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PHIMG Donating Member (814 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 05:55 PM
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Elizabeth Kucinich explains opposition to Single Payer Healthcare
 
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"HR-676 is really the policy that will stop this nonsense debate that goes on in Congress all the time. Its just disgusting what goes on in the presidential campaign....with all the other candidates. They try to spin that they are for universal healthcare. But what they are really for is for the for-profit system to remain in control. So you can continue to pay premiums co-payments and deductibles, with the option of the for insurance companies not to cover you, and if you can't afford the premiums co-payments and deductibles, it's ok the government will subsidize you. Well whop-tee-do. Then you get more of your tax dollars going into the the for profit system, it doesn't put caps on that, it doesn't keep the expenses down, it raises it up, and again we start to bankrupt goverment. These are policies for people who don't want to see government working for people. I wan't to see a government that represents people."
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 06:00 PM
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1. Health insurance companies don't exist to provide insurance for health care.
They exist to make a profit.
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 01:15 PM
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46. exactly. health care is sacred work.
insurance should be nowhere near it. guaranteed equal care for all. i'll go one step further: no one should be able to buy better health care than anyone else--all comers enter the same system through the same door and are prioritized based on medical or psychological need, period. i oppose anything else on principle.
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lsewpershad Donating Member (964 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 04:39 PM
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54. Beautiful and smart!!!!!!
This should be sent to Obama, Michelle, Biden, and all who have some influence in this regard. Send also to Max Baucus with the message "PRICK".
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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 06:13 PM
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2. knr nt
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proud progressive Donating Member (358 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 06:21 PM
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3. sounds good, but what will the cost be when EVERYBODY THEN goes to the doctor for EVERYTHING?
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 06:47 PM
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6. We are already paying for that. We just aren't GETTING it.
Want to know what happened in Canada when Saskatchewan's single payer went national? Doctors saw their incomes increase by 1/3, even though health care spending remained about the same. Then the backlog of unmet needs got caught up and incomes leveled out.
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Dragonfli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 07:34 PM
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10. God forbid someone sick gets to see a doctor. No profit =more care @ same cost.
Why would you want only some mythical "elite" to have access to care?
Do you wish to punish the "unclean masses" for some reason?

Some people just suck.
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ljm2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 08:04 PM
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12. Yes, you bet...
...all those people who will be going for recreational medical care, it's a real risk!!!

:sarcasm:

Look. Of course there will be some people who abuse the system. There are some people who abuse any system. But trust me, the vast majority of people will not be going to doctors just for fun. Because, in general, going to the doctor isn't all that fun.

The costs for the small percentage who will be going when they don't need to, will easily be offset by the large numbers of people who won't wait until they need emergency room treatment before they go to the doctor to get the care they need.
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earcandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:26 AM
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23. Well said! I totally agree with you.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:43 AM
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26. Look, that is just a right wing talking point.
They keep repeating that everyone will go to the doctor for anything and abuse the system. I've heard this shit for years. If someone repeats this you know who they have been listening to.
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dccrossman Donating Member (530 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:33 PM
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40. Need a way to Rec this reply
Kudos
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 08:30 PM
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13. I'll admit
that's a concern of mine, especially when it comes to mental health coverage. I'm all for seriously needy people being helped with their psychological problems, but will they have to wait in line behind a bunch of people who just need to go out and make a few friends, for cripes sake?

