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Obamacare Doesn’t Work Because Republicans Removed Public Option From it

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Without a public option, our healthcare will always remain locked in the fist of the insurance industry.  The public option was supposed to be the hallmark of Obamacare. The public option was supposed to be a government-run health insurance agency which would compete with other private health insurance companies within America.

A public option would have made Obamacare a shining success. Which is probably exactly why the Republicans removed it. Sorry folks, you and your kid’s health is important to Republicans, just not as much as the nation’s insurance companies profits!

One city has two insurance companies. As long as those two CEOs keep prices high, the residents will have no choice but to pay these exorbitant fees.

On the other hand, imagine if a government run health plan enters the scene. Now, those two insurance companies return to earth, and are forced to offer competing prices.

The public option would work and it would be a great thing for America. As a result, the Republicans didn’t like it.

The thought of a public option infuriated the Republicans. So much in fact, that Republicans threatened to filibuster the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) if the public option was not removed.

Republicans hated a public option so much, because they were persuaded by insurance company lobbyists. The public option would mean private insurers couldn’t set their own prices. In the history of the Republican party, never had they waged a more defiant battle, than they did blocking Obamacare.

Remember all those morons marching up and down the streets chanting ‘Keep the government out of my healthcare!’?

I hope those protesters know how much insurance CEOs love them! Insurance companies can rob people and they won’t fight back. Instead, they protest on behalf of the insurance companies! It’s like an episode of the Twilight Zone.

Isn’t it strange to see politicians insisting not to trust their government and keep vital institutions out of their hands, like Social Security and Medicare? Those government-run institutions seem to be working fine. In fact, Medicare and Social Security are considered the most dependable institutions in our society.

Getting Obamacare passed was really a helluva fight. The public option though didn’t make it. Pelosi managed to squeeze a bill through the House with a public option provision, consequently she was unable to fit it through the Senate.

Most Senate Democrats supported the government healthcare option. However, the insurance industry just needed one senator to kill it. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world, was the industry’s saving grace. Public Integrity article

The only argument they had was the same stale ‘keep government out of my healthcare’ cry. It worked on half the country (the uneducated half). Joe Lieberman told Fox News,

 “A public option plan is unnecessary. It has been put forward, I’m convinced, by people who really want the government to take over all of health insurance.” Public Integrity article

It isn’t fair that my vote weighs as much as one of theirs.

 

 

 

 


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  1. Obamacare DOES WORK and could be better but republicans want to KILL IT ALL TOGETHER!! It’s easy to add a PUBLIC OPTION to it and other things that would HELP THE PEOPLE! If republicans really wanted people to have health care, WHY are they repealing and KILLING the ACA or Obamacare?

  2. They’re nit-picked it to death. All in favor of insurance companies and big Pharma. Look it up. Don’t go by what the media tells you. They are all controlled by a few elites and tell us only what these elites want us to know.

  3. Public option would have kept insurance industry in check, that’s why rates continue to rise it has nothing to do with the actual costs. Insurance industry has had huge profits year after year as well as obscene CEO salaries, this is exactly why there must be a public option as well as regulations on prices the hospital industry and pharmaceutical industries can charge. To keep increasing prices just so their profits are higher is simply price gouging at tax payer expense.
    I still advocate for National Single Payer Expanded medicare for all with proper regulations of the health care provider industry to prevent gouging. Social Security should be expanded at the same time as people’s health is directly effected by poverty.

