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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:12 PM
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Senate Single-Payer Healthcare Bill Introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders!

Sanders Puts Single-Payer On the Agenda
by John Nichols
March 30, 2009

While the one reform that could cure what ails America's health care system has attracted plenty of adherents in the House -- 72 members have signed on as backers of House Judiciary Committee chair John Conyers' single-payer proposal and others back a plan introduced by Washington Democrat Jim McDermott's legislation -- there has not been a Senate proposal to rally around.

Until now.

That's what makes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' proposed "American Health Security Act of 2009" such an important piece of legislation. In addition to being the first single-payer bill introduced in the Senate since the mid-1990s -- when the late Paul Wellstone, D-Minnesota, sponsored a bill similar to the plan now being advanced by Sanders -- it raises the profile of the doctors, nurses, patients and other campaigners who are trying to tell the Obama administration and its congressional allies that the legislative compromises they entertain are doomed to fail.

The Sanders bill stands in stark contrast to the proposals being considered by the Obama administration and U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, which would establish a new public-versus-private hybrid to try and address dysfunctions in the current public-versus-private hybrid that has left more than 45 million Americans uninsured and at least that many Americans underinsured.

"This is excellent news," says Dr. Quentin Young, national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program. "There is now a way for the Senate to help us exit the nightmare of a collapsing health care system. If this bill is enacted, we no longer have to put up with the outrageous costs that prevent millions of Americans from receiving medical care and medications. Nor will tens of thousands have to declare bankruptcy over medical bills. In the face of our present economic calamity, this is an urgent necessity."

Please read the complete article at:

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/state_of_change/422538/s...

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Single-payer health care bill introduced in US Senate
By Anjanette Riley
Arizona Capital Times
March 30, 2009

Senate members are considering a bill that would replace the country's existing employer-based health care model with a single-payer form similar to the models used in Europe.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democrat from Vermont and sponsor of the American Health Security Act of 2009, announced his intentions to file the bill earlier this month during the president's health care reform summit. It was filed March 25.

The system would guarantee health care coverage to every citizen. Benefits would include funding for primary care, mental health care and dental. Benefit packages would be managed on the state-level, similar to the operation of Medicaid.

The measure would also create a National Health Service Corps to combat the nation's physician shortage by training an additional 24,000 health professionals.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the measure would save the country $400 billion annually by reducing the number of uninsured and removing the administrative costs of other government-sponsored health care programs already on the books.

http://www.azcapitoltimes.com/printable.cfm?ID=10833





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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:14 PM
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1. Hot damn!
I knew this was coming... but seeing it in print... that it's been introduced... *sigh*

:)
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 09:22 AM
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30. Hell yes!
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SlingBlade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 09:37 AM
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34. True, A long time coming
Sanders is truly one of the good ones

:kick:
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TheCoxwain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:16 PM
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2. Yaaay!
nt
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:16 PM
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3. K&R
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:19 PM
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4. Good to see. Is there any co-sponsor?
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:25 PM
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5. Not yet - but it is just 6 days old
<111st> S.703 : A bill to provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard (introduced 3/25/2009) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Interesting that they sent it to Finance (Buacus's committee), rather than HELP (Kennedy's committee)which Sanders is on.
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:26 PM
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6. Not yet. The bill is S.703.
S.703

Title: A bill to provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system.

Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard (introduced 3/25/2009) Cosponsors (None)

Latest Major Action: 3/25/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.


http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:8:./temp/~... :

(This is good. It won't pass, but it might influence Dems to at least keep the public part of Obama's health care proposal in the final bill--if we make our voices heard.)



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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:35 PM
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8. In the last few days Obama said he is open to a public option
only for those who don't qualify for public plans (i.e. preexisting conditions). By doing that he's setting the pubilc option up for failure by only allowing those who are more likely to have high medical costs join it. I'd rather the public option get dropped from his health insurance proposal than have it be something the for profit insurers and their friends can point to and say "see, we told you it was too expensive". That would push single payer off the table for years.

I intend to hammer my senator to support Sanders' bill. Even though Klobuchar is flirting with the Blue Dogs, if enough of us contact her it might work. Public pressure changed her FISA vote.
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 05:35 PM
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11. Are you sure about the 'preexisting conditions' part?
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 07:48 PM
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17. During his town hall he said
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/20...

