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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:52 AM
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Daschle Launches Push for Health-Care Overhaul
Source: WSJ

DECEMBER 5, 2008

By LAURA MECKLER

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Tom Daschle, who is slated to oversee health-care policy in the Obama administration, is kicking off the effort to pass a comprehensive health-care plan. In a speech to be delivered Friday in Denver, Mr. Daschle will say, "The president-elect made health-care reform one of his top priorities of his campaign, and I am here to tell you that his commitment to changing the health-care system remains strong and focused."

Mr. Daschle will emphasize the importance of moving forward even amid the economic crisis, noting that rising health-care costs put more pressure on businesses and must be addressed. The speech does not lay out any specific timetables for action on health care by the Obama administration. Mr. Daschle, who Obama transition officials say will be nominated secretary of Health and Human Services, will suggest that Americans hold holiday-season house parties to brainstorm over how best to overhaul the U.S. health-care system. He will promise to drop by one such party himself, and to take the ideas generated to President-elect Barack Obama.

The parties are part of an effort by the new administration to apply organizing tools from the presidential campaign to the more-complex task of governing. "What's next for our Health Care Team? You are," Mr. Daschle will say at the 2008 Colorado Health Care Summit, an event organized by Sen. Ken Salazar (D., Colo.). Mr. Daschle's comments will be the first public discussion by the Obama team on health care since Election Day. He will emphasize that changes to the health-care system must include expanding insurance coverage, as well as reducing costs and improving quality.

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During the campaign, Mr. Obama called for a national insurance marketplace where consumers can buy health-care coverage from private companies or from a new government-run plan, with subsidies to be provided to people based on their income levels. He suggested that large companies be required to offer insurance or pay into a fund, and proposed tax credits to entice small businesses to offer workers insurance. His plan also proposed a variety of ideas to improve health-care quality and reduce costs. But many details have yet to be filled in, and congressional Democrats are working on those issues now. In the meantime, Mr. Daschle will say the Obama administration wants input from supporters -- as a way of getting average Americans to feel connected to the process and invested in its success. At some point, the administration may seek to mobilize supporters to lobby Congress or otherwise build support for a plan.



Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122844800734282227.html
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:17 AM
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1. Nice to see them moving forward.
The republicans are going to do everything to halt progress. Rather than reinvent their own party.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:54 AM
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4. Why Shouldn't They? It Worked So Well For Them in 1994
Of course the Repiggies are going to throw everything including the kitchen sink at us over this.
The insurance and health care industries will spend billions to defeat this (and us).
That's how they were able to take over both houses of Congress in 1994.

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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:59 PM
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10. Rigth. See Frank Thomas opinion
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 02:00 PM by question everything
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:24 AM
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2. hope and change -- lots of language that doesn't mean a thing.
i see here he's working hard -- or going to work hard --

i just don't know on what exactly except a masachestes style health -- which is having some remarkable troubles recently?

daschle did a PISS POOR job in the senate -- that's not even a personal opinion -- one could even say incompetant -now he's in care of health care? really?

we're fucked.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:35 AM
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3. What, precisely, does Obama plan to do to improve health care accessibility.
All I heard was that he was going to put all our medical information into computer databases. I also heard something vague about preventing the very ill from having to fight with their insurance companies. I understood the Kucinich, Edwards and Clinton proposals on health care very well, but I never understood Obama's. Could someone please explain this.
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 03:09 AM
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5. Obama's appoach to healthcare...
Is to get everybody in a room together. Listen, then tell them this is what we do. All televised live on CSPAN. He said that here in San Antonio.

Go bama go Bama.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:51 PM
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9. But what is he going to tell them to do? Doesn't he have a plan
beyond no exclusions for pre-existing conditions and computerizing medical data? Those are the only really clear-cut ideas I have heard from him on health care. Oh, yes, and he's going to make it affordable -- but how? Hillary, Edwards and Kucinich all had very clear statements about precisely what changes they would recommend in the area of healthcare. Obama has always been very vague about it. Does anyone know any more than his vague promises?
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 02:17 AM
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12. Here's the thing... Obama get's things done.
He is going to work for betterment. It is going to be slow, however in 8 years the country is going to elect Kucinich because Obama paved they way.
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ryanmuegge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 11:43 PM
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19. His plan is to give an inspiring speech.
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 11:48 PM by ryanmuegge
Seriously. That's it. I hope to God I'm proven wrong, but I don't think Obama is ambitious enough.
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Stand and Fight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:04 AM
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6. One very important thing that he has said time-and-time again...
Is that it will become illegal for insurances to deny someone insurance coverage for a "pre-existing condition" and/or to charge them extra for coverage. I'd say that's pretty substantial. It was vital to what Edwards and Clinton said as well.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:56 PM
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18. There's a bill supporting that already, sponsored by
Dr. Steve Kagen of WI-8. Obama will try to take credit for it, I suppose.
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gorbal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:36 AM
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7. I hope they can really do what they say.
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 10:37 AM by gorbal
I really hope they can drum up the bravery to put an end to the abject misery the health insurance companies have been putting people through.

The idea that they could just get away with what they have...it just makes me sick. I think now is the time to act if there was any time at all....good time to get out the addresses of your senators and representatives.

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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:13 PM
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8. "Moving foreward on HealthCare" can mean different things.
There will be a strong movement from Republicans and Conservative Democrats ("Centrists") to channel taxpayer money into the pockets of the "For Profit" Insurance Corporations.
This would NOT be a step forward, but a huge step backward that only legitimizes and codifies the For Profit Health Insurance Industry.

This will be a deal breaker for me, and should be opposed by everyone who Works for a Living.
If subsidies for the poor/working poor are necessary, it should be mandatory that they enroll in the government system.

Beware of the soft sell from the CorpoDems. It will sound like this:
"We need to get something working today, and this is the best compromise.
We will go back and fix it later"


They will be lying. (again)




The Democratic Party is a BIG TENT, but there is NO ROOM for those
who advance the agenda of THE RICH (Corporate Owners) at the EXPENSE of LABOR and the POOR.

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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:01 PM
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11. I've said all along that the first clue that something is very wrong with Obama's plan
is that the health insurance companies haven't been screaming bloody murder about it.

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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:17 AM
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13. You mean something is good.
Edited on Sat Dec-06-08 03:18 AM by Skink
last time I used bloody murder it was about the pubs and Amtrak. Altough I love that symmetry of words.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-07-08 01:04 AM
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20. This will be a deal breaker for a lot of people n/t
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natrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 04:48 AM
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14. complete joke from the daschle whore-get ready for industry give away
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 03:13 PM
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15. Consumers have no money to buy health care. When are these idiots we elect going to get it?
Free Health care for all.
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Honeycombe8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 04:38 PM
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16. I don't think there's an issue with healthcare quality, is there? It's "no coverage" and "cost"
The issues are not having coverage, and cost of healthcare (and insurance).

I didn't hear candidates talking about any issues dealing with quality of healthcare coverage and such. When did that become an issue?

I'm leery of this language and this direction.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 10:39 PM
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17. I don't want "comprehensive", I want "universal tax-funded". nt
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