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First it's teabagging, now the right is reduced to this
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nakedtao

Posted: Aug 8, 2009

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Instead of honest and healthy debate over health care reform, the right has resorted to being disruptive and sometimes violent.

Check out this video:



Look, I'm strongly for a public health care option. It would do a couple of things: it would force the private insurance companies to drop their premiums as they'll now be forced to compete, and it will help insure those who don't have health coverage and otherwise can't get it.

If the right wants to have an honest debate on the issue, fine. But no more of this obstructionism.
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nakedtao

Posted: Sep 30, 2009

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I agree that ideally Congress should have proposed a single-payer system. However, I understand the reasoning behind the insurance exchange with the public insurance option - it's a middle-ground proposal.

The reason that Congress would never go for a single-payer system is the same reason that the public option is in danger now: the right is crying "socialized medicine." The sad truth is that nearly every Republican and a handful of key Democrats (Baucus and Conrad) are wholly owned by the insurance companies and, thus, resist changing the system.
Hooray to the Congressman from Florida who had the guts to tell it like it is. Wish we had 500 more of him!
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nakedtao

Posted: Oct 2, 2009

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I saw that video. Beautiful:

The Republican Health Care Plan
1. Don't Get Sick
2. If You Do Get Sick
3. Die Quickly

Sounds about right to me.

aznative

Posted: Aug 27, 2011

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Socialism is a dirty word in the USA to say the least. It is here. It is called the fire dept, police dept, library. We are ok with tax supported entities like thease. I am with the VA medical system a single payer. I get good care for now. Nothing catostraphic(sic) for now. Mandating that everyone have insurance was the indusrie's idea. Not dropping ppl because of preexisting conditions is a good thing but fought hard by the industy. Competition is needed. No one goes bankrupt in countries wit socialized medicine and no doctors live in poverty. Care is wonderful in most cases here. Just the financing needs help.

barefreedom

Posted: Aug 27, 2011

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I don't agree that the care is so wonderful. Our medical system spends lots of money on stopping symptoms rather than controlling cause. Paying for exercise, nutrition counseling and alternative maintenance such as massage would reduce illness in this country. Also prohibiting many harmful additives in our food would help greatly. But health care is about business more than health. The current practices fuel multi-billion dollar industries.

Gaijin

Posted: Aug 27, 2011

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The only reason why people use the Socialism as a talking point is because they want to tie this president to any and everything negative that they possibly can. 99% of the time, the people who complain about socialism couldn't accurately tell you what socialism really is. Everybody regardless of political affiliation has had to deal with insurance companies not providing adequate coverage, and even more people know what it's like not being able to get proper care. Even Glenn Beck complained about about health care in America before he worked for Faux news.

When people mention socialism, they want to invoke the fear of a modern day USSR with people standing in bread lines with all of their money going directly to evil Kenyan Barack Hussein (must be related to Sadam because of the name) Obama.

The same people who have such a big problem with government only have a problem when there are democrats in government, more specifically Obama. How many of them had a problem with Mitt Romney's plan before Obama? Absolutely none of them. It is only an issue now because the GOP is running on a campaign of hating Obama and everything that he has accomplished and they would rather cut off their nose to spite their face and say that something successful is wrong rather than admitting that Obama is doing something right even if it was modeled after a Republican plan.
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nakedtao

Posted: Aug 28, 2011

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There is definitely an element of racism in the Teabagger movement. Think about it: we only started using the terms "Teabagger" and "Tea Party" shortly after the first African-American President was sworn in. Also, keep in mind that it was Fox News, the perpetual cheerleaders of the Bush Presidency, who promoted the hell out of the Tea Party in April 2009. Given that, you cannot tell me that they do straight news.

And to further suggest that Obama is somehow a "socialist" suggests that the people in the Teabagger movement really haven't been paying attention to Obama's record so far. If anything, Obama has governed as a centrist, much to the chagrin of many progressives who voted for him in '08. He goes - and continues to go - out of his way to get deals done with an assembled group of children (Congressional Republicans) whose stated goal is to "make Obama a one-term President." It's this desire to compromise that gave us a health care reform bill that lacks a public option, yet the right deride as "socialism," despite the fact that there's absolutely nothing socialist about it.

SFnaked1

Posted: Jun 5, 2012

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Walker the recalled union busting governor of Wisconsin was just named winner in the race. 30 million dollars of corporate out-of-state money bought the governorship.
Today all the Senate Republicans filibustered against equal pay for women.
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