“Does anyone remember the “reformicons”? A couple of years back there was much talk about a new generation of Republicans who would, it was claimed, move their party off its cruel and mindless agenda of tax cuts for the rich and pain for the poor, bringing back the intellectual seriousness that supposedly used to characterize the conservative movement.
But the rise of the reformicons never happened. What we got instead was the (further) rise of the decepticons — not the evil robots from the movies, but conservatives who keep scaling new heights of dishonesty in their attempt to sell their reverse-Robin Hood agenda.”
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Michael Hutchinson NY 9 hours ago
The GOP plans to take meager insurance away from millions of Americans. OK, but let’s face it, the flip side of this ghastly idea is the assumption that the insurance industry must be preserved, and the naïve idea that capitalism and the Laws of Supply and Demand will fix everything. Just ask Rand Paul.
But the Laws of Supply and Demand don’t operate in healthcare as they do elsewhere, Dr. Paul, even if you allow purchase across state lines. This is because the insurance industry (Supply) has a financial incentive not to provide healthcare (Demand), and why it uses a massive bureaucracy, placing a huge financial burden on US industry.
Ironically, government-funded Medicare has a tiny overhead, is still run by doctors, and is popular (just ask any senior, even Republicans). Making Medicare generally available would be a massive boost for US industry – $500 billion per year – and a massive boost in standards.
The unseemly spectacle of a group of portly white male senators, each receiving contributions (bribes?) from the insurance industry, each with unparalleled access to healthcare, prattling about the wonders of the free market, reminds me of Sinclair Lewis’s observation that you’ll never get a man to understand something (Medicare for All) if his income (bribe) depends upon him not understanding it.
American healthcare is a disgrace, an unforced error not worthy of a great nation, and there is no capitalist solution.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. MEDICARE FOR ALL.
Sha Redwood City 8 hours ago
Obamacare has had this much success despite Republicans doing whatever they could during the past eight years to break it. Imagine they had a tiny bit of decency, caring more about their constituents than their political gain, and worked with Democrats to improve the law. Millions more would have been insured mow with lower premiums.
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