"And if you can't obtain it through a private plan there's going to be a public plan."

The "if" sounds like the private plan will be your first choice and only after they reject you will you be able to try the public option.

He also said

"I don't think the best way to fix our health care system is to scrap what everybody is accustomed to,"
and
"(the nation should) build on what we have ... and fill in the gaps."

Yeah - because we're just so accustomed to getting screwed by the for profits we just couldn't cope if they weren't picking our pockets.
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Andy823 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:28 PM
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7. Way to go Bernie.
$400 billion in savings is a lot of money, and I am sure the republicans will fight this tooth and nail, but if the people get behind this, and lots of business's also, it might work. Business should happy as hell to get something like this passed so they can put more money in their pockets every month instead of paying out thousands to insurance companies. Even republicans that have lost their insurance for one reason or another should be on this band wagon, at least one would thing that!
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:42 PM
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9. Bernie is the BEST!
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 02:48 PM
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10. One correction to the second article: Sanders is an Independent, not
a Democrat.

That aside, I'm glad he's doing this.

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Hellataz Donating Member (804 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 05:41 PM
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12. About time! This would be awesome! K&R!
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 05:43 PM
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13. Thank you, Sen. Sanders.
:bounce:
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 05:48 PM
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14. You will now see the reality of just how little support there is for this
Edited on Tue Mar-31-09 06:47 PM by Thrill
in the Senate.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 06:18 PM
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16. While that may be true- it's far more rational public policy
Sadly, the profoundly dysfuctional (and corrupted) US Senate is the biggest reason why not only won't Americans get health care- but will continue on their downward slide toward third world status in many other ways as well.

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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 06:04 PM
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15. Go Bernie- There is huge support for this!
Among those who matter, the doctors and patients of America. The ONLY people who oppose a not for profit system are those that profit from the current one, and they are a tiny little growth on the butt of the body politic that the rest of us are more than eager to have removed.
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 08:14 PM
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18. That's how you get it done folks. Very good news.
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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 08:21 PM
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19. WTG Senator Sanders!!! Love you Man
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Usrename Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-31-09 11:50 PM
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20. K&R
:applause:
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grillo7 Donating Member (243 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 01:57 AM
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21. Sanders: hands down our best man in the Senate... n/t
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 02:56 AM
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23. Note that he's not a democrat.
I don't know what that means, but some days I think that should be telling us something important about the state of the party.... :shrug:
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grillo7 Donating Member (243 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 05:46 AM
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24. That's an excellent point.
I keep forgetting that, actually. I'm not sure about you, but I was actually hopeful in 2006 when we regained the House and Senate. A lot of good that did...
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 01:52 PM
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44. He's a Democrat for organizational purposes
And he has the full support of the Vermont Democratic Party. What it tells us is that in a state like Vermont you can label yourself a socialist and get elected with 70% of the vote.
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 02:18 PM
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46. Why isn't he a democrat then?
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 02:31 PM
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48. There's actually a very long explanation for that
If you have some time, read up on Bernie's political career. It's really a fascinating story. One thing to note is that he is where he is today because he has worked with the Democratic Party even though he is not a member.
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Political Heretic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 02:54 AM
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22. Now if only the administration would support it.
But they don't. No hypocrisy, the President made it clear from the start he wasn't interested in a single payer solution.

Ah well. Let's see what we can do to at least get good, strong congressional debate about this bill and get it in the news.
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stopbush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:28 PM
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39. True, but I'm sure that Obama "wasn't interested in" throwing more money down the
Edited on Wed Apr-01-09 12:30 PM by stopbush
Wall Street rat hole, but he's doing it because he feels he needs to.

