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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-24-10 07:53 AM
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29. You mean a public option like getting your medical care from the Post Office?
"Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- UPS and FedEx are doing just fine. Its the Post Office thats always having problems. -- Barack Obama, Aug. 11, 2009

No institution has been the butt of more government- inefficiency jokes than the U.S. Postal Service. Maybe the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The only way the post office can stay in business is its government subsidy. The USPS lost $2.4 billion in the quarter ended in June and projects a net loss of $7 billion in fiscal 2009, outstanding debt of more than $10 billion and a cash shortfall of $1 billion. It was moved to intensive care -- the Government Accountability Offices list of high risk cases - - last month and told to shape up. (It must be the only entity that hasnt cashed in on TARP!)

That didnt stop President Barack Obama from holding up the post office as an example at a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, last week.

When Obama compared the post office to UPS and FedEx, he was clearly hoping to assuage voter concerns about a public health-care option undercutting and eliminating private insurance.

What he did instead was conjure up visions of long lines and interminable waits. Why do we need or want a health-care system that works like the post office? "

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=aJ0...



When discussing single payer health care, Medicare would certainly have been the logical thing to mention. Not only is it actually a single payer health care system, but it has public approval as way to go for health care reform.

http://74.125.93.132/search?q=cache:http://abcnews.go.c...

But, as the Tea Baggers were forming their movement, the image of single payer the POTUS chose to raise in the minds of the American public was not Medicare, but the Post Office.
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