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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-27-09 11:30 PM
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18. I'm a huge Single Payer advocate but there is no way in the world that it's going to go
through now.

The contributions and lobbying from the Health Insurance Industry and Big Pharma are certainly a large part of it. But the other, seldom-discussed part is the devastating effect a quick transition to Single Payer would have on our economy. The Health Insurance Industry, for all of its bloated evils, employs LOTS of Americans who pay taxes and support local community economies.

Where would the working class of Health Insurance employees go for employment? We know that the majority of them would not immediately be employed by the government. Some maybe, but not that many.

I know that none of us, myself included, give even half a shit what happens to the executives who have been hauling in the big bucks. But we all should care that people who work hard and need jobs to support their families will be victims here too.

I would feel a lot better if I thought that the Congress was working on a way to make a smooth transition from the current fiasco to Public Option and then to Single Payer, but right now it seems like it's become an attempt by our political class to protect the status quo.

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