Why not apply the same "because we need to" philosophy to single payer?
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 07:04 AM
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25. K&R for Bernie
I think we should plan to bombard Thom Hartman's show on Friday with phone calls and e-mails. Bernie is on in the first hour, and it's our chance to show him mega support.
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snappyturtle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 07:21 AM
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26.  K&R Thank you Senator Sanders! nt
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 07:47 AM
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27. Democrats, stand behind thy
Hope the corporations allow us health care.
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varelse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 07:58 AM
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28. This is the solution we need
it's the only one that works for the people of the US, as opposed to the bloated megacorps in the insurance industry.
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Mark D. Donating Member (420 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 08:20 AM
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29. Compromise?
Edited on Wed Apr-01-09 08:29 AM by Mark D.
I watched the PBS special last night about the state of health care. I was raving furious at the story of the Lupus victim who basically rotted away without health care. I had an epiphany just now. This should please both the people like us who ACTUALLY CARE and the 'have mores' (corporate whores) like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity alike. Are you ready? It's really simple. Pass Bernie's bill, which is like the one Conyers wants, and Kucinich wants. Get the three of them together to tweak it, I like all of their ideas. The best way is rather simple. Do so and allow the STUPID for-profit, private, money shifting to the elite, Nixonian, crap-NWO system of private insurance to continue.

You get the best of both worlds. As Dennis Kucinich pointed out, the 2.2 trillion we pay now would fully pay for the new plan, covering everyone. No new expenses or taxes. If we need extra to pay for it, the 1/2 TRILLION a year in savings the conservative CBO points out would cover it. So nothing would change for those who like the system we have now. Those sick of it, which is 2/3 of America (probably more, as the rich elite do all they can to push that number down) will go with the public plan. And, to quote that aldultering, immoral, bloated piece of shit Newt Gingrich from his 'Contract on America' daze - that private for-profit system will 'wither on the vine' and that is FINE.
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prairierose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 09:26 AM
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33. Mark, welcome to DU....
I hope that it can work the way that you describe in your post. That is also the plan that Howard Dean is supporting. I hope that all of the people who are sick of our sick system will support this and write their congress critters regularly to show their support. I think that we have to keep adding numbers to the supports and show congress the huge numbers of people who want this option. I really would like to see all those private insurance companies die.
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 01:47 PM
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43. yes
:thumbsup:
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 09:23 AM
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31. we need more Bernie Sanders and Kucinichs...
we need representatives to represent the left and the average American.
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StreetKnowledge Donating Member (921 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 09:26 AM
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32. Let's go Bernie!
Let's see the Republicons kill it this time. Not happening......

Get it out there, Bernie. And watch for Evan Bayh and his ConservaDems come looking to water it down, don't take any shit.
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nightrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 10:41 AM
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35. Sanders is a good guy. However, I have a concern
about this proposal... Instead of being a national health care proposal it's more like Medicaid and leaves the coverages to the states. I don't think that's a great idea. I think the people in the US deserve provision of NATIONAL health care, single payer, similar to HR 676. Not 50 different plans! Gees!

I'm a health care provider and the multiplicity of plans I have to deal with is horrible and wasteful. One plan. One payer.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 10:50 AM
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36. Is anyone contacting their Senators about this?
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democrank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 11:13 AM
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37. Here is one fine example of leadership.
The corporatists have had a brazillion advocates in Washington, but Senator Sanders, in a moment of courage, stood up for the people. Bless him for that.
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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 11:18 AM
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38. Kicking to support the call for Single Payer !! //nt
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:35 PM
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40. Bernie's always fighting the Power!
Go Bernie!
:woohoo:
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GreenTea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:51 PM
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41. Sanders has absolutely the best plan and should be supported 100%
Single Payer - Universal Health Care - For ALL!
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RoccoR5955 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 01:20 PM
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42. Go Bernie!
Bernie knows that getting the insurance companies out of the picture will only help us!
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DevonRex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 02:03 PM
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45. I would prefer single payer. My only question is what happens to the
employees of insurance companies? How many are there, anyway? Could there be some type of transition so that we don't have thousands more people out of work all the sudden?

This might even be a silly worry on my part. I am no economist, that's for sure.




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20score Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 02:30 PM
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47. Damn, too late to rec it. Bernie's the best!
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harmonicon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 03:54 PM
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49. is the Arizona Capital Times a subsidiary of Fox New?
"Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democrat from Vermont" - since when was he a Democrat? I agree with him completely on this, but that's some fucking shitty reporting. Just how dumb are the people who write the news?
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