I'm also a bit worried about the hypochondriacs, when I go to my doctor, she takes me seriously, but will she have to enact procedures that are trying to weed me out along with the people who come in with every little thing, real and imagined?
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droidamus2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:00 PM
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34. Missing the point
You don't think hypochondriacs go to doctors now. That is the whole point the single payer would not really change the doctor patient connection it just means that all those people that use the high cost emergency rooms as their primary health care facility will be able to see doctors instead. I would suspect and hope that the emergency rooms would be much less crowded and maybe some of those physicians would change specialties to cover the added patient load. As a possible side benefit I would like to see the new single payer system, if it was implemented, move to emphasize preventative care rather than treatment of sickness. You will always have both as no matter what people will get sick but if we emphasized that part of a doctors responsibility is to keep you from getting sick rather than just treating you when you do it would be better for everybody. I heard once, don't know if was or is still true, that in China doctors are paid as long as their patient is not sick. If the patient gets sick the doctor doesn't get paid until they are well. I like the idea. Obviously there would have to be some adjustment for things that are beyond a doctors ability to prevent but still it gives the doctors a real incentive to keep people healthy rather than treat disease.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:26 PM
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68. You make some good points
and I realize that hypochondriacs overutilize the present system. But my doctor's pretty darn smart, she knows I'm not one of them, and if I come to her complaining about something, she knows that she needs to take a closer look. She is not forced into going through some sort of mandated checklist that is designed to keep me from getting care, lest I be an overutilizer. I guess my experiences with Kaiser Permanente and Group Health Cooperative have shaped my fears on this.
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droidamus2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:40 PM
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73. Funny
When I was in California I had Kaiser through my employer and I thought it was pretty good. My only complaint was that when the doctor finally came in the examining room to talk to you it was like they already had foot back out the door. They didn't really seem interested in discussing your problem just a quick exam, usually a script and bye bye.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 10:02 PM
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76. I felt the same thing
Fortunately, I was with them only as a relatively healthy teenager. I had mono during that time, and I felt that they did little more than diagnose the three stages: Initially: "You've got mononucleosis." Two weeks later: "The mono has caused liver enlargement." Four weeks later: "You're healed, you can go back to school."
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peace frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:29 PM
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39. Medical providers
know how to handle the malingerers you speak of. Whether it's dealing with folks who are lonely and looking for a friend, or treating *true* hypochondriacs (as opposed to those who are truly ill that no one has been able to correctly diagnose), health care professionals have options for handling them. Nor does it *take away* anything from treating the truly ill.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:27 PM
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69. See my response above
I worry about having to jump through a bunch of hoops designed to treat us all like overutilizers.
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 03:41 PM
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51. i am sure that doctors can tell who the hypochondriacs are. although right now it is tough
because (take my doctor for example) they see like a hundred patients a day and you are lucky to get five minutes of their time if you need to go to them. I try NOT to go. but for the necessary updates, and then there is that mental health meds check up that a previous poster seemed to think is just because i want to go make friends or something. grr that makes me mad!! I have gone through a lot to try to keep getting my depression taken care of so i don't end up in the hospital again because i've been dealing with this crap my whole life and it's tough when there were times i had no health insurance and now the mental health clinic wants me to pay $50 bucks a visit!! so i guess there goes that lifeline i had. I damn well don't ever want to go back to that dark place that almost claimed my life, and it's not just in my head or me trying to get attention. i'm sure that you don't mean that, but it's been very hard just to get taken seriously and try to get help for myself that i don't want to see anyone have to fight to try to get out of a very bad dark place they may find themselves in because no one takes them seriously.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:31 PM
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70. Uh, that was me, commenting on the friends
I once described a psychologist/therapist as "a rented friend" to one of my buddies who was in the field, he agreed with that characterization.

Many years ago, before we all shut ourselves away in closed-up air conditioned homes, where we interact with TVs and computers, we actually got out and got to know people. Some folks don't have that anymore, and it might make them a bit neurotic, at least more than they'd otherwise be if they had a supportive community of friends and family to interact with.

