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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-19-10 10:32 PM
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118. That's because they don't understand the bill
During the time the bill was being debated, nearly everyone I talked to (at the gym, at church, in the neighborhood) was under the impression that it would create a European-style health system. Only political junkies like me knew what was actually in it.

A typical remark (and I live in Minneapolis, where Republicans can't get elected dog catcher), "People are dying. We need to have a system like Canada or Europe. Why is there so much objection to the bill."

When I explained the bill, that it was based entirely on private insurance, they were shocked and dismayed. They had no idea. Then they'd stammer and say, "Well, it's sort of a start."

Considering that my random sample of people in Minneapolis didn't understand the bill (probably because there was more publicity from right-wingers who called it "government health care" than there were clear, consistent explanations from the Dems).

I still occasionally run into people who think they'll be getting a single-payer plan in 2014.

They're going to feel as if they've been subjected to bait-and-switch.

Our only chance to overcome the insurance vultures is to support the single-payer plans in the individual states.
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