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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-07-09 01:26 PM
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A Simple First Step Toward Universal Health Care
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By Charley James 6/1/09

The New York Times reported Saturday morning that a major split between Senator Ted Kennedy back on the Hill as he fights brain cancer and Senator Max Baucus over the shape and form of universal health care. Kennedy, long a proponent of a single-payer system, is teeing up against Baucus who is negotiating with Republicans over keeping all of health care in the hands of private insurers.

Kennedy and Baucus chair competing committees, and each are racing over creating a plan.

Meanwhile, 47-million Americans remain without any health care while an estimate 20 million more working adults are under-covered. As we reported Friday, in California alone 1 million people go to Mexico for treatment annually because they cant afford seeing a doctor at home.--

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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-07-09 01:28 PM
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1. God bless Edward Kennedy and a pox on Baucus. n/t
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-07-09 01:32 PM
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2. Even the Republicans acknowledge
Ted Kennedy is a champion. Even though he's got several more years to go in the Senate, I really think people are outraged enough over Baucus's position on health care and his shabby treatment of pro-single payer advocates during the hearings that his political days are numbered.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-07-09 01:51 PM
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4. If single payer becomes law then all that campaign money he gets from
the insurance industry will shrivel up and maybe a real liberal can be elected to his Senate seat.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-07-09 01:34 PM
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3. Then why is Kennedy's bill such a mess?
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-07-09 01:53 PM
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5. Because he was sick and apparently other people were doing the work.
What makes me feel positive is that Bernie Sanders, a long time advocate of single payer, is on that committee and no doubt will have some influence.
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-07-09 02:18 PM
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6. Even though Charley James isn't a well-known national pundit
his ideas make such good sense to me. Everyone under 18 first, then the adults. Single payer will SO help the economy - employer paid insurance has run its' course. When you consider insurance companies have more money than banks....well....'nuff said.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-07-09 03:33 PM
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7. Good question -
I was unaware that Kennedy supports single payer. I have never heard that before. And as you pointed out, his bill certainly does not reflect said position.
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