I don't want those folks clogging up the waiting rooms for you, there to deal with legitimate issues of brain chemistry that is interferring with your having a normal life.
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 05:00 PM
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57. I think it cuts both ways.
I'm probably one of those hypochondriacs you are worried about. I spent 20 years going to doctors about headaches, numbness, tingling, little things. The doctors said it was all in my head or writer's cramp. When I couldn't walk I ended up in the emergency room and they did an MRI. Guess what, my brain looked like swiss cheese. I finally got a diagnosis, Multiple Sclerosis. Believe it or not that was the best day in my life, there was really something wrong, and the doctors were right, it was all in my head. Perhaps if the doctors are sure they are going to get payed they will be able to give more complete diagnosis and cut down on repeat trips.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 05:53 PM
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65. Please educate us about countries with universal health care who are having these problems.
That way, we can know the reality of what we face.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:34 PM
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71. I said, it was a concern of mine
I don't have statistical evidence that people are being run through the ringer trying to get some legitimate help, but being considered as overutilizers.

Like I said, I have only some thirty year old experiences with some of the early HMO's in the Northwest. I seem to remember them having to be worked hard to get what you need. My folks are still with Kaiser, and my mom tells me often of how she has to use a few tricks to get treatment for her and Dad, even though they've been paying into Kaiser for over forty years.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 07:13 PM
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74. Basing policy on "hunches", when people's lives hang in the balance?
Time for some soul-searching.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 09:56 PM
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75. This might come as a surprise to you
but I'm nowhere near the folks that are writing this policy. However, there are Democratic congresspersons who have strong right-wing constitutencies that are using this as a reason to try hard to persuade the said congresspersons to vote against single payer universal care.

I'm still 100% in favor of it, I just have concerns about how it's going to work in the real world. There are really only two possibilities here: 1) We don't get it done this year, or 2) It comes out in a form that is bound to have aspects that disappoint everyone here.

Possibility number 2 is infinitely preferable to possibility number 1 in my mind. But I have no illusions that it will be rather unlike the solution that I would devise on my own, and I feel confident that 98% of us are going to feel that way, as well.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:18 PM
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67. Well I guess you can either sweat over those small minorities, or have a little
compassion for the millions who suffer and die needlessly because they can't afford health care. Since money is your main concern I suggest that you read up on the cost/ quality of health care in other Nations vs. the US. I think you'll be very surprised.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:37 PM
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72. It's not a "main" concern
I just think that it's possible that single payer universal health care as it is finally administered in America is not necessarily going to be a carbon copy of what other nations have been able to do. We have unique problems, situations, and solutions, all with their own special histories.

Or am I supposed to suppress my concern until after we have achieved this goal?
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 08:42 PM
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15. Considerably less than a month of terrorizing Arabs in Iraq
Why do you ask?
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 08:46 PM
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18. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Prevention just doesn't make enough profit for the hedge fund managers who run our heath care system.
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 11:13 PM
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21. Yeah. I think I'll get a lung transpant. Or maybe a new liver.
Since it's free and all.
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:28 PM
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38. Yeah!
Could I also get a few pints of blood and a quick biopsy (just for fun) maybe through in a few random cortisone shots? I would request a lobotomy but the person that suggested that people would abuse the system by overusing already has taken up todays lobotomy appointments lot.


good counter, by the way.
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 11:14 PM
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22. Then we'd be just like the rest of the civilized world... who pay half what we do. n/t
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:37 AM
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25. Right wing talking points alert! nt
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 10:27 AM
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31. a lot less than it does now when folks put it off until
theyre terminal cases.
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arikara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 11:57 AM
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33. We have a form of single payer here in Canada
and sure, some do run to the doctor for every little thing. I'm sure you have the nervous type with your private insurance too.

