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The Public Option No One Can Opt Into

So I watched the President’s big speech last night and some of the reactions that followed. The President complimented the Republicans and even took many of their ideas and put them in his plan. He scaled back the Public Option so that it is only an option for those who can’t afford to pay for health insurance from the health insurance companies. The President estimates that to be less than 5%. He also took the Republicans “suggestion” that health insurance be mandatory so that every American will need to buy health insurance from the large health insurance monopoly.

While the President claimed this is similar to car insurance, it is not. People who don’t want to drive a car don’t have to pay car insurance. Many Americans opt out of the car insurance racket by taking the public option of public transportation. Some Americans even opt out of car insurance by taking some form of private transportation like trains, planes, taxis, etc.

In any case, the Republicans got a lot of the things they wanted. So how did they thank the President for rolling over and lining the pockets of the big insurance companies? You guessed it. Congressman Wilson from South Carolina heckled him during his speech by yelling, “You liar!” This wasn’t some townhall event nor was the distinguished gentleman from South Carolina some country bumpkin fooled by watching hours of FoxNews and Glen Beck… oh wait, never mind. In any case, I doubt very much that Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and what ever other ass-clown the Republicans put on TV or Radio are going to think Obama did them this great favor. I bet the farm that they will attack this speech and the President even though he caved in on almost every demand they made.

So what did the progressive movement get from the President? We are after all the reason he is in office. Let’s not forget that Obama was able to fool a lot of progressives into thinking he was the next Robert Kennedy. Obama even fooled Robert’s little brother Teddy into thinking that Obama was a progressive and was really going to reform healthcare. This is what Obama said to the progressive movement, “There are those on the left who believe that the only way to fix the system is through a single-payer system like Canada’s, where we would severely restrict the private insurance market and have the government provide coverage for everybody.” He continues, “Since health care represents one-sixth of our economy, I believe it makes more sense to build on what works and fix what doesn’t, rather than try to build an entirely new system from scratch.”

In other words, the President didn’t even address the idea of expanding Medicare for every American either gradually or all at once. This wouldn’t be an entirely new system from scratch, but would be taking the Medicare system which millions of Americans over the age of 65 enjoy and expanding it to cover everyone. Instead, he just said that the health care industry is too big to fail, so let’s make it even bigger by making health insurance mandatory and not providing a valid public option to compete with it and help to drive costs down and improve service.

No competition! That is what Obama basically said in his speech. The thing is that he started off by saying, “I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last.” Really? I don’t believe that is true. We will have to continue this fight with a stronger leader in the future. Personally, I am tired of these retarded “Blue Dog Democrats” who have sold America out to the big health insurance monopoly. I think it is time that the “Steel Balls Democrats” to start kicking some ass.

Now keep in mind that this plan will go into effect (if passed) in 2012. Just in time for a Presidential election! What a coincidence. Do you think President Obama realized that? OF COURSE!!!

Now on to the Republican rebuttal. Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany decided to write his rebuttal before reading the President’s speech apparently. He couldn’t even read the teleprompter well. Don’t get me wrong, he probably did better than I would, but I am not giving the rebuttal to the President of the United States on national… no global television and internet.

Boustany kept calling for a bipartisan plan, but had he actually read the President’s speech or listened to it before he offered his rebuttal, he would have seen that the President did offer a bipartisan plan… sort of. He offered a Republican plan with a few Democratic concessions thrown in. Then this ass-clown says that he wanted Obama to tell Pelosi and Reid (two moderate Democrats) to fuck off. Really? Caving in and giving the Republicans almost everything they want wasn’t enough, he actually wanted the President to bitch-slap his fellow Democrats… oh wait, Obama did pretty much bitch-slap his fellow Democrats. Boustany also repeated the lie that the President’s plan would add billions to the debt. Obama made it clear that he would not sign any plan that would increase the debt more than a dime.

It should be noted that the Republicans picked Boustany because he is also a Doctor. However, the Republicans must have had the John McCain vetting team, because this guy is crazy! Not only does he think Obama isn’t a US Citizen, but he also was sued three times for malpractice as a physician.

As for the President, he said it himself, “Now is the season for action,” “Now’s the time to deliver on health care.” So Mr. President, are you going to take action and deliver on real health care or are you going to be a big pussy and the bitch of the health insurance monopoly?

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  • http://www.myspace.com/itsahicke Her3tiK

    Like hell I’m getting insurance from these companies. To hell with everyone who screwed this plan over and destroyed any chance of reform for the foreseeable future.

  • http://thefrankfactor.com TheFrankFactor

    Great piece man.

  • http://myspace.com/scott888 Scott

    “He also took the Republicans “suggestion” that health insurance be mandatory so that every American will need to buy health insurance from the large health insurance monopoly.”

    Health insurance as mandatory? So right now I am unemployed and have run out of unemployment. So I can’t pay for insurance. I just spent my last dollar today on some stupid debt from car repairs over a year ago. If K-Mart doesn’t rehire me or any of the other employers I talked to, I will have to declare bankruptcy.

    In my situation, I don’t comprehend how I will pay for health insurance. I haven’t had health insurance since 2006. I haven’t gotten sick since 2006 and am very damn careful. Hell I haven’t even seen a dentist since 2006 but yet have fairly healthy teeth and have never had a cavity (thankfully, strong teeth are in my gene pool).

