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Worse Than Nothing

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My quick take on the policy content of the President's Speech - a horrible entrenchment of the insurance industry that will make them a permanent fixture.

Yes, they may be forced to stop doing things that should already be illegal, like all the mafia abuses Bob has done such a great job of documenting. In exchange, they get the power and force of the government forcing everyone to be their customer.

No 'moral our' for people like Bob or I - if we can afford insurance, we can't use the Public Option. And the Option maybe a co-op. Or a trigger. Who knows? But the President was clear - it's only an option for people who can't afford insurance. Don't worry America, he told us -- less than 5% will ever use it. The other 95% of you are going to be forced to subsidize the insurance industry.

I hope the House progressives hold the line on a strong P.O. I hope progressives in the grassroots speak out loudly againt this. A mandate was a bad idea when Baucus proposed it and it's every bit as bad being sold by the President. Barack Obama used liberal rhetoric to sell us out to the insurance industry tonight and I don't like it one bit.

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Lee Stranahan is a pioneer in digital media who has over twenty-five years of experience in broadcast production, education and independent media.He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, blogs about politics and culture at, (more...)
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