But more of us go once or twice a year if that. Most people I know try to avoid going to the doctor unless absolutely necessary. I went only once last year for a 5 minute visit to get a prescription renewed and its good for a year.
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 03:44 PM
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52. i'll admit when my oldest daughter was a baby i had her in to the doctor's every week!
but then again, her sitter smoked around her and she had bronchial problems. not that i have a problem with smoking in general, it's just that the sitter smoked in front of her while emy's own father had to go outside to smoke! but i was always scared at every little thing with her. LOL! now, ashley, my 3 year old could fall and if she doesn't cry, aaw she's ok. LOL!
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arikara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 04:45 PM
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55. But that's what they're for
and you can't fool around with respiratory problems for sure. Sorry if I sounded condescending but it seemed the post I responded to implied that if you had proper coverage that everyone would be at the doctor every day for every little ache.
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 04:49 PM
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56. i just don't understand 99% of the people doing that. people tend to do that
when they are thinking they might lose their insurance. then they try to get anything and everything looked at before it's gone. if people feel confident and secure about their healthcare, i can't imagine they would go for any and every little thing. and i am sure that hypochondriacs would be well known to their doctor. LOL!
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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:05 PM
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35. Yes, because everyone just LOVES spending their time
in Doctors offices. I go every other day whether I need to or not, just to watch all those other sick folks there. :sarcasm: Your post is just another right wing talking point.
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:24 PM
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36. Absurd
I have excellent healthcare as I work for an HMO. No copayments and less than 50 bucks a month premiums. I don't WANT to go to the doctor for everything. In fact even if I am ill I usually skip out on going to the doctor if I can possibly help it.

Whether you know it or not your argument is a talking point based on some wild conservative idea that because you give someone freedom they will abuse it or because you provide them a service they will overuse it.

It is not really based on any data, nor is it based on the experiences of nations that do have national healthcare programs, nor reality in general. It merely has the reek of conservative thought. i.e. "Welfare Bad!"
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:25 PM
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37. Oh and one more thing...
If you are a "Proud Progressive" than I am Groucho Marx. Get bent Freeper.
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Grinchie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:53 PM
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43. More people will see how screwed up our Medical system is and demand change.
Most normal people are healthy. When people ares tressed out, malnourished or mentally deficient, they get ill.

The claim that everyone would swamp the medical system is utter nonsense. People have better things to do that waste their time with sick people trying to get better, unless that's part of their job.
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change_notfinetuning Donating Member (750 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 01:11 PM
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45. You have a good point. I never pass a drinking fountain
without taking a free drink of water. NEVER!

Chest x-rays on demand. I can hardly wait.

Colonoscopies whenever? Where does the line form?
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 03:19 PM
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49. I have great, insurance + very low deductible = never go to MD
Just jumping through the hoops to get an appointment discourages me from going unless its an emergency
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 04:27 PM
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53. why on earth would someone want to take time out of their busy schedule to see the doctor
for every little thing???? Going to the Doctor is a pain in the ass.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 05:02 PM
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58. Can you point to a country with universal health care that has that problem?
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edc Donating Member (407 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 05:09 PM
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60. Everybody?
I see students everyday who should see a doctor but do not because either they or their parents don't have insurance, or they are afraid to see a doctor and later discover that their insurance won't pay up.

I've seen elderly people (who are supposedly covered under Medicare) deciding which prescription to fill and which not to fill because they don't have the money to buy medicine and by food or pay utility bills or rent or something else.

Most people avoid seeing doctors even when they are insured, at least until it becomes obvious that what ails them is not going to get better by itself.

For profit health care is not only bullshit, it is evil bullshit, and there is neither ethical nor economic justification for it.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 06:10 PM
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66. Um, not everyone is a hypochondriac
in fact, most normal human beings HATE going to the doctor. It's a time consuming, uncomfortable and often very unpleasant experience. It may be something you enjoy for some reason, but please don't project your unusual proclivities onto the rest of America.

Ultimately, if everyone had an annual exam we would save billions, not to mention millions of lives. Most people wait until a condition is life threatening to treat it because the costs are so crippling.