    It’s time too Demand National Single Payer Expanded Medicare for All. Put our health care needs ahead of big Pharma and insurance industry profits. Stop the Plutocrats of this incoming Kleptocracy.
    It has come to the point for profit health care industry holds us hostage for our very lives. We must reign in Big Pharma and end The for profit health insurance industry. The time for National Single Payer Expanded Medicare for all is now.
    http://valadian.github.io/SandersHealthcareCalculator/

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32945-calculating-the-cost-of-bernie-sanders-single-payer-health-program
    sanders single payer

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/05/10/attack-sanders-medicare-all-plan-ridiculous

    http://www.pnhp.org/nhi

    http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2015.303157

    http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/In%20the%20Literature/2013/Nov/PDF_Schoen_2013_IHP_survey_chartpack_final.pdf

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/sunday-review/doctors-salaries-are-not-the-big-cost.html?referer=http://m.facebook.com

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/09/15/no-bernie-sanders-is-not-going-to-bankrupt-america-to-the-tune-of-18-trillion/

    http://billmoyers.com/story/the-sanders-economic-plan-controversy/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gerald-friedman/the-wall-street-journal-k_b_8143062.html

    http://fortune.com/2016/02/18/bernie-sanders-economic-growth/

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/08/news/economy/sanders-income-m

    Reign in big pharma they don’t need to be involved in all our health care decisions.
    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/06/484977159/after-medical-marijuana-legalized-medicare-prescriptions-drop-for-many-drugs

    http://www.laweekly.com/news/medical-marijuana-states-see-big-drop-in-drug-prescriptions-and-medicare-spending-7168951

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/13/one-striking-chart-shows-why-pharma-companies-are-fighting-legal-marijuana/

    http://norml.org/news/2016/07/14/study-medical-marijuana-laws-linked-to-less-prescription-drug-use-medicare-spending

    http://www.painmedicinenews.com/Policy-Management/Article/09-16/Medical-Marijuana-State-Laws-Associated-With-Reduced-Medicare-Prescriptions/37747/ses=ogst

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.ibtimes.com/marijuana-legalization-2016-medical-pot-reduces-opioid-use-cuts-medicare-costs-pro-2389844%3Famp%3D1

    http://time.com/4404697/marijuana-opioid-epidemic/

    Good Health care does not need to. e for profit.

    “Nonprofit Health Care’s Unique Role

    First, the basic purpose of nonprofit health care organizations is to improve the health and quality of life for as many people in their communities as possible, regardless of their economic or other circumstances. As such, they are our nation’s health care “safety net.”

    Second, while nonprofits in health care need some profits to remain going concerns, their profits need not be as great as those of for-profits in health care which have to satisfy the dividend and/or price appreciation expectations of their stockholders or other private investors. As a result, nonprofits can and do provide special “community benefits”–unprofitable but needed activities, services and programs for their communities.

    Third, nonprofit health care organizations are governed largely by leaders from the communities they serve, not by out-of-town investor representatives with no passion for those communities.

    Fourth, in keeping with the above three unique characteristics, nonprofit health care organizations are “in it for the long haul.” They are not “here today and gone tomorrow” with services following profit potential–not community needs.

    Lastly, virtually all the available research has found that nonprofit health care organizations provide better quality and customer service on average than their for-profit counter-parts. ”

    http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/compensation-issues/20-highest-paid-healthcare-ceos-in-2015.html

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.ibtimes.com/rising-costs-medical-care-health-insurance-median-pay-ceos-health-care-companies-1938699%3Famp%3D1

    https://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/06/09/14912/skyrocketing-salaries-health-insurance-ceos

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.ibtimes.com/healthcare-pharma-ceos-paid-more-top-execs-any-other-industry-analysis-finds-2374013%3Famp%3D1
    https://www.google.com/amp/www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2015/05/26/pharma-trumps-all-healthcare-sectors-in-executive-compensation/
    https://www.google.com/amp/www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2015/05/26/pharma-trumps-all-healthcare-sectors-in-executive-compensation/
    https://www.google.com/amp/amp.usatoday.com/story/89369152/

  4. As of right now, we have complete coverage for Murderers and Rapists, but an Honest person working full time at Wal-Mart or McDonalds doesn’t get Anything. How can anyone think that is a fair and just system?

