Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ding Dong, the Public Option is Dead

I imagine Conservatives are dancing their dance again today and singing, "Ding Dong the Public Option is Dead".

The Senate Finance Committee today defeated two attempts to add the public option to Health Care reform laws being debated. John D. Rockefeller proposed one of the bills that would have added the public option. He said, “If we don’t do this, we’re saying to the health insurance companies, go ahead, make more money".

The committee also debated an amendment by Charles Schumer. It differed from Senator Rockefeller’s version because Rockefeller’s tied reimbursement rates to Medicare. Senator Schumer’s would give insurance companies an even playing field because it would tie reimbursement rates to the insurance market.

Schumer’s measure received more Democratic support. Only three Democrats, Senators Max Baucus, Blanche Lincoln and Kent Conrad, joined the Republicans to defeat it.

Since neither of the public option amendments was passed, there will likely be a mandate which forces people to buy into the health insurance system or pay a heavy fine. This potentially gives health insurance companies 47 million more customers and no public option to provide competition in the market.



Sure there are some reforms proposed that might help keep the insurance companies from screwing the American population as much as they used to. But do you really think these corporations will do what is best for the American people without some competition? These insurance companies answer to their supreme rulers, the investors on Wall Street. They will continue to make decisions based upon reduction of costs and ignore the health needs of their subscribers.

These 15 Senators are Cowards, Whores and/or Morons:
NO: MAX BAUCUS, D-MT
NO: THOMAS CARPER, D-DE
NO: KENT CONRAD, D-ND
NO: BLANCHE L. LINCOLN, D-AR
NO: BILL NELSON, D-FL
NO: CHUCK GRASSLEY, R-IA
NO: ORRIN G. HATCH, R-UT
NO: OLYMPIA J. SNOWE, R-ME
NO: JON KYL, R-AZ
NO: JIM BUNNING, R-KY
NO: MIKE CRAPO, R-ID
NO: PAT ROBERTS, R-KS
NO: JOHN ENSIGN, R-NV
NO: MIKE ENZI, R-WY
NO: JOHN CORNYN, R-TX

These 8 Senators are American Heroes:
YES: JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, D-WV
YES: JEFF BINGAMAN, D-NM
YES: JOHN F. KERRY, D-MA
YES: RON WYDEN, D-OR
YES: CHARLES E. SCHUMER, D-NY
YES: DEBBIE STABENOW, D-MI
YES: MARIA CANTWELL, D-WA
YES: ROBERT MENENDEZ, D-NJ

I think maybe it's time for the voice of the American people to be heard. Will somebody please organize a march on Washington DC so we can tell Congress we want our public option, and we want it now?

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