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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-26-12 05:26 PM
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Lindorff: Finally Getting it Right? Here’s Hoping the Supreme Court Tosses Out ‘Obamacare’
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Today, the Supreme Court takes the case of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.


Dave Lindorff cuts to the chase.


March 25, 2012


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The act, pushed through a Democratic Congress by President Obama in 2010, is a disaster, a cobbled-together set of measures that was fatally corrupted by the insurance lobby and other parts of the nation’s medical-industrial complex, which leaves millions uninsured, continues to tether workers to their employers like indentured servants, and undermines the Medicare program, which should be the cornerstone of a real health reform.

By killing this monstrosity of political expedience and lobbyist strong-arming, the Supreme Court’s conservative wing could give us a good chance to finally move the country to a real national health reform which would reduce costs substantially, provide quality health care to all, and finally drive a stake through the heart of the health insurance industry, the real “vampire squid” of American capitalism which has been sucking money out of American’s wallets and driving many into bankruptcy for decades (family health crises are the major single cause of bankruptcies and homes foreclosures in the country).

How can it be a good thing to kill a program that at least eliminates things like the denial of insurance coverage because of “pre-existing conditions,” or the throwing people off of coverage when they get seriously sick?

Because these reforms have come at the cost of keeping the insurance industry central to the whole health financing process, when all it is in reality is a blood-sucking middleman that makes its money by figuring out ways to deny care to those it is supposedly “covering.”

By killing the whole “Obamacare” law, the court will throw the system back into crisis mode, forcing the public and the political system to finally consider the only real answer: expansion of the Medicare program to cover everyone.

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On August 6, 2009, Lindorff wrote out a wonderful analysis of a single payer Medicare For All system.

In a nutshell, he calculated:


$484 billion to administer present-day Medicare (for 45 million old/disabled over age 65)

PLUS

$160 billion to cover everyone else (255 million under age 65)
_______________________________

===$644 billion to cover everyone



The entire, easy to understand analysis he wrote at that time is a must-read.


We were waiting at that time, in August of 2009, for the CBO's cost-benefit analysis of a single payer system. Reports via Kos on October 21, 2009 stated the CBO analysis was happening. Guess what, it somehow never saw the light of day, depriving people from rational public discussion of its tremendous merit.

Well, as we've seen, Big Pharma and Big Health Insurance quashed THAT discussion.



This was the outcome we got instead:

Blue Dogs Win Huge Victory For The Health Insurance Industry. October 29, 2009


No public option.



The forced mandate has also been the sore point for a lot of people.

Not to mention that much of this law was hammered out in secret, against the will of the people, and cutting out any input from single payer advocates.



Now, it is two and a half years later. Many of the provisions of the ACA still will not become effective until 2014. Millions are still uninsured. Costs continue to rise. Big Insurance still controls the process.



Medicare For All.


Only Big Money, Big Pharma and Big Health Insurance and their allies in Washington, D. C. stand in our way.





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