    Obamacare isn’t working well because it doesn’t really contain anything to effect prices, the only way it can save is to enroll more comparatively healthy people. What we really need is actual competition. Let doctors and hospitals buy supplies and medications from Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, France, etc. That would save hundreds of billions of dollars. We could also look into what duties are allowed to be performed by LPN’s, RN’s, DR.s and Physician assistants. Then we should look at exactly what level we cover different people, It may be that we should have the same coverage for everybody, or maybe we should have better coverage for Working and retired people than Prisoners.

  5. Of course! I’m 60 years old and the last 8 years have been crazy!! Prior to 2008 our government seemed to function for most of us. The obstructionist congress did nothing for this country, only for the Republican Party! This is not what this country was built on! Now we have a demagogue who is only and totally about him. Where do our government of the people, for the people by the people go!?!?!?
    We made progress with our great President Obama but what great things could have been done with a little cooperation?!?$

  6. Obamacare was designed to fail, just like the ERISA provisions put forward by Ted Kennedy were designed to destroy insurance buying groups

    It’s all a plot to make single-payer look like the ONLY option.

  7. Absolutely agree that we needed public option, but question whether trashing that was completely GOP’S fault.
    Barack Obama has repeatedly shown himself to protect the best interests of financial institutions, corporations (TPP).
    As I recall, slimy Rahm Emmanuel was doing some backroom conferencing with GOP, always wondered if Obama cut some deals with health insurance E, big Pharma.

  8. no riots please. everything was working great when people were using obama care website and people actually went to the hospital to check up on their kids. going to the physician isn’t cheap. hospital operation costs more than real estate. this isn’t putting bricks together. people need to get paid in order to stay alive forget luxury living right now.

  9. I don’t think the Democrats allowed public option, either!! I remember vividly when those hearings were taking place…and the committee kicked out doctors and nurses who were attending the hearings as public option advocates. That’s when Dems were still in control.

    • Yep. Democrat. We actually staged a protest at his office in DC. Printed fake $ with his picture on it — and threw it around. Silly, perhaps. But our point was he took loads of $ from big Ins to kill public option

  10. People, it was Joe Lieberman (not then a Dem, but caucusing with them after his primary defeat in ’06), Connecticut’s answer to Gollum, who killed the public option. He was the crucial sixtieth vote, and was expected to vote for the ACA with the PO intact. Obama thought he was a solid vote for. Then Gollum made a surprise announcement that he would vote against any version of the ACA with a public option, which led to its withdrawal. Major betrayal by His Sliminess.

  11. No, Linda Hagge, that’s single-payer you’re thinking of. Get your own facts straight. “The public health insurance option, also known as the public insurance option or the public option, is a proposal to create a government-run health insurance agency which would compete with other private health insurance companies within the United States. The public option is not the same as publicly funded health care, but was proposed as an alternative health insurance plan offered by the government. The public option was initially proposed for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but was removed after Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) threatened a filibuster.” Up to the final version passed by the Senate, all versions of the bill, including the one passed by the House, contained the public option.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_health_insurance_option

    • If you love Obama (via cult of personality or fetishizing a black man–whatever liberals get off on) while despising Hillary, your politics is infantile, hopelessly contradictory and (the worst part!) totally irrelevant to the future.

    • As I said. One can be highly critical of him, as I am, while not thinking every criticism anybody chooses to mount is correct. Sorry, you are the infantile one, with an infant’s “all or nothing” attitude.

    • Drew Cross None of what you said is even coherent. “As I said” isn’t even a complete sentence.
      I never said you didn’t criticized Obama at all–that’s a straw man–I said on this narrow point you are wrong (factually) to defend him.
      Just wanted to pop my head in to see what the reactionary conservatives were up to!

    • Drew Cross What name have I called you? You’d rather engage in name-calling than engage the facts about Obama’s gross lack of support for anything resembling a single payer system including the meager public option (which was NEVER truly on the table). So sad.

