Healthcare

Golden Age for Wall Street, Gilded Age for insurers, good old days for lobbyists, Grapes of Wrath for workers

As Wall Street bonuses soar to the heavens and economic pain spreads for Americans under a president who promised transforming change, I recently told someone close to the president: If the president and his aides set up a poker game, please invite me. I will take their money, their shirts, their pants, their right arm, left leg and family dog, because these guys can't play hardball against forces of power and greed.

Now this morning, in their latest fawning capitulation to win one Republican to pretend the healthcare bill is bipartisan, which the White House polls and focus tell them is good politics, two senior White House aides tell The New York Times the president wants to sell out the public option he says he supports in favor of a "trigger" supported by that one Republican.

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Olympia Snowe is boss, Joe Lieberman plunges the dagger, Obama claims victory through retreat, the great liberal revolt begins

Who is the boss of the Democratic White House? Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine). Who is the boss of the Democratic Senate? Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who one year ago was slandering the Democratic nominee for president while supporting the Republican nominee, chooses this key moment to tell us he opposes even the weak Finance Committee healthcare bill.

The star of this Fellini-esque film we call government controlled by Democrats is the president, who has betrayed his own rhetoric for the public option to try to kill it, surrender it, trade it away, leave it behind, talk it down and throw it out 10 different ways.

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Young people, beware! Your enormous ObamaCare tax is being imposed

The latest from insurance companies, that the Obama healthcare plan will eventually drive up current insurers’ policies to thousands of dollars, is an obvious truth. Young people will not buy medical insurance unless it becomes absolutely necessary or they are forced to do so.

The cost for health insurance premiums for young people will be close to the cost of premiums for the unhealthy older generation. Young people are beginning to face the realization that they are being forced to subsidize healthcare cost for this older generation. Many of our younger generation, frankly speaking, just don't have the financial portfolio to subsidize the older generation’s healthcare. They will choose to drop out of the system, pay whatever fine is incurred and will only seek healthcare insurance if a catastrophic situation arises.

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Insurance industry Brutus stabs Democratic Caesar Baucus in the back

After the Senate Finance Committee wrote a healthcare bill that would create windfall profits for insurers, the insurers plunged the knife into the back of the committee with a bogus report to frighten consumers on the eve of committee action. Windfall profits aren't enough for the Gilded Age lobbyists of greed. They want more! They want it all!

The president should step into the Rose Garden and denounce the tissue of lies put out by the industry and demand, and I mean demand, the inclusion of a public option in the healthcare bill.

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Dems' bird in hand

Wow — a bill that is actually deficit-neutral. Some indication that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will move to the center on a public option. Encouraging statements from Republicans, albeit far from Capitol Hill, about the need to pass healthcare reform. And new poll numbers showing a sharp drop in opposition to reform.

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The loyal opposition

Republicans don’t have any power in Washington. The Democrats have a sizable majority in the House. They have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. They control the executive branch. They have a news media that is largely compliant.

Republicans have nothing, with the possible exception of a slim majority on the Supreme Court (although the Supremes keep to the law, mostly, and stay out of politics).

So why do Democrats continue to blame Republicans for the fact that they can’t get their agenda through?

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Tax the sick: Obama’s new plan

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

Faced with a need to scrounge for revenue to fund his plan for healthcare, President Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) have come up with a brilliant new idea: Tax the sick!

In a new amendment to the healthcare bill, they propose to limit the deductibility of medical expenses on income taxes.

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Jesus would support the public option

As the president appears to be pushing harder for the public option and Senate Democratic leaders appear to be joining him, here is one vitally important argument on their behalf: Isn't it fair to suggest that Jesus would support the public option?

Jesus spoke about the need to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, heal the ill, cure the sick and put the needs of the poor ahead of the hunger for money and wealth. Sure sounds more like the public option than premium-gouging and $10 million salaries for insurance-company CEOs. Right?

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The damage Olympia Snowe does to healthcare in America

Every voter and reporter in Maine should ask Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) why she opposes the public option while she states she may not support the current bill because it may not make insurance affordable for Americans. Of course it doesn't, because it doesn't include the public option, courtesy of Sen. Snowe.

Every voter in Maine should ask Sen. Snowe how many subsidies the taxpayers should finance to pay higher premiums that will be forced because of Sen. Snowe's opposition to the public option.

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Grayson beats Republicans at their own game

Good for Freshman Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida. He’s the only Democrat to fight back against Republican lies on healthcare — and give them a taste of their own medicine

They say “socialized medicine.” He says, “Don’t get sick!” They say “death panels.” He says, “Die quickly!”

Expressing shock, shock, shock at such straight talk, Republicans insist that Grayson’s just as guilty of inappropriate conduct as crazy Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.). Puh-leeze! There’s a big difference between calling the president “a liar” on the floor of the House — and simply telling the truth.

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