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slipslidingaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-01-09 10:09 PM
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46. It is certainly OK to question, but then people do not respond...

Question, how many liberals would have switched their support from ....
Edited on Sun Nov-01-09 06:48 PM by slipslidingaway
single payer, not for profit HC, or at the very least not signed on so quickly, if Dean had not come out in favor of a yet to be determined plan?

And how close have we come to what is laid out on the site?

"What does universally available mean?

A universally available public option would be open to anyone regardless of gender, race, religion, income or employer.

What does public option mean?

A pubic option would allow anyone and everyone to choose a healthcare plan provided by the government like Medicare is today.

What about single payer healthcare?

In America, we already offer single payer healthcare to our Veterans through the Veterans Health Administration. Americans over the age of 65 already benefit from a single payer system provided in Medicare. Single payer systems thrive in every other industrialized country where citizens have government provided healthcare.

Our position is that even in those countries, like Britain and Canada, citizens are allowed to purchase for-profit insurance if they want it. We believe Americans deserve the right to choose their own healthcare and therefore a public healthcare option like Medicare must be made available for any American to choose.

What about HR676 or other single payer bills already purposed?

Governor Howard Dean, M.D. is not proposing a specific plan. We are drawing a line in the sand over the key principle of real healthcare reform: availability of a public healthcare option. If the final bill allows Americans to choose between for-profit insurance or a universally available public healthcare option, then it will meet the key principles and deserve our support.

A universally available public option like Medicare is the only way to guarantee healthcare for all Americans and its inclusion in healthcare legislation passed by Congress this year is non- negotiable..."

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