    • I have already “engaged the fact” (whatever that tortured locution is supposed to mean). First, one can be highly critical of Obama while rejecting some criticisms of him, a simple point you refuse or are unable to acknowledge. To do so is not contradictory and is the opposite of the infantile “If you defend him in any respect whatsoever than you’re…” stance you adopt here. Second, you’ve provided no evidence for your claim other than “Greenwald says so” (and he may have provided evidence elsewhere, but didn’t in the things you posted). Sorry,”Greenwald says so” is no more evidence than “The CIA says so”. Third, the version of the ACA containing the PO passed the House and was set to pass the Senate prior to Lieberman’s declaration of opposition, a fact that does not sit well with your hypothesis.

    • Finally, Audrey, don’t be so disingenuous about your name-calling. To call anybody a “reactionary conservative” on the basis of his/her denying one claim about Obama (to say nothing of fetishizing and being infantile and all the rest) is just wild, childish name-calling with no basis whatsoever.

    • Since you clearly didn’t read the article, I’ve pasted the relevant portions here:

      Greenwald referenced a post of his from August of 2009, “which examined substantial evidence showing that, contrary to Obama’s occasional public statements in support of a public option, the White House clearly intended from the start that the final health care reform bill would contain no such provision and was actively and privately participating in efforts to shape a final bill without it.

      “From the start, assuaging the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries was a central preoccupation of the White House — hence the deal negotiated in strict secrecy with Pharma to ban bulk price negotiations and drug reimportation, a blatant violation of both Obama’s campaign positions on those issues and his promise to conduct all negotiations out in the open (on C-SPAN).

      “Indeed, Democrats led the way yesterday in killing drug re-importation, which they endlessly claimed to support back when they couldn’t pass it. The administration wants not only to prevent industry money from funding an anti-health-care-reform campaign, but also wants to ensure that the Democratic Party — rather than the GOP – will continue to be the prime recipient of industry largesse.

      “As was painfully predictable all along, the final bill will not have any form of public option, nor will it include the wildly popular expansion of Medicare coverage. Obama supporters are eager to depict the White House as nothing more than a helpless victim in all of this — the President so deeply wanted a more progressive bill but was sadly thwarted in his noble efforts by those inhumane, corrupt “Congressional “centrists.”

      The evidence was overwhelming from the start that the White House was not only indifferent, but opposed, to the provisions most important to progressives. The administration is getting the bill which they, more or less, wanted from the start — the one that is a huge boon to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industry.”

    • Drew Cross if you’ve ever read the manifesto, you’d understand that your form of petit-bourgeois Socialism is the apotheosis of reactionary and conservative impulses in politics. Alas it’s not my job to educate you further.

  12. Any information that comes off of Salon you cannot consider reliable …….. “Salon is under budgetary constraints to control expenditures. These constraints affect editorial staffing levels and the purchase of content from freelance writers.” And: “Due to Salon’s history of losses, Salon may experience difficulty in hiring and retaining highly skilled employees with appropriate qualifications. Salon may be unable to retain its current key employees or attract, integrate or retain other qualified employees in the future.” …..

  13. Then the hypocrites trash Obama like it’s his fault. He wanted that in there put they didn’t because they have money invested in insurance industry and pharmaceutical. Why don’t a reporter do a check and see who all in our congress have investments in them and make it known to the public who truly is robbing them. I bet it more than we think

  14. There’s a reason that Republicans dislike the ACA, First – it was introduced by a black Democratic President rather than the Heritage Group who designed it instead of the former Governor who passed it in Massachusetts. Secondly -it worked -it covered lots of of uninsured persons and it helped pay many hospitals and providers for uncompensated care that drags their bottom line to a basement level as well as drives the healthcare economy and development upwards.

