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Former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney is proposing a national health care plan modeled after the one he implemented in his home state. Do you think it will work? If not, what type of plan would work best?
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The Clinton-Edwards-Romney-Schwarzenegger Health Plan
There’s no doubt that Hillary Clinton unleashed her healthcare plan with a better pr campaign than any other candidate…just as there’s no doubt that many of the plans being pushed by politicians look alike.
We’ll take a look at where the healthcare debate has gone since Hillary turned the heat up……cross-posted at the [http://www.GuaranteedHealthcare.org/blog National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association’s] Breakroom Blog, as we organize to make 2007 the Year of GUARANTEED healthcare on the single-payer model.
Consumer advocate Jamie Court argues that we’re criminalizing patients and enriching insurers] by mandating the purchase of insurance:
The average health insurance premium for a family of four is just over $12,000. What middle-class family making, say, $60,000 per year can afford that bill, much less the deductibles and copays to follow?
Blogger Bookgrl counters that Hillary Clinton’s plan is a back-door end-around way to achieve guaranteed, single-payer healthcare:
Hillary's plan ensures that private insurance companies will have to compete with one of the most successful government programs you've never had access to before. ..To me, the understated Medicare opt-in is all that really matters. It's a path to single or quasi-single payer healthcare if ever there was one.
Paul Krugman on the other hand] doesn’t think Clinton’s plan—and all the ones that are similar to it--will lead to single-payer healthcare, but he does think it’s the best we’re gonna get:
These plans may disappoint advocates of a cleaner, simpler single-payer system. But it’s hard to see how Medicare for all could get through Congress any time in the near future, whereas Edwards-type plans offer a reasonable second best that you can actually envision being enacted by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Democratic president just two years from now.
Barbara Ehrenreich agrees ClintonCare won’t be the stepping-stone to single-payer…and suggests we gird our resolve and steel ourselves rather than give in so quickly:
Bow your heads and raise the white flags. After facing down the Third Reich, the Japanese Empire, the U.S.S.R., Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein, the United States has met an enemy it dares not confront -- the American private health insurance industry.
With the courageous exception of Dennis Kucinich, the Democratic candidates have all rolled out health "reform" plans that represent total, Chamberlain-like, appeasement.
For context on the healthcare crisis, a new report finds it’s worse than we thought: one-third of U.S. residents have been without health insurance for some period over the last two years. Yikes. And the Wall St. Journal, evangelists of the free markets, reports a poll finding that 65% of the American public] wants the government to guarantee healthcare…as happens in single-payer systems succeeding around the world.
To join the fight for guaranteed healthcare (with a “Medicare for All” or SinglePayer financing), visit http://www.guaranteedhealthcare.org/ GuaranteedHealthcare.org, a project of the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association.