    So what is the deal with this mandatory insurance. Hell, if that happens, it’ll be another bill to pay that will prevent me from living on my own again. So next election we need to vote neither republican nor democrat. If we get enough people to vote for a 3rd party candidate, it’ll break the foundation of the political system have now.

  • naomi chambers

    I was talking with my finance, who is sitting right next to me, and he is in agreement that no one should be forced to purchase healthcare. He even agreed with your analogy that it is not like car insurance. Some people chose not to drive a car.

    But, I was also thinking about something else Obama said. He said that young people do not get health insurance, they do not pay into it, and when they have to go to the emergency room everyone else has to pay for it. So, my question is this – when we have young people who think that they have Superman tattooed on their chest – who pays for their healthcare when they roll their Hummer, or binge drink? The kids should have to pay something…..

    btw… this is naomi from facebook

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Medicare4All would solve that problem. They don’t seem to have that issue in Communist England, lol.

    • http://dogmaticatheist.wordpress.com A-Dizzle

      I don’t know where this idea came from. My brother went to the emergency room many times and we had to pay for it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/DD_NU4EVER Diana

    Oh, the idea of a president from the Independent party makes me smile.

    I’m so sad about Obama. He really had me going. The horrible thing is that my ubber conservative, rep. Christian soon to be mother in law told me I would regret voting for him. I don’t know if I do…was the other option any better? I don’t know anymore…

    I hear America’s on it’s way to becoming a 3rd world country…I can see that. We are too dependent on oil, China’s money and invisible friends…doesn’t sound like a good foundation to me.

    Not to mention we are all slaves to corporate America. Our politicians are bought and paid for by big money-little morals corporations, and these are the people we depend on to make policies in our best interest. What we end up with are cars that need expensive fuel, a huge dept to help rich men line their pockets while they fire us, and a mandatory corruption bill. These insurance companies are not in the business of keeping you healthy. They’re in the business of keeping your money!

    But, I’m torn. When I get married, I’ll finally have health insurance through James’ work…I don’t want to give the insurance companies any money, but I haven’t seen a doctor or dentist since I was eight, and even then, only once or twice. I need health care, but I hate insurance companies. They kill more than they health.

    We have a bleak future and places like New Zealand, Canada, and other more progressive countries are looking better and better. If we are going to survive we need to drop religion in favor for logic and equality and drop corporate greed in favor for the greater good.

    But, that’s just how I see it…

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      I don’t regret voting for Obama in the general election. Things would be much much worse if the Republicans controlled the Presidency again. But I sure am glad I didn’t vote for Obama in the Primary. That is where we need to focus our energy. We need to find a strong primary candidate. My top choices are Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich, and Anthony Weiner.

    • http://myspace.com/scott888 Scott

      I didn’t vote and if I did vote, I probably would have voted McCain since at that time I supported him. While I don’t believe in the Illuminati, what we just saw happen tonight seems to support that the government works for businesses and for the church so they can brainwash people.

      Atheism is on the rise in every state and by the time we get old, religion will likely be dead. But in the meantime, we have plenty of bullshit to deal with.

      Obama has failed us here and though he will probably be better than what we had with the republican party, we still have long a way to go.

      With our economy crashing due to big businesses being selfish idiots, the people are going to be more and more willing to vote for a socialist with each election. Obama turns out to be a moderate but next election, we will be far more aggressive voters. Since Obama is in office the next few years, we will have to do what we can to leverage who we have for governor and congress in the mean time.

  • Mr. X

    Fuck it, let’s elect Anthony Weiner in 2012. Granted, we’re still only a few months into Obama’s administration; to me, it feels like we’re reaching the first critical juncture – the original hype and enthusiasm of getting him in, the Bush’s out, and striking a blog against American racism, has passed. That was all good, but it doesn’t drive my enthusiasm anymore.

    Now, he needs to grow a spine, and show us that finally having a Democrat in office is going to get us some tangible improvements, one way or another.

    He’s still got the rest of this term to do that, but for the time being – if everything you’ve said here is accurate, then, I’m disappointed. The only short-term hope is that maybe more people will qualify for the “public option”, and it actually WILL have some impact on the insurance premiums. But we won’t know in time to judge Obama on this, and that pisses me off too.

  • http://dogmaticatheist.wordpress.com A-Dizzle

    Is this a free thought blog or a political blog?

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      BOTH, check the “About” page.

  • Carrie

    I haven’t watched the speech yet so I can not really give my opinion on it but if this sums it up I think it sucks & I’m disappointed in Obama. Mandatory health insurance? Do they not realize that if it were affordable MOST people would love to have it? & for the ones that don’t want it even if they can afford it, let them pay as they go. It’s not only the insurance companies that fuck us though, it’s the pharmaceutical companies & the health care providers too. They are all in on it together.

  • http://myspace.com/scott888 Scott

    Obama had a speech today and he talked about the public health option once again without ever mentioning mandatory insurance. Where does he stand? It seems his stance has changed since his speech to congress.

  • Bert Russell

    I’m fine with moderation as long as the rules and regulations that are to be used are reasonable.

  • BethAnnErickson

    Moderation is a delicate process. You need to be fair, allow free expression, and keep a lid on potential problems. It’s possible to have a great, moderated discussion. Moderation is far preferable to dog piling, name calling, and other activities I’ve observed on some “skeptical” blogs. Those blogs are an embarrassment and a marketing nightmare. It’s quite difficult to promote skepticism with that kind of malarkey going on. (I’ll dismount my high horse now.) :)