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 Post subject: DEM BEN NELSON PLANS TO OPPOSE PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2009 12:07 pm 
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DEMOCRATIC SENATOR FROM NEBRASKA OPPOSES PUBLIC HEALTH PLAN BECAUSE HE SAYS IT WILL "HURT" THE PRIVATE SECTOR! GUESS BEN NELSON DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HOW MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE 'HURTING' BECAUSE THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS TOO DAMNED EXPENSIVE FOR THEM TO MAINTAIN COVERAGE! :evil: :evil: :evil:


Ben Nelson Plans To Oppose Public Health Plan

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Friday that he will oppose legislation that would give people the option of a public health insurance plan. The move puts him on the opposite side of two-thirds of Americans.

A poll released this week by Consumer Reports National Research Center showed that 66 percent of Americans back the creation of a public health plan that would compete with private plans. Nelson, in comments made to CQ, joins the 16 percent of poll respondents who said they oppose the plan.

Nelson's problem, he told CQ, is that the public plan would be too attractive and would hurt the private insurance plans. "At the end of the day, the public plan wins the game," Nelson said. Including a public option in a health plan, he said, was a "deal breaker."


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 12:51 pm 
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Lamar Alexander.....yuck!

Alexander on public health care plan: ‘It’s like putting an elephant in the room with some mice.

As part of President Obama’s push to reform health care, he has made it clear that he supports creating a public plan that would compete with private health insurance plans. In response, the health insurance lobby group AHIP has insisted that such competition would be “potentially lethal” to their industry. Republican Conference Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is now making their arguments for them, likening the competition between private and public health insurance to mice trying to compete with an elephant:

“It’s a big problem,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) said. “It’s like putting an elephant in the room with some mice and saying, ‘Okay fellas, compete.’ There wouldn’t be any mice left after a while.”

Alexander’s nonsensical analogy aside, Igor Volsky recently explained the actual impact of having a competing public plan, writing, “In an environment where private plans are forced to compete with a new efficient public program, inefficient, over-bloated insurers will go out of business, but private plans with good networks of providers or better services will continue attracting new enrollees

Precisely...the bloated insurance companies know they can't compete AND still make huge profits!

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 1:01 pm 
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Watch Cantor as he speaks typical REPUBLICANESE about health care....

Cantor Tries, Fails To Offer GOP Health Care Plan On Morning Joe

Many Media Monitors recommended this clip from this Morning's edition of Morning Joe. Eric Cantor, asked by Carlos Watson if it might be a good idea for the GOP to partner with the White House on a "big initiative," like health care. Cantor allowed that while it's important for everyone to recognize that any individual without access to health care is facing "a crisis," he "drew the line" at any sort of government "takeover" of the health care system. So, what did he favor? Mike Barnicle attempted to suss this out with a very well formulated question.

MIKE BARNICLE: You just raised the issue of health care. We live in the only civilized nation in the world, where if ... your child gets sick with a really terrible illness, you might find yourself in bankruptcy court in order to pay the bills. So, without the pretty language, without the big words, can you tell me: what's your health plan, what's it going to cost, how are you going to get it done, how can you work with the Democrats in concocting ... in coming up with a health plan that works for everyone?

CANTOR: First of all, let me just go in here and address the assumption here in the discussion. We also have a health care system that, in reality, if you are sick anywhere in this world and you can afford it, you can come here for your care because we do have access to the best care, but you're right, there are too many people who don't have access to that care, so what we need to do is to be able to address -- number one -- the coverage and access to insurance, and number two, to be able to demonstrate that we can bring down cost. Now this notion that we are somehow going to allow the government to take over providing the care because that's going to address the cost factor, is just a false start. You can't assume that this place in Washington is going to do things efficiently. What we do know is that we need to promote the ability for people to -- number one -- if they lose their job, they don't necessarily lose their health care -- number two -- if they are sick and they have a pre-existing condition, we must allow for them to access affordable coverage, because that's a huge issue right now, how people can access coverage when they are sick, and that has to do with expanding the risk pools, giving people the ability to access much more affordable coverage. Right now, we are so tied to a third-party payer system that, you know, people are at a whim cut off from access to care. so we've got to go back to centering our focus on patient/doctor relationships.


[size=200]It may seem a little strange that Cantor begins this harangue by advertising America as a place where the world's wealthy come to get their health care, but it's telling. Cantor believes in giving people "the ability to access much more affordable coverage," which is a different idea altogether from making that world-class health care he brags about at the outset affordable. Also, if you lose your job, Cantor believes you might not NECESSARILY deserve to lose your health care! His princely generosity is boundless!


Anyway, beyond these admissions, Cantor really doesn't have the plain-language proposal Barnicle wants to hear, and he doesn't even come close to addressing the issue he raises -- why a parent with a sick child should have to go into debt or end up in bankruptcy to care for him or her. Cantor merely believes that SOMEONE should address "access to insurance" and it would be okay if SOMEONE brought down cost, but the idea that this "someone" should be the government is a "false start" because "you can't assume that this place in Washington is going to do things efficiently." The good news? I think Cantor does a fine job exemplifying that last point.
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 Post subject: Re: DEM BEN NELSON PLANS TO OPPOSE PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 5:40 am 
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Kennedy affirms support for public healthcare plan
By Jeffrey Young
Posted: 05/21/09 02:46 PM [ET]

Liberals pushing for the creation of a federally run health insurance plan won a major victory Thursday when Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) strongly indicated his commitment to the policy, one of the most controversial elements of healthcare reform.

Kennedy has co-sponsored a resolution introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and 26 other Democratic senators that declares the healthcare reform legislation the Senate will consider this summer must include a public plan option people can choose instead of private insurance. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also co-sponsored the resolution.


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