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waronxmas Donating Member (40 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 06:34 PM
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4. I'll be a total guy...
and admit I didn't remember single thing she said :loveya:
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 06:49 PM
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7. Keep replaying the video then, until--
--what she said sinks into your subconscious so you can repeat it on demand. :evilgrin:
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d_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 08:33 PM
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14. lol
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 01:04 PM
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44. She could recite the dictionary and I would be thrilled! :) nt
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 06:35 PM
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5. Perfectly-put.
She's a friend of a friend. I've spoken with her several times. She came to my friend's wedding. She's just tireless, and completely sincere. She's a great person.
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 07:23 PM
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8. One of the clearest explanations around. Thanks for posting.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 09:22 PM
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19. Hi, bjobotts!
:hi:
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 07:25 PM
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9. Without a not for profit single payer national healthcare plan there is no HC reform
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Dragonfli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 07:36 PM
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11. Does she have an unmarried sister as smart and appealing as she is?
Er ah not for me. I have a friend that...

Oh who am I kidding, my crush is obvious.
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newmac Donating Member (727 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 08:44 PM
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16. How about a single payer program for Dems only; leave the rethugs out
Let them play the game as they want to play it; lets take care of our own...
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 08:45 PM
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17. Spoken like a true first lady in the making!
Edited on Tue May-05-09 08:46 PM by cascadiance


... OR president down the road!
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radiclib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-05-09 09:25 PM
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20. What does it say about Dennis that he has a wife like this?
Something good, I suspect.
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earcandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 01:21 AM
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24. he must be a really fabulous enlightened kind of guy. I think he is pretty cute with his
determined look and conviction showing.

And I adore her.  They are both evidence of
about where we really are, outside of this horrid
world of illusion folks "believe" in. 

excuse me. 
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 08:32 AM
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27. K&R
:kick:
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 08:33 AM
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28. Yep, I used to watch her talks on the subject quite a bit.
But remember, DK answered the question in the debates about his thoughts on UFO's. :sarcasm: So therefore he is a kook and we must listen to our corporate politicians who are "reasonable" and "bipartisan" and in the "middle" whatever that crap means.
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 10:11 AM
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29. I had the honor of meeting Dennis & Elizabeth last year.
She is the real deal. Smart as a whip and totally committed to her husbands politics.

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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 10:21 AM
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30. K&R
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 11:16 AM
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32. she needs to be a lobbyist
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:49 PM
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41. Elizabeth makes it sound so simple. Let's just get the insurance
companies barred from the health world.
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 12:53 PM
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42. she makes sense
If you look at all the insurance companies in America all making profits single payer would be feasible. CEO salaries are just ridiculous but what's new..

A review of documents filed with the state show that Cleve Killingsworth, chairman and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, earned more than $3.6 million in 2007, including salary, benefits and incentives. Since 2005 his total compensation has jumped 38 percent.

James Roosevelt, CEO at Tufts Health Care, received more than $1.6 million in 2007, a 110 percent jump over his $785,013 compensation in 2005.

Charlie Baker, President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim, earned just under $1.4 million in 2007, a 26 percent hike since 2005.
Insurers told Team 5 Investigates that only 10 percent of their budget goes towards administrative costs.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/investigative/18449413/...

List of companies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_insu...
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lupinella Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 01:47 PM
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47. Woo-hoo!
I adore both her and Dennis! They are kind, intelligent people that are what I wish we, as a society, would emulate.

Plus, both are totally shaggable. *winks*
:blush:
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Fireweed247 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 02:19 PM
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48. This is from the campaign
Have either of them been speaking up lately?

