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tj2001 Donating Member (685 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-17-09 04:49 PM
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"Letting insurance companies control health care costs is like making a pyromaniac the fire chief"
Liberals complain over Obama concession
By DAVID ESPO (AP)

... "You really can't do health reform" without allowing the government to compete with private insurers, said Howard Dean, a former Democratic Party chairman. "Let's not say we're doing health reform without a public option," he added in a slap at the administration's latest move. His remarks were echoed by lawmakers as well as AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, who said the option was the only way to force "real competition" on the insurance industry.

In a statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "There is strong support in the House for a public option," adding it is the best way "to lower costs, improve the quality of health care, ensure choice and expand coverage."...

"Leaving private insurance companies the job of controlling the costs of health care is like making a pyromaniac the fire chief," said Rep., Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. Weiner is one of dozens of Democrats who favor creation of a so-called "single payer" approach under which the government would take over the health care system. For many of them, the government option represents a significant retreat.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, issued a statement that called the weekend administration statements deeply troubling. "The Congressional Black Caucus remains committed to ensuring that health reform is meaningful, and that means making sure that a public option is part of the package," she said...

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jlMpJ...
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-17-09 04:50 PM
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1. Or like putting Wall Street players in charge of the economy. nt
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ipaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-17-09 05:01 PM
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2. Many of the lawmakers sitting on committees deciding our health care fate
have investments in the for profit health care industry.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-17-09 05:41 PM
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3. Ah...little baby leeches...
Ain't they cute?
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Pharlo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-17-09 06:17 PM
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4. On behalf of actual leeches everywhere, I object.
An actual leech does what it needs to in order to survive, and can, in some medical instances, actually have worth.

What we have here are greedy avaricious sociopaths.
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Kievan Rus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-17-09 06:20 PM
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5. Delete -- double post
Edited on Mon Aug-17-09 06:20 PM by Kievan Rus
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Kievan Rus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-17-09 06:20 PM
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6. There actually was a pyro that was an arson investigator
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