  15. Obamacare is a good start,,,SINGLE PAYER NOW the rest of the world can do it so can we
    same drug same company …$5 in Europe $100 in the United states,,,,,IT IS A SCAM an it will continue as long as we allow it
    Obamacare did a pitiful amount of good for the American people BUT IT WAS STILL A GOOD THING for all of us,,,,,,,,,,,,,1. Insurance companies can NOT deny YOU healthcare because you are sick,,,the insurance companies cleverly called it PRE EXSISTING conditions ,,they LOST that and they HATE OBAMACARE
    2,Insurance companies MUST spend 80% of the money they collect on the people that it was collected from or by the LAW of OBAMACARE they must return that money to the people that it was taken from,,and they hate OBAMACRE for it,,,,(if you want something to compare it to MEDICARE MUST spend 90% by LAW on the people it was taken from)
    3 Children can stay on their parents’ policy after a certain age under certain conditions They can no longer KICK THEM OFF of that policy and they HATE OBAMECARE for it.
    4, The insurance company can not KICK YOU OFF if you get sick they still have to cover you and they HATE OBAMACARE for it.

  16. Many have said if the repugs came up with a better replacement they would support it. It’s right in front of our eyes.
    It’s time too Demand National Single Payer Expanded Medicare for All. Put our health care needs ahead of big Pharma and insurance industry profits. Stop the Plutocrats of this incoming Kleptocracy.
    It has come to the point for profit health care industry holds us hostage for our very lives. We must reign in Big Pharma and end The for profit health insurance industry. The time for National Single Payer Expanded Medicare for all is now.
    http://valadian.github.io/SandersHealthcareCalculator/

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/32945-calculating-the-cost-of-bernie-sanders-single-payer-health-program
    sanders single payer

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/05/10/attack-sanders-medicare-all-plan-ridiculous

    http://www.pnhp.org/nhi

    http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2015.303157

    http://www.commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/In%20the%20Literature/2013/Nov/PDF_Schoen_2013_IHP_survey_chartpack_final.pdf

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/sunday-review/doctors-salaries-are-not-the-big-cost.html?referer=http://m.facebook.com

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2015/09/15/no-bernie-sanders-is-not-going-to-bankrupt-america-to-the-tune-of-18-trillion/

    http://billmoyers.com/story/the-sanders-economic-plan-controversy/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gerald-friedman/the-wall-street-journal-k_b_8143062.html

    http://fortune.com/2016/02/18/bernie-sanders-economic-growth/

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/08/news/economy/sanders-income-m

    Reign in big pharma they don’t need to be involved in all our health care decisions.
    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/06/484977159/after-medical-marijuana-legalized-medicare-prescriptions-drop-for-many-drugs

    http://www.laweekly.com/news/medical-marijuana-states-see-big-drop-in-drug-prescriptions-and-medicare-spending-7168951

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/13/one-striking-chart-shows-why-pharma-companies-are-fighting-legal-marijuana/

    http://norml.org/news/2016/07/14/study-medical-marijuana-laws-linked-to-less-prescription-drug-use-medicare-spending

    http://www.painmedicinenews.com/Policy-Management/Article/09-16/Medical-Marijuana-State-Laws-Associated-With-Reduced-Medicare-Prescriptions/37747/ses=ogst

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.ibtimes.com/marijuana-legalization-2016-medical-pot-reduces-opioid-use-cuts-medicare-costs-pro-2389844%3Famp%3D1

    http://time.com/4404697/marijuana-opioid-epidemic/

    Good Health care does not need to be for profit.

    “Nonprofit Health Care’s Unique Role

    First, the basic purpose of nonprofit health care organizations is to improve the health and quality of life for as many people in their communities as possible, regardless of their economic or other circumstances. As such, they are our nation’s health care “safety net.”

    Second, while nonprofits in health care need some profits to remain going concerns, their profits need not be as great as those of for-profits in health care which have to satisfy the dividend and/or price appreciation expectations of their stockholders or other private investors. As a result, nonprofits can and do provide special “community benefits”–unprofitable but needed activities, services and programs for their communities.

    Third, nonprofit health care organizations are governed largely by leaders from the communities they serve, not by out-of-town investor representatives with no passion for those communities.

