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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? "

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.

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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  -White House: Obama backs repeal of health insurer antitrust exemption Scurrilous  Feb-23-10 05:08 PM   #0 
  - That would make a big difference.  Qutzupalotl   Feb-23-10 05:11 PM   #1 
  - Probably far more  Oregone   Feb-23-10 05:30 PM   #3 
     - Seriously.  DireStrike   Feb-23-10 08:29 PM   #19 
  - Then WHY isn't this in Obama's Health Care Proposal?  bvar22   Feb-23-10 05:24 PM   #2 
  - It's one of those "publicly" supports issues.  Mithreal   Feb-23-10 06:05 PM   #5 
  - "Baiting the base"  troubledamerican   Feb-23-10 09:28 PM   #24 
     - I think he needs us to push him, not just wants us to make him.  Mithreal   Feb-23-10 11:56 PM   #25 
        - How do we push him--or anyone in D.C.? I've sent so many emails and made so many calls.  No Elephants   Feb-24-10 08:16 AM   #31 
           - There is truth in your statement. I keep pressuring and got some answers.  Mithreal   Feb-24-10 12:25 PM   #38 
  - the small print title should be  Donnachaidh   Feb-23-10 06:54 PM   #13 
  - You mean a public option like getting your medical care from the Post Office?  No Elephants   Feb-24-10 07:53 AM   #29 
  - While supporting a government mandated monopoly. Is this some kind of joke?  Edweird   Feb-23-10 05:31 PM   #4 
  - Hahaha!  Kall   Feb-23-10 06:13 PM   #6 
  - Strongly supports? I guess I will say, we'll see, and leave it that Obama.  Jefferson23   Feb-23-10 06:14 PM   #7 
  - I hope that wasn't too taxing on the brains at the White House. n/t  change_notfinetuning   Feb-23-10 06:19 PM   #8 
  - Then do it right now, no need for a bill, they can just put it into law with 51 votes!!!  Change Happens   Feb-23-10 06:28 PM   #9 
  - One thing in his pocket for Thursday's summit?  Change Happens   Feb-23-10 06:30 PM   #10 
  - I grow bored and tired of this lack of clear commitment to the health care of Americans.  earcandle   Feb-23-10 06:34 PM   #11 
  - Oh Yea ? PROVE IT !  SlingBlade   Feb-23-10 06:35 PM   #12 
  - How?  vaberella   Feb-23-10 08:54 PM   #21 
     - Pres Obama supported the PO? Please give a link. He still isnt pushing for a PO.  rhett o rick   Feb-23-10 09:11 PM   #22 
     - Poor guy. President of the United States and head of the DEMOCRATIC Party, yet  No Elephants   Feb-24-10 08:10 AM   #30 
  - Yes! Do it! And while they are at it...churches need that tax exmp. thing taken away  SoapBox   Feb-23-10 07:07 PM   #14 
  - Oh Ya - that 1 lowered cost alright  FreakinDJ   Feb-23-10 07:11 PM   #15 
  - Does this anti-trust exemption also prevent consumers from suing insurance companies  Cass   Feb-23-10 07:14 PM   #16 
  - That's ERISA premption- and neither Congress nor the administration  depakid   Feb-24-10 07:40 AM   #28 
     - WOW. I did not know that. Thanks.  No Elephants   Feb-24-10 08:27 AM   #32 
     - Thank you for that info, depakid. I was hoping something addressing this would  Cass   Feb-24-10 07:27 PM   #39 
  - That's all fine and dandy - but the government actually has to...  SnoopDog   Feb-23-10 07:22 PM   #17 
  - The NAIC sent this letter to Pelosi and Reid back in January.  Jefferson23   Feb-23-10 07:24 PM   #18 
  - Insurers are in all fifty states already, whether directly or through affiliates.  No Elephants   Feb-24-10 08:34 AM   #33 
     - I read it to mean a threat, and yet just another reason for Obama to trample  Jefferson23   Feb-24-10 09:21 AM   #37 
  - Insurance companies only serve as middle men  The Wizard   Feb-23-10 08:50 PM   #20 
  - Giving, yes. Continuing today, no. When they got the exemption, they were truly not for profit.  No Elephants   Feb-24-10 08:36 AM   #34 
  - If only. But Gibbs word is worthless. Show me. Tell me publically President. nt  rhett o rick   Feb-23-10 09:12 PM   #23 
  - I think he'd be happy to talk that talk in public, just as he was happy to talk  No Elephants   Feb-24-10 08:39 AM   #35 
  - Bullshit. Apparently "strongly supports" doesn't include putting it in your own Health Care Propoal  Political Heretic   Feb-24-10 02:19 AM   #26 
  - Excuse me.  DisgustedInMN   Feb-24-10 07:14 AM   #27 
  - Think I'll wait and see what actually happens before I squawk or clap.  No Elephants   Feb-24-10 08:50 AM   #36 

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