What you got.

This is what you got for 6 years of time and money supporting Democrats-

A middle class family of four making $66,370 will be forced to pay $5,243 per year for insurance. After basic necessities, this leaves them with $8,307 in discretionary income – out of which they would have to cover clothing, credit card and other debt, child care and education costs, in addition to $5,882 in annual out-of-pocket medical expenses for which families will be responsible.  Many families who are already struggling to get by would be better off saving the $5,243 in insurance costs and paying their medical expenses directly, rather than being forced to by coverage they can’t afford the co-pays on.

Read it and weep suckers.

And then realize that the reason “health care” was the top priority is that it had the greatest public support and least resistance.

What do you think is going to happen with financial reform and global warming?

Welcome to the new Black Plague, the new Dark Ages.

And it has nothing to do with the melanin of our President.

Just his policies.

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  1. I told you last Monday what would be happening and if you chose to ignore me you have no one to blame but yourselves.

    Afternoon Edition at 6.

  2. ….will hurt local economies.

    Instead of spending much of that money in local stores and businesses it will all go out of the community, to support some Insurance Co.s CEO’s villa in St Barts.

    • TMC on March 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    If you can consider it consolation, just watching the humiliation of Republicans and watching Bart Stupak, alone and vilified by his own misogynist allies was somewhat satisfying. Hearing him being called a “baby killer” gave me the feeling I was watching the British House of Commons. The melt down and blatant lies that were being spewed by the Republicans was jaw dropping and in the case of the very orange, John Boehner, almost hysterical.

    I do give my blue dog Representative credit, for voting “no” and not caving to the pressure from the DCCC and Pelosi. That’s how you’re suppose to fight for what you believe is right. He was opposed to the mandates and taxes, I had to agree with him on that. He did vote against the Stupak amendment, which was a surprise, since he is Catholic and most of his constituents are very conservative. He will most likely be easily re-elected in November. It’s better than the alternative at this point. Mike may be on the far right but his Republican challengers are all off the edge and there are no progressive/left candidates ready to primary him.

    For some reason, the right wing takes this bill as a defeat.

    Moving the Afternoon Edition to 6 makes it much easier for me to fill in for you. as well. The morning promotions are easy to handle and were done around 1 AM. My late morning and early afternoon is sometimes interrupted by life and domestic stuff, like taking a shower and eating.

  3. Health plans will cover at least 60 percent of medical costs. Insurers will also have to offer more tiers that cover up to 90 percent of costs for additional premiums.

    That is a fuckin joke.

    • banger on March 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Just choose your poison. It so happens that the government has found a way for their clients to take more money from us. If it wasn’t this it would be something else. We have to recognize that we live in an emergent neo-feudal order and nothing can stop it. As I’ve urged a score of times, get over it and work to get power through voluntary associations or ally yourself with some rich folks. We must focus on community and family while we continue to tell the truth here and elsewhere as best we can.

    The sad part of all this is how it reflects directly on the utter defeat of the left. Leftist/progressives/liberals need to rethink their positions and understand that without some strong theoretical framework nothing can be done and I mean nothing. The only argument progressives seem to have is “that’s not fair”. I’m sorry but sentiments are nice but have no place in realpolitik. You have to have a foundation for your principles vague sentimental notions about “the people” just don’t cut it. The European left, in contrast, has a strong theoretical framework to match the right. We have nothing to believe in. This place could become a little workshop on establishing a framework.

    • Edger on March 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    how you look at it…



  4. be regulated in the contracts for the benefit of patients i.e. best and most effective practices guaranteed without deliberate delay and obfuscation. If costs still go up on premiums (which appears inevitable), with mandates guaranteeing many more customers, the place for the greatest mischief is the contract itself. With no threat of a loss of customers to a government alternative, “let the games begin”.

    The difference between this bill and Medicare in 65′ is so obvious i.e. One was a government program and this one is not. What are we supposed to do, run back to the full congress every time we need an i dotted or a t crossed with insurance company and legislative opposition all over the place? And remember, Medicare is for 65 and over, not exactly the group of people that the Ins. Co’s cry over losing.

    Unless the people rise up and massively support this bill which will need to be seen as obviously beneficial and clear, it will slowly be chopped up into bits and soured upon.  

  5. was not the bill but the divisiveness of the conversation

    ……..

  6. Let’s all skip school and float naked down the Mississippi on a raft.

  7. for those who belong to the proverbial glass-half-full crowd.

    Many more U. S. taxpayers will now cross that magical threshold where their medical expenses exceed 7.5% of their adjusted gross income, so for those who itemize, the amount above and beyond this lofty hurdle will translate into at least some tax savings.  

    Of course, with decreased tax revenues, we will then face stealth tax increases, such as a value-added tax (which will allow even pre-schoolers who spend their meager allowances to purchase penny candy the privilege of “contributing” to our system) or, alternatively, to have even more debt added to our share of the national credit card, which was already maxed out long ago.

    And, for those who believe such happy talk, I have a deal for them.  They can send me $10, which I place in “safekeeping”, and then send them $1.50, $2.80, $3.50 or whatever in April, 2011.

    Any takers?

    • rossl on March 22, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    this year.  And Marcy Winograd, but she seems like one of the few decent Democrats.  I hope I’m not proven wrong.

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