Rep. Grayson was a part of)?  This, at least, should be a start.  The new TAX and “Criminal” weight may remain.  Yet, actual Competition and a partially acceptable Choice (while being forced) would result.

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MoveOn Sells (Us) Out (Again)

March 15, 2010

MoveOn.org organized against Rep. Kucinich.  Why?  Because he [was] standing up to this administration’s/the corporate democrats’ insurance company giveaway (unneeded bailout).  View “Is This The Best We Can Do?” – and, remember the following statement, for it is one which should ring in every American’s ears: “If a mandate was a solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everyone buy a house.”

MoveOn allied itself with a (sold out) center (NDC) – so far to the right that it would be considered republican/conservative in the year 1996.  They are now agents/actors of/for the elite establishment (status quo).  Any waves their organization purports to make will henceforth be highly projected – yet, only result in ripples (as intended).  MoveOn asked ‘Which Side of History Will You Be On?‘  We responded: “May as many members of that organization as possible wake up to what this revealed, then renounce their associations – in Droves.”  “Kucinich [wasn’t] holding out for a boondoggle, or a minority vendetta.  He [was] staking a claim for a policy most people [wanted]” [the Public Option].  If a majority of the Majority had as much spine . . . ?

(The same reactions apply to any of the other groups who threatened those of us who were fighting against this Health Care Sham.)

Update (it’s over): On 03/17, Rep. Kucinich’s switch marked the end.  There will be an Individual Mandatewithout a Public Option.  We supported people like him and Sen. Sanders for standing out.  They failed us by not following through.  Soon, people “will be herded like rebellious cattle into a ‘mandated’ slaughter by way of corporate pens (Policies).”

POLITICS (The Democrats Need to Call This a WIN!):
Dennis Kucinich: “We have to be very careful that the potential of President Obama’s presidency not be destroyed by this debate.  And I feel, even though I have many differences with him on policy [Ring a bell? :  “Policy Differences“], there’s something much bigger at stake here for America.”

POLITICS (The Democrats Need to Call This a WIN!):
(Even) Michael Moore: “Within days, the House of Representatives will vote to pass the Senate health care ‘reform’ bill.  This bill is a joke.  It has NOTHING to do with ‘health care reform.’  It has EVERYTHING to do with lining the pockets of the health insurance industry.  It forces, by law, every American who isn’t old or destitute to buy health insurance if their boss doesn’t provide it.  What company wouldn’t love the government forcing the public to buy that company’s product?!”  Yet, “Pass it because, if President Obama takes a fall on this one, I don’t know if he’ll be able to get back up.”

Again: Let us not accept pure spin, while we’re being sold out, as
“the good.”  Let us not forget that what was absolutely possible –
in a present tense, is now referred to as “the perfect” –
in a past tense.

Update II (Hidden Reality Confirmation):
NY Times Reporter Confirms Obama Made Deal to Kill Public Option

Response to Miles Mogulescu: Your work reveals what should be Front Page news, nationwide – resulting in a long-term scandalous exposition.  Yet, of course, it won’t.  Since the Reagan era, objectively independent and investigatory journalism has been erased so far from the mainstream that the few controlling conglomerates would finally proclaim victory, openly – if the internet (and alternative venues like Democracy Now) were somehow quelled.  This confirmation of another grand, secret deal (in a series) exposes the sheer level to which the public was “bamboozled” and “punked.”  On stage: “I’m a champion for the common people.  Corporations, lobbyists, and power brokers will not tell me what to do.”  Backstage: “Ladies and gentlemen (of the corporations, lobbyists, and power brokers), tell me what you are wanting to do.  Then, after a selling period (mixed with some populist posturing) I will make that happen.”  Norman Solomon, Zero Public Option + One Mandate = Disaster: “a stunning, deeply structural transfer of humongous power and wealth that would greatly boost the leverage of an already autocratic corporate state.”  Exactly.


Individual Mandates Bootstrap the Homeless

January 25, 2010

Today, default/delinquency/foreclosure rates continue to skyrocket and soon there will be more prime mortgages in arrears than subprime ones. More than 25% of all homes are now ‘under water.’  Millions more families are at risk.  Foreclosures continue to rise.  The housing crisis at the center of the financial crisis has not been ‘fixed.’”

Continue to think about that figure: “25% of all homes.”  In this (undeniable) Second Depression, what would happen to the individuals and families in those homes if they were hit with an additional (Mandatory) Monthly BILL?  If 14 million are headed to (or already on) the streets now because of this (ENRONesqued) crisis, how many more millions might end up there because of an Individual Mandate (without a “Robust” Public Option to compel meaningful competition on the private insurer monopolies)?  Moreover, regarding the “new homeless” that are still working, how might they feel about not only getting run out of most public areas (“no camping”), but also having to face new IRS fines and “criminal” labels for not fulfilling their personal/family health care purchase responsibilities (8% of income / NOT A TAX)? : “Hey kids, we may not have a house or enough food to eat, but, at least we have the comfort of forced coverage by Blue Shield!!”  Too fat?  Canceled.  Too skinny?  Canceled.  Homeless?  We just increased your subprime premium by 189%.  Why?  Because there are special diseases out there for people who live like that (not enough showers), and simply, because we can.  Petition your government for another subsidy, and we will be happy with the difference.

These are the stock-in-trade tactics of the ‘power elite’ that C. Wright Mills wrote so poignantly about back in the 1950s.”
Again, Thank You, New Majority.

[“If a mandate was a solution, we could try that to solve homelessness by mandating everyone buy a house.”]

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Thank You, New Majority

December 4, 2009

“Aetna Forcing 600,000 to Lose Coverage in Effort to Raise Profits”: “Officials at Aetna announced that in an effort to improve on a less-than-anticipated profit margin in 2009, they would be raising prices on their consumers in 2010” (“ensuring that each customer is priced to an appropriate margin”).  Thank you, President Obama, Sen. Majority Leader Reid, Speaker of the House Pelosi, Corporate Blue Dogs, and all other appeasers, for what we can now look forward to – on a never-ending basis.  Thank you for, during a Second Depression, delivering us right into the hands of these vultures.  Thank you for giving us an additional (mandatory) monthly bill – and basing the yearly cost on spending up to 8% of our income – while still proclaiming that no new taxes will be imposed on those making under $250,000.  Thank you for, like the “Healthy Forests Initiative” and the “Patriot Act,” making “Affordable” the first word of the “Health Care for America Act.”  Thank you for all the faux posturing, then purposely taking us “from Single-Payer to a Public Option to a fragmented Option (‘Opt-Out’) to a Trigger” (or even further, to a “Hammer”).  Thank you for, with a new Majority, accomplishing exactly what the republicans under Bush would have rammed through –  had they been on a mission to “reform” health care (you know, just like they “reformed” overtime and the Justice system?).  Thank you for proving to us that, especially in the U.S., corporations rule and control policy – regardless of who holds the greatest number of seats.  But, most of all, thank you – for helping those of us who still had Hope to be able to finally see the True Light.

Update: Not even a “Hammer.”  Not even a buy-in to Medicare if you are 55 – 64.  Since there will mainly, and only, be an Individual Mandate – citizens can be assured that businesses all across the nation will take advantage of this by dropping their coverage as a means to push them toward their new “responsibilities” (while further solidifying bottom lines).

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