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Health Care, Obama and the USA May Fail; but the Dream Lives

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We Forget Who Owns America

Every actor in the health care debate ignores the cost issue. The AMA has always limited the number of doctors so that fees remain high. They function as a craft guild from the Age of Mercantilism. The economic principles of competition, supply and demand do not operate.
Big Pharma companies collude.
In forty states only one or two health insurance firms "compete" for business. They bribe the Congress to eliminate single payer [competition from the government].
The health care system reeks of criminality, but all of us suffer from nasal congestion.

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Here is a Basic Problem with Single Payer

We intend to bring 47 millions of previously uninsured citizens into the health care system. How will we cope with their needs?
We will require many more health professionals. So far, only Chris Mathews on the national scene has mentioned this.

Rumble from the Left

Dan Eggen, Washington Post

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The efforts by MoveOn.org and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee illustrate the widening fissures within the left over how to overhaul the nation's health-care system. Obama will address the issue in a prime-time speech to Congress next Wednesday.

Many Democrats and liberal groups have been alarmed by what they describe as signs of possible retreat by the White House on especially important issues, and they argue that jettisoning a public plan would amount to a betrayal of those who supported Obama's historic candidacy last year.

If We Have Such a Great Health Care System, Why Does Everybody in the Industrialized World Live Longer Than We Do?

Carrie Peyton Dahlberg, Sacramento Bee

Health care for all would provide a "very large" improvement for some deprived populations, Kravitz said, but "a surtax on high fructose corn syrup would probably be more effective " than anything we could do for the health care system, just because of obesity."

A Strategy to Save Obamacare

Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post

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(1) Forget the public option. Whatever the merits, and they are few, it is political poison. It dies by the Liasson Logic, the unassailable observation by NPR's Mara Liasson that there are no liberal Democrats who will lose their seats if the public option is left out, while there are many moderate Democrats who could lose their seats if the public option is included.

(5) Promise nothing but pleasure -- for now. Make health insurance universal and permanently protected. Tear up the existing bills and write a clean one -- Obamacare 2.0 -- promulgating draconian health-insurance regulation that prohibits (a) denying coverage for preexisting conditions, (b) dropping coverage if the client gets sick and (c) capping insurance company reimbursement.

What's not to like? If you have insurance, you'll never lose it. Nor will your children ever be denied coverage for preexisting conditions.

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