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kaygore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 03:29 PM
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50. I am so proud that I was for Dennis for President!
It is just too bad that those we elect to represent us are nothing but whores who sell their vote to the highest bidder. At least Dennis is not a whore.
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 05:08 PM
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59. Blah Blah Blah The only thing that is going make it happen is for us to all be out in the streets...
Edited on Wed May-06-09 05:29 PM by L0oniX
massive marching ...massive protesting ...massive bombarding our senators and congress critters with threat to not vote for them ...10,000,000 plus march on Washington ...stop work, blockade everything and bring the economy to a halt. Everything else is just plain ol hot air and a schmoozing of the public to get elected. It's all about getting money so they can campaign to get elected and then later on in the future become a lobbyist. A vote is never going to give us SPHC. Our government is pwned by the banks and sociopath HMO's, insurance corporations and the MIC. No amount of talking is going change it. Force is necessary. Maybe we will need to have some people get murdered by troops like Kent State to get some real change in health care.
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Norrin Radd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 05:11 PM
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61. kr
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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 05:34 PM
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62. isn't 33 percent the administrative cost of our
for profit healthcare system? Thats a bunch of money for "admin", while leaving out the megabuck the CEOs get.

Did you see what happened with Wellcare today in Florida? Got an 80million dollar fine but doesnt' have to admit wrongdoing, WTF is wrong with that picture.

Then you guys get to talking about all the people using the doctor for every little thing. Well to me that adds up to voter fraud. There has not been a case prosecuted where someone took the time to vote twice for the same candidate. But the screech machine makes it seem like it's happening everywhere.

Peace
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 05:48 PM
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63. "The Whole Kaboodle" We need to also include things Western Medicine isn't effective with.
That means, include Chinese medicine, which treats many other things that aren't done well by Western Medicine; include midwifery (the Canadians left this out, and it took them 10 years to get it included!), accupuncture, which has been proven to be more effective with many medical problems, etc.

First, though... we MUST start educating people... there is waaaay too much ignorance, and it will go down to defeat consistently until we are more effective in reaching people.
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Lena inRI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-06-09 05:51 PM
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64. Finest spokesperson for single-payer HC. . .
. . .is Mrs. Elizabeth Kucinich!

Dennis and she would be perfect as single-payer advocates on that Baucus congressional hearing panel.

Furthermore, why aren't they being honored with any public attention by the Obama administration?

It's as though the Kucinichs have been shunned by President Obama whenever health care policy is discussed.


How ironic since Elizabeth is so similar to Obama's mother!

Elizabeth Harper Kucinich
"In 1996 she went to Agra, India, to volunteer at one of Mother Teresa's homes for India's poorest children.<1> Upon earning her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Kent at Canterbury, she spent 16 months in a rural Tanzanian village and worked as an advocate for regional development.<1>
After leaving Tanzania, she volunteered with a British Red Cross refugee unit; earned a certificate in Peace Studies from Coventry University; and got a job as a fund-raiser for a seafarer's charity in London.<1> Her volunteer work often brought her to the House of Lords.<1> At that time she heard financial analyst Stephen Zarlenga speak about monetary reform. She was impressed and soon was hired to become Zarlenga's assistant at the Chicago-based American Monetary Institute.<1> That work took her and Zarlenga to Dennis Kucinich's office.<1>
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Kucinich


******************
(Stanley)Ann(a) Dunham(Obama)Soetoro
Having been a weaver, Dunham was interested in village industries, and she therefore moved to Yogyakarta, the center of Javanese handicrafts.<36> In 1992 she earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hawaii, under the supervision of Prof. Alice Dewey, with a dissertation titled Peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia: surviving and thriving against all odds.<37> Duke University Press announced that they would publish an edited version of Dunham's dissertation, with a foreword by her daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng, in the Fall of 2009.<38>
Dunham then pursued a career in rural development championing womens work and microcredit for the worlds poor, with Indonesias oldest bank, the United States Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, Women's World Banking, and as a consultant in Pakistan. She mingled with leaders from organizations supporting Indonesian human rights, women's rights, and grass-roots development.<2>
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Dunham



Mr. President, start channeling your Mom and get behind the Kucinichs to help them put single-payer choice on the table. . .invite them for dinner like ya did Krugman and Stieglitz. . .

. . .and put pressure on Mr. Baucus to have them appear before the HC hearing NOW.


For your Mom's sake. . .for us Americans' sakes!



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