    Fourth, in keeping with the above three unique characteristics, nonprofit health care organizations are “in it for the long haul.” They are not “here today and gone tomorrow” with services following profit potential–not community needs.

    Lastly, virtually all the available research has found that nonprofit health care organizations provide better quality and customer service on average than their for-profit counter-parts. ”

    http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/compensation-issues/20-highest-paid-healthcare-ceos-in-2015.html

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.ibtimes.com/rising-costs-medical-care-health-insurance-median-pay-ceos-health-care-companies-1938699%3Famp%3D1

    https://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/06/09/14912/skyrocketing-salaries-health-insurance-ceos

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.ibtimes.com/healthcare-pharma-ceos-paid-more-top-execs-any-other-industry-analysis-finds-2374013%3Famp%3D1
    https://www.google.com/amp/www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2015/05/26/pharma-trumps-all-healthcare-sectors-in-executive-compensation/
    https://www.google.com/amp/www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2015/05/26/pharma-trumps-all-healthcare-sectors-in-executive-compensation/
    https://www.google.com/amp/amp.usatoday.com/story/89369152/

  17. Obamacare is a good start,,,SINGLE PAYER NOW the rest of the world can do it so can we
    same drug same company …$5 in Europe $100 in the United states,,,,,IT IS A SCAM an it will continue as long as we allow it
    Obamacare did a pitiful amount of good for the American people BUT IT WAS STILL A GOOD THING for all of us,,,,,,,,,,,,,1. Insurance companies can NOT deny YOU healthcare because you are sick,,,the insurance companies cleverly called it PRE EXSISTING conditions ,,they LOST that and they HATE OBAMACARE
    2,Insurance companies MUST spend 80% of the money they collect on the people that it was collected from or by the LAW of OBAMACARE they must return that money to the people that it was taken from,,and they hate OBAMACRE for it,,,,(if you want something to compare it to MEDICARE MUST spend 90% by LAW on the people it was taken from)
    3 Children can stay on their parents’ policy after a certain age under certain conditions They can no longer KICK THEM OFF of that policy and they HATE OBAMECARE for it.
    4, The insurance company can not KICK YOU OFF if you get sick they still have to cover you and they HATE OBAMACARE for it.

  18. There was a time when our health needs was driven by the healthcare professionals; the doctors, the hospitals, and the pharmacists. It was simple and effective …..

    Then the Insurance Companies and Drug Companies weaseled their way into the picture with their, ‘so called’ , better and more cost saving ways of managing our health. This was somewhere around the year 1980 give or take a couple…..

    Well, from then on our healthcare system has gone down hill. When we gave the control to the people who really don’t care about us. It’s about time we take it back and put it back in the hands of the healthcare professionals who care for us, are compassionate caring people, and who work by our sides everyday to keep us healthy.

    • Sorry, that’s just false. Obama pulled single-payer but pushed for the public option. The ACA passed the (Dem-dominated) House with the public option; it was set to pass the Senate until Lieberman announced his opposition. Lieberman was the crucial sixtieth vote and so the public option was taken out of the Senate bill that was passed.

  19. And the public option wasn’t that great and wouldn’t have saved the ACA. It was a concession after Obama broke his promise on single payer. A concession he then reneged on anyway. So the ACA became a giant give away to the insurance industry on the backs of young men who were forced to pay more for insurance they didn’t want and got little use from. Shocker — they refused to sign up. And that’s what the problem is with the ACA.

    • Yeah, you assholes are hilarious. “It’s the Dems who sabotaged the public option! By doing that, they betrayed the American people!” (Easily proven false.) “The public option was always a bullshit strategy anyway!” What jokes you are. This shit is too important to have you clowns making it a clown show

  20. Bottom line is that it will be a major human disaster if GOP rushes to overturn A, without immediately offering viable substitute.
    Very unlikely to be singer player or public option too humane for current political leaders, but have read casual discussions among GOP pols suggesting that it may be several years before they get their s… together to offer any replacement plan for AHA.

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