Thursday, December 17, 2009

Healthcare - We're Losing

It ain't done yet, with negotiations continuing and talk of going to reconciliation which could yield even more varied results, but at this moment it appears the medical insurance consortium has written the bill it wanted all along. Here are the key points that are totally objectionable:

No Importation of Drugs
It is unconscionable that U.S. companies can sell their products (drugs) in other countries at lower cost than can be negotiated here. To further stifle the consumer by keeping the importation of those drugs illegal is entirely a gift to pharma.

Required Insurance Policies
By taking all that are uninsured and requiring them to buy a policy run by the current insurance companies is leading the sheep to slaughter.

No Public Option
Without a public option to counter the corporate-led offerings there is no competition. To say that competition exists in medical insurance is to deny the collusion that is evident.

I want to support this administration's attempt at healthcare reform but cannot. It is horribly flawed on several levels and does nothing for the middle class.

This bill should be voted down and the democrats should go back to writing a bill that serves the people, not the corporations.

How the heck did this happen? I blame the GOP for the most part, but also the attempts at bipartisanship by the Obama administration. There are no bipartisan desires on the side of the republicans and without that, there should be no attempt to include them in any negotiations.

We don't need healthcare reform. We need health insurance reform. That is entirely lacking in this bill as I understand it.


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